Where there’s a will : why education not modernisation is the solution

By Martin Holdsworth, head of the contentious wills, trust & estates team

A consultation by the Law Commission for England and Wales on whether wills law should be brought into the “modern world” has reignited a long-running debate.

The independent body says that 40% of people who die each year do so without a will, having been put off by strict formality rules. It is now considering allowing texts, emails and other electronic communications to be recognised as a valid will. Continue reading

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Steps to take if your ex won’t provide details of the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of a pension

 

Our latest guest blog on The Divorce Magazine asks what you need to do if your ex won’t provide details of the Cash Equivalent Transfer Value of a pension.

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How separated parents can take the heat out of summer holidays planning

For ex-spouses who are divorced or separated, planning a timetable to ensure their children’s break is memorable for all the right reasons can be even more challenging.

We have compiled six tips to keep stress to a minimum for you and your ex when the temperatures soar.

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Why we’re backing a fantastic family charity event for Father’s Day

Jones Myers is supporting a star-studded charity benefit event on Father’s Day which is boosting awareness for an inspirational charity.

Headlined by showbiz legends Cannon and Ball, the vibrant evening of family entertainment at Harrogate Theatre is a fundraiser for Shine  which provides specialist support for individuals and families who face the challenges of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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Undergoing divorce? – How to emerge with a smile

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If you’re going through a painful parting, the concept of a happy and successful divorce may appear beyond the realms of possibility when you feel that your world is collapsing around you.

While the importance of being able to call on someone of sound judgement during a breakup is invaluable, not everyone has a close, reliable network of family and friends to help them.

This is why we champion a holistic approach comprising suitably trained lawyers, life coaches and financial advisers (as the case requires). This specialist support group understands the grieving process and works as a team to help manage each part of the jig-saw in a vital planning process. Continue reading

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Senior judge’s plea adds weight to ‘no-fault’ divorce campaign

 

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The call by the UK’s top family law judge for new legislation to allow ‘no-fault’ divorces reinforces the pressing need for their introduction.

Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division and Britain’s fourth most senior judge, has said that current divorce laws, which date from 1969, “are based on hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty”. He has called for a system where registrars are simply notified of divorces – like births, marriages and deaths – with the only legal involvement being to resolve disagreements over money.

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Why it’s vital to protect children from the heat of divorce

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By Peter Jones, founder

There is no shortage of studies on the effects of divorce, which is hardly surprising since family break ups affect so many people in so many ways.

However some ‘research’ published flies in the face of all previous commentaries – not to mention to our breadth and depth of experience in family law.

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Why collaborative law can prevent couples getting in a lather over litigation costs

 

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A recent news report reinforces the folly of spending large sums of money on heated court battles in favour of a non-confrontational, less stressful and more cost-effective solution.

A High Court judge has lambasted an estranged couple who supply luxury bathrobes and towels to top hotels for racking up a “crazy” £1.5m legal bill in wrangling over their £10m assets. Having spent 15% of their wealth on the bitter battle, Mr Justice Holman has urged them to negotiate.

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How to approach the thorny issue of pensions when divorcing

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Along with dwindling annuity rates and the demise of defined pension schemes, it is a fact of life that divorcees’ retirement incomes are inevitably lower than those of non-divorcees.

A further downside is that from April 6, 2016, thousands of people who divorce, remarry or form a new civil partnership can no longer use ex-spouses’ National Insurance contributions to help increase their basic state pension. Continue reading

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Why pre-nups enable openness and transparency to blossom

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The increasing popularity of pre-nup agreements reflects how couples view their open and transparent nature as a positive factor when planning their wedding.

Far from castigating the agreements as clinical and unromantic, more couples are showing that while seeking to protect inherited or family money, they also want to do ‘the right thing’ by each other – and by any children.

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