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Child Arrangements and Coronavirus

During these difficult times, many parents will be worried about the impact that the Coronavirus is having on existing child arrangement orders and future hearings. Our blog acts as guidance only and not for your specific case. The overall message is to follow Government guidance, act sensibly and contact us for further advice on 01792 468684. The main question – can I have contact with […]

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Conveyancing and Coronavirus – The Implications

They say moving home is one of the most stressful times in your life, but how about moving home in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic? A question from many at the moment is – what is the impact of the coronavirus on my residential conveyancing transaction? The Law Society recently shared what they determined to be some new and perhaps unique issues that buyers […]

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‘Pet’ Nuptial Agreements

Recently in the media, I’m A Celebrity presenter Ant McPartlin and ex-wife Lisa Armstrong made headlines after finalising the settlement of their £31m divorce. But the news that a judge had been required to rule joint custody of their Labrador Hurley, because they couldn’t agree between themselves, caught the public’s attention. They aren’t the only ones to dispute canine custody: in 2016, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard also fought over their Yorkshire […]

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Q&A with Helen Phillips – PGM Director

In the first of our series of Q&A’s getting to know a bit more about the PGM team…we caught up with Helen Phillips! 1. How long have you been a Director at PGM? 16 years   2. What area of legal work do you specialise in? Family, Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney   3. Why did you choose to specialise in this area?   […]

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What happens if you die without a Will?

Many people are under the misapprehension that there is no need for them to make a Will as their spouse will inherit everything. However, under the Intestacy Rules, a spouse or civil partner will only inherit the whole estate if the deceased has no children. If the deceased has children then the spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased’s personal property, the first £250,000 […]

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Employment Law Changes for Employers 2020

April 2020 onwards will see a number of changes and employers should be taking practical steps now to ensure that they are fully prepared. Here are a few of the key changes that should be noted by all. The National Minimum Wage Complying with National Minimum Wage (NMW) and other statutory changes is a must. The rates for the NMW will increase on 1 April […]

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New year, new Will?

More than half of British adults have not made a Will. Of those who have, many have not updated their wills for some time, which is reflected in the soaring number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court.  It is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is […]

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Child contact over the Christmas period – the season of goodwill?

Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us. If it is your first family Christmas during or following divorce or separation from a partner, we understand that it can be a particularly difficult time. Here are a few tips to help avoid any difficult disputes: Approach the subject of Christmas contact with the child’s parent as soon as possible. Try to put an agreement […]

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All I want for Christmas is a Divorce

As we get closer to Christmas and beyond, it is a sad fact that divorce rates begin to rise. January has historically been the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers. Couples on the verge of separation often hold out through Christmas for the sake of the children and extended family. The new year is also a time when many resolve to make a fresh […]

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DIY Divorce – The Pros & Cons

It has been highlighted in the media recently that almost half of couples are opting to split via an online process. The term ‘DIY Divorce’ refers to a divorce or dissolution that takes place with little or no legal assistance, often online. This means that the various stages of your divorce are handled by you personally, rather than by a solicitor. Below we outline the […]

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