Living together? How to protect your rights by Claire Ward

November 28, 2017 1 comment

family law

There are now 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK – that’s one family in five, making this the fastest growing family type. Whilst there may be many reasons couples choose not to marry, most don’t realise they can be leaving themselves in a precarious situation. Many people in such a situation should consider protecting…

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Protecting your interests outside marriage

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November 22, 2017 3 comments

Sharia

Last night a documentary on Channel 4 examined the legal effects of a traditional Islamic marriage (nikah) in this country. Whilst it may spark controversy and media attention, the subject is nothing new. Advocates in this area have been trying to raise awareness for years, albeit with differing opinions on what should happen. Should the…

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Edward VIII’s will ‘can be opened’ says President

November 17, 2017 0 comments

wills and probate

The envelope containing the will of late monarch Edward VIII can be unsealed, Family Division President Sir James Munby has ruled. Edward VIII was King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for less than a year before famously abdicating in December 1936. His desire to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson was considered unacceptable according…

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HMCTS outlines digital progress

October 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

The CEO of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has outlined progress towards the development of online court facilities. In a new blog post, Susan Acland-Hood explains that the Service has now launched a first set of internet options, called “online routes to justice”. These deal with applications for divorce and probate, as well…

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Aristocratic heir disputing father’s will with his widow

October 19, 2017 2 comments

wills and probate

English aristocrat the 9th Earl of Bathurst is embroiled in a dispute over his father’s will with his widowed stepmother. Henry, the 8th Earl of Bathurst, divorced the mother of his three children in 1976. He later remarried and his 89 year-old second wife, Gloria, now carries the title Dowager Countess Bathurst. When Henry died…

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Will and probate regulations ‘need modernisation’

July 13, 2017 1 comment

wills and probate

Wills and probate law is out of date and needs to be modernised the Law Commission has claimed. The Commission is an independent body tasked with reviewing legislation and recommending reform where necessary. Its review of wills legislation has now reached public consultation stage. Modern wills law dates back to the Victorian era, the Commission…

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Probate fee increase dropped ahead of election

April 21, 2017 0 comments

family law

A proposed increase in administration fees for probate cases has been dropped ahead of this summer’s snap general election. The Ministry of Justice claims that there is not enough time for this legislation to make its way through Parliament before its dissolution in May. That was originally supposed to be the month that these changes…

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