Families

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 …

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 …

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 …