Families

Successful Inheritance Act claim for perceived "lodger"

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Testamentary freedom, or a person's freedom to dispose of their property upon death as they see fit, is a fundamental principle of English and Welsh law. More …

The benefits and pitfalls of new build properties

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UK Finance has announced that first time buyers accounted for over 50% of all new residential mortgages in the first quarter of 2018. Recent government led initiatives have resulted in first time buyers becoming a significant proportion of the buyer market, particularly within the new build sector. For those taking their first steps on the property ladder we take a look at the benefits and pitfalls of new build properties and how to minimise the risk. More …

Supreme Court rules on who can decide to withdraw life-sustaining treatment

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A hugely important decision was handed down by the Supreme Court this week, affecting what families can do when a loved one is on life support. It was ruled that families and doctors can agree amongst themselves to end life sustaining care – without having to make a time-consuming and expensive application to Court. More …

For richer, for poorer…even after divorce?

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Can a payer of maintenance be forced to subsidise the recipient's financial mistakes? More …

Pets and your Will - 'Prepare for their care'

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We are a nation of pet lovers, in fact over 45 percent of us own a pet [i]. However what many do not consider is what will happen to their pet after they die. There are a number of options. More …

Would your "special contribution" assist you on divorce?

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In recent weeks, it has been reported in the media that the wife of an entrepreneur was awarded £115 million in one of Britain's biggest divorces. However, this was much less than the 50% share that she had hoped for, so how did the husband manage to achieve a break from equality in his favour? More …

Unravelling capacity

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The term "capacity" is used so frequently and is often misunderstood. Legal and medical professionals are likely to have a different understanding of this powerful word, which ultimately determines whether someone may or may not be able to do a certain act. As it is Dementia Awareness Week, I thought it would be really useful to dispel any myths about this word and give some background information on why it is so important. More …

Safeguarding your health: LPAs and Messages in a Bottle

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Dementia affects a person's capacity to make decisions as well as their general health and wellbeing. It is a condition which generally gets worse over time and is by its nature difficult to predict and manage. More …

Bristol, Baronesses and Baa-ing - Resolution's 30th National Conference

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Representatives from each of the Blake Morgan family team's three locations (Rachel Giles – Southampton, James Davies – Oxford and Farhana Shahzady – London) recently attended Resolution's 30th National Conference, which was billed as the highlight of the family law calendar. More …