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What to do if you're having relationship problems

Posted 07 January 2016 by Wendy Brighton

What exactly do you do when you know you have serious relationship problems? It is a very stressful time and there are so many things to think about and plan for. One of the first concerns is very likely to be money, particularly if there is to be a separation, temporary or otherwise, it means there are two lots of accommodation costs coming out of the same income. It is important to work through the income and expenses together if the situation is amicable and it is also helpful to get advice about what entitlement you may have, both state benefits and the provision the law makes for you i...

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New Domestic Abuse Law

Posted 05 January 2016 by Dawn Pennell

You may have recentlyseen reports in the news that the law relating to prosecutions for domestic abuse has changed but what is the change and what effect could it have on you? Until recently domestic abuse could only be prosecuted if the behaviour was physical or it could be proved to have caused psychiatric injury. However domestic abuse is not just physical violence so, in the past, this has resulted in the majority of incidents of psychological abuse not being prosecuted. With effect from 29th December 2015 coercive or controlling domestic abuse became a crime under Section 76 of the S...

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Why you should consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney

Posted 07 December 2015 by Richard Tinkler

If you have not heard of a Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’), you are not alone. Research has shown that, of people aged 45 or over who do not already have one, 45% said they had never heard of an LPA, or know nothing about one, and indeed a further 29% said they had heard of it but know little about it. An LPA enables you, when you have mental capacity, to appoint a specified person or people to deal with your property and financial affairs and/or make health and welfare decisions on your behalf. The ability to deal with these two types of matters are dealt with in separate fo...

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Why is it important to make a will and not rely on the statutory inheritance rules?

Posted 07 December 2015 by Richard Tinkler

The Law Society’s research has shown that only 64% of people over the age of 55 have made a will. This means that over a third of people in this age group have not. If you die without having made a will, the statutory rules governing who will inherit from your estate, known as the “intestacy rules”, take over. These rules changed in October 2014 and set out a hierarchy of relatives to inherit from your estate. These rules may work for you, but for most people the chance is that they will not, and so making a will is the only way to ensure that your specific wishes for what...

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