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No-Fault Divorce Needed

Family Law Group Resolution have been pushing for some time for the government to make necessary provisions for a 'no-fault' divorce. The...

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The new State Pension Scheme

Here the Department for Work and Pensions provide a useful overview of the changes to State Pension

Who gets the new State Pension The new State Pension scheme has been introduced for people who reach State Pension age on or after 6...…

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Unmarried couples without Wills

When an individual dies without a Will their estate is distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy. Unmarried couples do not...

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2013-First decline in marriages since 2009

Yesterday the Office of National Statistics published the most recent figures on marriages in England and Wales for 2013. It showed a...

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Gary Lineker - formula for divorce

In theory I understand why Mr Lineker wants to sort out divorce finances by mathematical formula, but in practice - beware what you wish...

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Public interest or being nosey?

As the Court of Protection becomes more open, it is clear that a balance needs to be struck between the right of reporting that which is...

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Prince dies without a Will

It seems Prince has died without making a Will. Although the laws in America will differ from ours, the problems caused when someone does...

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Not Leaving A Will Leaves A Problem

Will, probate

Pop star Prince did not leave a Will which is very surprising. I cannot imagine how many times he would have been advised to leave a Will...…

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Costly consequences for the mismanagement of Dementia treatment

This is in an interesting read following on from the recent report by the International Longevity Centre UK

A new report by the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) demonstrates that a failure to prevent, diagnose, and treat depression,...…

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Spinal Injuries Association - Share Your Experience

At Brethertons our association with and support for the Spinal Injuries Association is something that often features in our blogs. Please...

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Divorce is Difficult!

You may have read recently that Gary Lineker recently gave his thoughts on the English divorce process in which he suggested that...

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A push for No Fault Divorce

It is fantastic to hear that the new chair of Resolution has confirmed in his first speech that he thinks a reform should be pushed for...

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Maintenance or Clean Break on Divorce

The question of whether someone is entitled to maintenance is a complex one. Lawyers often try and oversimplify the issue in order to...

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Domestic Violence and Legal Advice

Domestic violence can come in many forms and against both genders. It is not always as black and white as "husband hits wife in act of...

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Lasting Power of Attorney - Act now!

I speak to more and more people who understand the important nature of Lasting Powers of Attorney. It seems like such a strange thing to...

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Can Alzheimers be prevented?

Alzheimers is the most common form of Dementia and the number of people diagnosed with the disease is steadily increasing each year. ...

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It is all Greek to ... all of us

I am all for raising awareness and understanding of spinal cord injuries. I was asked again earlier this week (and not for the first...

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Company Assets on Divorce

A rather interesting and thought provoking case has appeared before the Court of Appeal recently in which the question of whether a...

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Grandparents' Rights to Contact

Grandparents play an integral role in a child's development. It is therefore worrying to see an increasing number of grandparents being...

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Benefits Assessments controversy

Channel 4's Dispatches reported on Monday evening about the controversial assessments being undertaken to decide eligibility for Personal...

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The past is almost irrelevant, isn't it?

Yan Assoun recently appealed an Order from the Court in respect of his divorce proceedings, claiming that "What is in the past is almost...

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Tips to reduce your Inheritance Tax bill

This interesting article provides five key tips to reduce your inheritance tax bill. The number one tip is to prepare a professionally...

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Conscious Uncoupling - Is it possible?

I read an excellent quote earlier about the changing perception of divorce and how this can influence a person's approach to separation....

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David Cameron's Tax Planning Gifts

Much has been written about David Cameron and tax in the last few days. Much was made on Sunday and Monday of the gifts given to him by...

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Full and frank disclosure

Building on the Sharland & Gohil cases, we see further evidence of the need for full and frank disclosure within divorce proceedings in...

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Wills and Blended Families

Lynda Bellingham's sons accept that their mother gave her estate to her husband in her will, but they believe that it was her intention...

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Inheritance Tax Resentment

The Government says that the Residential Nil Rate Band for deaths after 6 April 2017 will help the middle class, but at the same time...

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Inheritance Tax "Loopholes"

Some of these methods of mitigating the inheritance tax on your death need to be very carefully considered, especially with the...

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Black Box Thinking, Aviation, Cycling and the NHS

More coverage on @BBCr4Today of the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch that will come in to force from today. The interplay with...

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