Matrimonial & Family
We will always try to work for a reasonable solution to family disputes and we will not push you into taking steps you do not want. We will make sure you understand your legal rights but you are in control of how far you want us to take any part of your case. . We will not increase bitterness or hostility by being unnecessarily aggressive. But, when necessary, we will fight for your rights by being both firm and persistent in the protection of your interests. We are members of Resolution and the Family Law accreditation.
We can help with:
* Divorce or separation
* Disputes over contact or residence arrangements and other disputes relating to children
* Emergency action to stop domestic violence
* Sorting out money and property issues on relationship breakdown
* Civil partnership matters
Whether you are a first time buyer purchasing your first property or purchasing buy to let properties to increase your property portfolio our conveyancing team will assist you every step of the way. We work closely with local Estate Agents and we try to ensure we make buying or selling your property as easy as possible. We are members of the Law Society Conveyancing Quality Scheme
We will provide competitive quotes for all standard types of conveyancing of houses or flats including:
* Purchases – (cash purchase or with a Mortgage)
* “Right to Buy” Council house purchase
* Lease Extensions
* Transfer of Equity
We also deal with matters such as First Registrations, Assents and Purchasing Freehold Interests
Internet Case Tracking Service
We work with local independent Estate Agents via LFS (Law Firm Services) in respect of transactions introduced to us by them. We provide an interactive online case tracking facility for the benefit of our conveyancing clients. Our conveyancing team updates the tracking facility as each matter progresses forward which enables those clients who wish to do so to track the progress of their matter at any time from start to finish via the internet by the use of a unique case number from the comfort of their own computer/mobile phone or tablet. (An internet connection is required).
Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney & Deputyship Orders
There are Statutory rules for those who will inherit your property if you die without making a Will. The rules may not produce the outcome that you either expect or want. Examples of which are that the surviving partner of an unmarried couple will not inherit and only a portion of a deceased spouse’s estate will belong to the survivor thus depriving him or her of the whole estate and diminishing the benefit of Inheritance Tax for their Children. It is greatly important that you make a Will and review it from time to time especially as your family changes and if you marry, re-marry, live together or go through separation or divorce. We can advise you on making a Will to suit all of the above and to ensure that your estate is dealt with by those in whom you have faith and trust. Parents can appoint a guardian or guardians to look after their children.
For those people who cannot or do not wish to look after their own financial affairs we will advise them on the most appropriate way to appoint an Attorney to do so for them. We will also prepare a document to accord with their wishes. This service is now of great importance to our aging population. In view of new legislation it is in our view that all mature adults should regard the appointment of an Attorney as being vitally important to their financial and other interests.
In cases where a person is unable to appoint an Attorney due to lack of capacity we can also assist with making an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputy to be legally appointed. The powers of a Deputy can relate to matters of dealing with financial affairs and/or the personal and welfare issues of a person without capacity.
We advise Executors and Trustees of their obligations and duties to the estate of a deceased person. We carry out all of the steps required to obtain a Grant from the High Court in respect of the Deceased’s Estate and then collect in and distribute money and property to which Beneficiaries are entitled where we are instructed to do so by Executors (or where we as a firm are Executors).
We prepare Deeds of Trust for those who need them, whether they relate to personal property or land (including occupational interests in land).
We can advise both employers and employees in relation to all aspects of Employment Law.
We will initially consider matters on your behalf and advise you as to the course of action which would be best for you. We will attempt negotiations in the first instance in an effort to bring a speedy and non contentious conclusion to the difficulties you may have experienced. Not every case proceeds to the Employment Tribunal but should this be necessary then we will represent you at such a Tribunal.
In particular we deal with the following:
* Compromise Agreements
* Disciplinary & Grievance Procedures
* Unfair & Constructive Dismissal
* Contracts of Employment, Employment Policies & Handbooks
* Equal Pay
Other legal problems
A person’s problems may not fit into any particular category. Therefore if you have a legal problem that seems to fall outside the types of legal work mentioned here do ask us about it. We deal with other legal matters and will always help you if we feel able to do so. If however you wish us to advise you on something completely outside our range of work we will tell you and we shall try to refer you to someone who we feel is able to deal with it.