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Homeowners beware of the property trap

  • Author: Daniel Curry
  • Posted on: 17th February 2017
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Getting a foot on the property ladder can be one of the biggest achievements in life, especially when so many people in the UK are struggling to pull together a deposit, secure a viable mortgage and find a home they like and can actually afford. It is one thing to survive the house buying process without suffering too much stress, but to find out that your ownership rights are not quite what you were expecting would be a shock and distressing for anyone who might find themselves in that situation.

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Settlement Agreements to Resolve Workplace Disputes

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 8th February 2017
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A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding ‘contract’ between an employer and an employee to bring an end to a working relationship in a way that gives certainty and finality for both parties. The majority of employers and employees would view this method to be a much better way of resolving workplace disputes than to have to face the stress and uncertainty of possible Court or Tribunal proceedings

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Living Longer Increases Divorce Rates

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 3rd February 2017
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Can living longer really increase chances of divorce? 

The suggestion that a longer life span can increase the likelihood of divorce may come as a surprise to many couples, especially when there is so much relationship advice and support available to encourage couples to look at other options before considering a separation or divorce.

Why then should living longer lead to a relationship breakdown?

The thought process behind this as discussed in a recent article in The Telegraph is:

"during that longer timespan we’re encouraged to assume a wider range of roles than we’ve ever taken… Read more

Would you celebrate your union with a post-nuptial agreement?

  • Author: Gemma Thew
  • Posted on: 24th January 2017
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What is a post-nuptial agreement and do I need one?

A post nuptial agreement is "a contract that is drawn up after marriage or a couple have formed a civil partnership. The Agreement provides details on how the couple’s assets and property would be split in the event of the couple divorcing, separating or upon death."

The post-nuptial agreement may be seen by some as an unromantic and pessimistic act, however for many couples it can offer security and peace of mind, especially if they have experienced the breakdown of a marriage or relationship in the past. This Read more

Is it time to start saving for your future?

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 18th January 2017
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When to start paying into a pension and planning for the future The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have recently reported that the average spend of a retired household in the UK is £21,770, which is just less than that of a non-retired household at £28,481, these are very close figures by comparison.

BBC News have published a helpful article highlighting the contributions required in order to achieve a pension pot of £20,000, this is looking at average earnings of £26,364 per year as well as the age that men and women start to save. The thought of… Read more

Lasting Power of Attorney- Protect yourself and your loved ones with professional advice

  • Author: David Crosby
  • Posted on: 16th January 2017
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A Lasting Power of Attorney enables you to give someone you trust the legal authority to act on your behalf in terms of your financial affairs and important Health & Welfare decisions should you lack the mental capacity to do so, or if you prefer to no longer make certain decisions in the future.

With many people using online resources to manage their affairs, a Lasting Power of Attorney can be completed online, however as this recent story in the BBC News reminds us, a Power of Attorney gives an Attorney potentially full control over your finances and… Read more

Market Your Property Successfully Using These Top Tips

  • Author: Daniel Curry
  • Posted on: 12th January 2017
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Selling a property during the winter months can seem like a dreary prospect, however post Christmas is the time when many people begin to consider significant life changes and this sees potential buyers starting to embark on the search for their next property.

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You can make your own choices with drink driving, but how do you stop someone else from doing it?

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 9th January 2017
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It's often easier to make decisions for ourselves when it comes to drink driving and whether it's a good idea to do it, but when it comes to encouraging someone else to stop drink driving the challenges can be much harder.

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Sussex Police reveal names of local drink & drug drivers caught over Christmas

  • Author: Lucinda Dore
  • Posted on: 4th January 2017
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Sussex Police have revealed details of a number of motorists caught drink and drug driving over the Christmas period as part of Operation Crackdown.

The article in Sussex Police online reports that "Officers carrying out dedicated patrols and responding to reports of incidents have so far made 187 arrests in the county as part of the Christmas campaign run by Surrey and Sussex Police. Of these, 24 have already been convicted and a further 77 have been charged to appear before magistrates."

The details of those published in the report includes their names, ages, area of residency,… Read more

Has your relationship been struck down on Divorce Day

  • Author: Marie Stock
  • Posted on: 3rd January 2017
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So it's officially "Divorce Day" 2017, a time when the stresses and strains in a relationship brought about by arrival of the festive season have finally boiled over, January is a busy time of year for family lawyers and also people seeking help via family mediation.

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