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Your home but whose house

Nina Lake
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It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to get on the property ladder. With mortgage companies now asking for deposits of around 20%, it is no surprise that young married couples are increasingly being helped by family members to fund the purchase...

Carer caught up in legal battle commenced by a professional Genealogist

Katie de Swarte
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An interesting case took place early this year where a carer was successful in securing part of her inheritance from the estate of the elderly lady she cared for. The estate was represented by a professional Genealogist who has appeared on the BBC series of...

Divorce and the cheating spouse: How should you proceed?

Nina Lake
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The five facts which you may rely upon as the reason for your divorce are: – adultery – unreasonable behaviour of your spouse – 2 years separation with the consent of your spouse – 5 years separation – desertion If...

Proposed Law Change

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Proposed law change   The Law Commission has recently announced that it will be reviewing the law relating to wills with the aim of encouraging more people to make a will and reduce the number of wills being challenged. The Law Commission...

Cohabitation agreements essential for unmarried couples

Nina Lake
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This summer, the Office for National Statistics announced that the number of cohabiting couples increased by 3% in the 10 years leading up to 2011 whilst the number of households which are made up of married couples fell by 5% over the same period. With...

Will Rectification: The Marley v Rawlings way...

Katie de Swarte
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Will Rectification: The Marley v Rawlings way… In my previous blogs I have reviewed the case of Marley v Rawlings , the first ‘will’ case to go before the UK Supreme Court. Briefly, this case involved a couple who made identical...

Pensions - Is 50/50 always equal?

Nina Lake
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I am not even going to try and discuss the entire topic of pensions on divorce in one blog article, but instead just touch on one particular issue which I have come across recently. This is what should be considered when all the parties really want is for...

Son forges mother's signature on deathbed will

Katie de Swarte
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Son forges mother’s signature on a deathbed will One of the types of claims we deal with is when a will may be invalid, which can be for a number of reasons. One reason why a will may be invalid is where the signature of the person making the will...

Will dispute

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Will Dispute   Alison Walker 31 and Jennifer Rowan 32 are fighting to have their mother’s will overturned after she left her fortune to her partner, Mr Badmin. Alison and Jennifer claim Elizabeth Walker was suffering from a brain tumour...

The validay of religious marriages in English law

Nina Lake
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Congratulations! You are engaged! It is now time to make your plans for the big celebrations. There is obviously a lot to think about – outfits, decorations, food. But what about the venue for the actual ceremony? Have you always envisaged your wedding...

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