Individuals

What is adultery?

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It is perhaps not necessary to define adultery as it is commonly used! Interestingly however, the legal definition and use of adultery is complex once considered carefully. Our expert looks in more detail. More …

Have the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act gone far enough?

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Senior Solicitor Ben Coulson discusses whether the recent changes to the Civil Partnership Act have gone far enough. More …

Doing nothing is dangerous...

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…or at least, it can be when it comes to probate matters – especially on the first death of a couple in a civil partnership or marriage More …

How do you solve a problem like Civil Partnerships?

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The Prime Minister today has announced that the government will legislate to extend Civil Partnerships to heterosexual couples. So what does this mean? More …

Reducing family conflict – wherever possible

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As members of Resolution, the Family team at Blake Morgan strive to reduce conflict as far as possible in all cases that are dealt with. This is often made challenging by the current law in respect of divorce. More …

Death Benefits – a positive development on the rights of cohabitees and 'common-law spouses'

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In the recent Supreme Court decision in the matter of an application by Siobhan McLaughlin for Judicial Review (Northern Ireland) [2018] UKSC 48, the UK's highest court took a big step in the right direction to strengthen the rights of cohabitees. More …

Controlling the fate of your estate

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The tragic death of businessman Richard Cousins and his family in a seaplane crash on New Year's Eve in 2017 re iterated the importance of including a "Disaster Scenario Clause" in your Will. A Disaster Scenario Clause allows you to state where you would like your estate to go if all your immediate family die at the same time as you. In the case of Richard Cousins, he named Oxfam to be his ultimate beneficiary, and they benefitted from his £41 million estate. More …

Selecting the right charity to support - and 'targeting' your legacy

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Now in its 9th year, the 'Remember A Charity Week' campaign is launching a new tool to help individuals discover charities whose work is close to their heart. More …

Buyer-funded developments: is the potential return worth the risk?

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Post the financial crisis of 2008, the buyer-funded development model has become increasingly common. Recent media coverage tells a tale of failed projects, substantial financial loss and allegations of fraud. We explore how these schemes operate and the risks. More …

Freehold vs leasehold: what's the difference?

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Freehold and leasehold are the two main types of property ownership in the UK. Here we explain how these types of ownership differ and the considerations to note when buying a leasehold property. More …