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  • Did you know?

    Did you know?
    • There is no such thing as a ‘quickie divorce’. Divorces take about 4 months to finalise, whether they are based on adultery, unreasonable behaviour or separation. Also, divorce is not automatic if you have been separated for more than 5 years. All divorces follow the same procedure.
    • Getting divorced does not sever financial ties. A divorce simply ends your marriage. You also need to agree financial matters and have your agreement sealed by the Court. This is known as a Consent Order. A Consent Order can be agreed amicably. There is no need to fight tooth and nail in Court. Even if you re-marry, your ex-spouse could still make financial claims against you if you do not have a sealed Consent Order.
    • If you lose mental capacity and cannot deal within your financial affairs, nobody (including your family) can step in unless you have a registered Lasting Power of Attorney or someone is appointed by the Court. The Court process is expensive and takes many months. In the meantime, your bank accounts cannot be used and bills remain unpaid. This can be catastrophic if you are running a business.It would be so much easier and cheaper to make a Lasting Power of Attorney now. You decide who deals with your affairs.
    • If you do not have a Will, it can be a very difficult process for your loved ones to deal with your estate when you die. Who will look after your children? Who will take care of your pets? If you are married, your spouse does not necessarily receive everything. If you are unmarried and own a property with your partner, there is no guarantee that they will be able to continue to live in your home.Even if you already have a Will, when did you last review it? It is advisable to review your Will every 3 to 5 years.
    • If you are a step-parent, you have no right to make a formal decision about the welfare of the children of your spouse. This includes medical care and schooling. However, this can easily be resolved by signing a step-parent parental responsibility agreement. You must have the consent and signature of everyone who already has parental responsibility.
    • For more information, contact us to make a free initial 30 minute appointment. We also offer fixed fees for divorce, Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, step-parent parental responsibility agreements and other services.


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