Shocking stories of a Midlands estate agent and even a churchman conning elderly people out of their life savings have sadly hit the headlines in recent months. Here Helen Bradin, Partner at local solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, explains why everyone needs to consider appointing a Power of Attorney to safeguard their finances and protect themselves from those who prey on the vulnerable.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics in December 2012 showed that Britain has the highest divorce rate in the European Union with an estimated 42% of marriages in England and Wales ending in divorce. Helen Bradin, Partner at local solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, warns that warring partners are often misguided or unaware of their legal position. Here she addresses some of the typical situations the firm advises on on a daily basis:
In November 2012 the Office for National Statistics released figures showing that 5.9 million people in the UK were cohabiting – twice as many as in 1996. Yet despite the increase in numbers, many people [...]
For some couples, spending a lot of time together over Christmas and New Year magnifies underlying major relationship issues. Which is why family law firms traditionally report seeing a spike in divorce enquiries during the month of January. But with more than 100,000 divorces granted each year, Helen Bradin, Partner at solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP in Lichfield, advises couples to first step back and fully assess their options before rushing to split up:
The first day back at work after Christmas and New Year is known as 'D-Day' amongst lawyers. It is the time when warring couples are most likely to instigate divorce proceedings - more are started in January than in any other month. With legal aid all but having disappeared, except where domestic violence can be proved, some couples may be tempted to go down the 'DIY' divorce route to avoid legal fees. Here Helen Bradin, Partner at solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, explains the potential pitfalls of managing your own divorce:
Statistics published by the Alzheimer's Society reveal that there are presently around 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, a figure which is projected to rise to 1 million by 2025. With legal disputes over Wills made by dementia sufferers on the increase, Helen Bradin, Partner at solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, explains the importance of planning for the future.
When a relationship comes to an end and assets are divided up, a pension pot is very often the most valuable capital asset after a home. With civil partnered and gay married couples now having the same legal rights as straight married spouses, those who do not prepare may find their expected pension benefits significantly impacted when they split up.
LGBT people can become parents by co-parenting (two people agree to conceive and raise a child together even though they are not in a relationship), adoption, foster care, donor insemination and surrogacy. Fertility Law - an umbrella term which also covers same- sex parenting and sperm donation - is very complex so I will focus on the most recent changes to the law and how it affects lesbians and gays.
Significant then are figures published by the Department for Education which show that the number of same-sex couples adopting in England doubled over a four year period, rising from 3% in 2009 to 6% in 2013.
Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics in February 2015 showed that 974 civil partnership dissolutions were granted in England and Wales in 2013, an increase of 20% since 2012. With many gay couples having awaited the legalisation of same-sex marriage, Lee Trubshaw, Partner at solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, examines the fors and againsts of pre-nuptial agreements for partners looking to enter into a civil partnership or marriage:
On 1 October 2014 new laws governing what happens to a person's money if they die without a Will (intestate) came into force. In the biggest legal overhaul since 1925, the Inheritance and Trustees Powers Act 2014 (ITPA 2014) affects how the assets of people who die without a Will are shared between their relatives. Here, Lee Trubshaw, Partner at solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP, highlights the key changes:
According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, 1409 same-sex couples married in the first three months after the law was introduced on 29th March 2014. Yet around 120,000 people already in civil partnerships have had to wait until December 10th to have the option to convert their union into a marriage. Here Lee Trubshaw, Partner at solicitors Bradin Trubshaw & Kirwan LLP and specialist in civil partnership dissolution, explains the conversion process: