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Separating your Finances Without it Costing the Earth

Shelley Wales
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When you decide to separate or divorce, a huge worry for many couples is what will happen to the family finances, particularly the family home. This can be an extremely stressful time for separating couples and the prospect of having to discuss and agree on...

Family Mediation Week 2022: The Voice of the Child

Clare Thornton
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When parents separate, children of all ages can be left feeling a variety of emotions including anger, confusion and upset. They often feel that decisions are being made about their future over which they have no control over or say, and this can build...

Family Mediation Week 2022: Listening Effectively

Shelley Wales
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Here at Thornton Jones Solicitors this Family Mediation Week we are drilling down on a number of really important aspects of mediation and focusing on those aspects to ensure that when you do embark on family mediation, that you do so primed and ready to...

Our Five Top Tips for Successful Family Mediation

Shelley Wales
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Embark on separation and you’ll be sure to hear the word ‘mediation’ and you may not fully understand what it is and how it might help you. Commonly, people assume that when couples separate that a long, expensive, and emotional time...

Top Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

Shelley Wales
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Co-parenting after divorce is rarely easy. Often, the breakdown of the relationship will have been an emotional and stressful one, and you may have negative feelings towards your ex-spouse. Where relationships break down, the division of the assets can lead...

Divorce Day 2022

Clare Thornton
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After another turbulent year thanks to the pandemic, families have again been put under increased strain in 2021, whether that be due to having to live and work in close quarters, increased financial challenges, or the very direct impact on families...

What is a Deed of Trust and should you have one?

Claire Ward
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When you buy a property, the division of the asset is usually 50:50, meaning that each person named as ‘owner’ of the property within the Title Deeds owns an equal share of the property. This is typical for co-habiting couples and married couples...

Government Plans for Mediation to become the 'default route' for Separating and Divorcing Couples

Hannah Bowes
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I read with interest an article which appeared in the Law Gazette recently about plans that Dominic Raab has to keep individuals from bringing their family disputes to Court. These plans include making mediation the default process in family disputes and...

Good Divorce Week 2021

Hannah Bowes
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Today marks the start of ‘Good Divorce Week’, an annual campaign led by Resolution  in an attempt to change practices and behaviours so that when divorce happens, the impacts on everyone involved are kept to a minimum. What does a...

ON THE CASE: Who can decide what happens to my body when I die?

Josh Proud
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It may be a rare occurrence, but an occurrence that’s increasing given the nature of complex family dynamics, but when a burial dispute arises, our team have the skills, resources, and experience to help our clients achieve a speedy and satisfactory...

Just Ten Questions with Heather Sharp

Rich Holgate
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Today we introduce you to Heather Sharp, one of our very brilliant Legal Assistants here at Thornton Jones Solicitors. We feel it's important for you to know just who you might deal with so today we quiz Heather with just ten questions. ...

If I am excluded from a Will, what can a Court award me under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 Act?

Stacie Hurt
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Once the Court has considered all the various relevant factors to an applicant’s 1975 Act claim, the Court could conclude that they believe that the Will or Intestacy Rules does make “reasonable financial provision” for the applicant,...

ON THE CASE: A Look on the Other Side of the Fence

Rich Holgate
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As a busy firm with a diverse portfolio of work we often encounter challenging and bizarre matters that ignite our curiosity. In this our first 'On The Case', Luke Newton, our Dispute Resolution expert, provides a small but significant insight...

What factors does a Court consider when deciding an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim?

Stacie Hurt
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If you have been excluded from a Will then in most cases, the wishes of the deceased would remain unchallenged as, in most cases, the person who made the Will would have received adequate and appropriate legal advice at the time of making their Will....

Just Ten Questions with Jess Taylor

Rich Holgate
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We feel it's important for you to know at least a little bit about the people you'll deal with here at Thornton Jones so today we interrogate Jess Taylor, one of our Conveyancing Solicitors with just ten questions. Question 1: How long have you...

Can I claim some inheritance if I am excluded from a Will?

Stacie Hurt
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Despite the principle of testamentary freedom which exists in England and Wales, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“1975 Act”), certain people connected to someone who dies (domicile in England or Wales) can...

I've been excluded from a Will. Can I make a claim?

Stacie Hurt
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In most cases, the wishes of the deceased would remain unchallenged as, in most cases, the person who made the Will would have received adequate and appropriate legal advice at the time of making their Will. However, let’s say that a former spouse,...

What are Mirror Wills and Why You Should Have Them

Liz Fyfe
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Mirror Wills  aren’t right for everyone but if you are a couple, married or otherwise, and you are in agreement that upon your death your assets should be passed to the surviving partner then having Mirror...

Should I Consider My Pension When Separating or Divorcing?

Hannah Bowes
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In my role as a family law solicitor, I often find that clients are confused by pensions and are reluctant to deal with or consider either their own or their ex-partner’s pensions when separating or divorcing. Given that there are...

I am a landlord. How do I end my tenants' contract?

Luke Newton
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Gone are the days when landlords could simply walk into their property, pack up their tenant’s belongings, turf them onto the streets, and change the locks. Agree or disagree, the power is now very much in...

George Michael's Ex Wins Will Claim

Stacie Hurt
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Being financially dependent on someone when they are alive, even if you are not named as a beneficiary in the deceased’s Will, can mean you could still be awarded something from the deceased’s estate. This has been made even more clear thanks to...

Do I need a Cohabitation Agreement?

Jane Auty
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It’s not uncommon for a couple who live together to believe that since they are in a relationship, and cohabiting, that they have certain rights akin to those of a married couple. Do unmarried couples have the same rights as a married couple? What...

The Real Dangers of Unregulated Will Writing Services

Amanda Gait
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When obtaining and paying for legal documents, it can seem to many as an unnecessary expense, and with the advent of online ‘quick Wills’ and standard pre-printed packs that can be bought from high street stores like WHSmiths, many people...

The Reality of Having No Power of Attorney

Amanda Gait
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The Covid-19 vaccine brings hope that we can soon emerge from this pandemic, however as we do I think most of us have learned valuable lessons about what is actually important in our lives. The loss of loved ones has been horrific but also for many the loss...

My Top Tips For Making a Clean Break Order

Hannah Bowes
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I recall one time I had afternoon tea with several members of my family and we had an interesting discussion about divorce and what getting divorced actually means for individuals going through the process. Throughout our discussions, I was reminded of...

Do I Need A Prenuptial?

Jane Auty
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What is a Prenuptial Agreement and Do I Need One? When you marry, you imagine it’s for life, but separation and divorce is a very common outcome with a third of marriages ending in divorce 1 and when separation and divorce happens there is...

Six Reasons Why Every Parent Should Make a Will

Linda Barrett
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Should I make a Will? Well some people believe that wills are only for people over a certain age, or only if you have assets to ‘hand down’ when you die, and whilst neither of these are true, it is also important that every parent must make a...

Advice For Home Buyers in 2021

Jess Taylor
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It's really important for us here at Thornton Jones to stay involved and when the subject is relevant to our business we take part in The Law Society's #SolicitorChat which is a weekly Twitter discussion. Recently, Jess...

Hot-Shot Family Lawyers Right Here in Yorkshire

Clare Thornton
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Have Your Lives Taken You In Different Directions Like Kim and Kanye? No amount of riches can shield you from life and the challenges that it throws at you and during a global pandemic, as couples, we are forced to spend more time in close quarters...

Making a Will in 2021

Liz Fyfe
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Here at Thornton Jones we love to stay engaged and involved and when the subject is relevant to our business we take part in The Law Society's #SolicitorChat which is a weekly Twitter discussion Recently one of our Private...

Making Provisions For Your Pets in Your Will

Jess Orme
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We are a nation of pet lovers with 51% of UK adults owning a pet 1 , spending a staggering £6.9 million on our pets in 2019 2 . But whether that be on biscuits for your Bulldog or a Christmas onesie for your Cavapoo, our lavish spending on our pets is...

National Divorce Day 2021

Jane Auty
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It’s here again, National Divorce Day, a day on which some divorce lawyers report a spike in the number of enquiries from people wishing to commence divorce proceedings. Although largely considered a myth by many, with 2020 being in most a...

What is Collaborative Law? Is it the Right Approach for You?

Jane Auty
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What is Collaborative Law and why choosing a Collaborative Law Approach to Divorce Could be the Right Approach for You. Often when couples decide to separate and ultimately divorce there is the expectation that both parties will need to embark on a...

5 Benefits of a Lasting Power of Attorney

Liz Fyfe
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During these Covid times there has been much coverage on the increase in people making Wills, a reaction to the increased number of Covid related deaths which, at time of writing, is over 60,000 in the UK. Clearly this has proven to be somewhat of a wake-up...

Good Divorce Week - Parenting After Parting

Jane Auty
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Today is the fifth and final day of the Good Divorce Week and today we discuss parenting after parting. Jane Auty, one of our Family Solicitors here at Thornton Jones says; “Parenting after parting is vital in continuing the great work you’ve...

Good Divorce Week - Look After Yourself

Jane Auty
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On this Day 4 of the Good Divorce Week we are discussing how you can help your children by helping yourself. Jane Auty, one of our Family Solicitors says; “It's easier said than done, but at a time when stress levels are peaking, emotions are...

Good Divorce Week - Anger & Emotions

Jane Auty
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Today is day 3 of Good Divorce Week and in this Blog Jane Auty, one of our Family Solicitors, discusses how to address anger and emotions. Good Divorce Week is a week long campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of a collaborative approach to separation...

Good Divorce Week - A United Front

Jane Auty
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Today is day 2 of Resolution’s Good Divorce Week, a week long campaign which aims to help separating and divorcing parents reduce the impact on their children and to maintain strong and meaningful relationship with their children after divorce. Today...

Good Divorce Week - Communication

Jane Auty
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Today marks the start of Good Divorce Week, a week long campaign led by Resolution with the aim of ensuring that where parents are separating and divorcing that it is done in a way that has the least impact on their children. Throughout the week we’ll...

What Does The Second Lockdown Mean For The Housing Industry?

Stuart Knox
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The next lockdown which starts on 5 th November and runs for four weeks has again raised challenges for solicitors. Uncertainty stemming from the Prime Minister’s briefing on the impact to the housing market has been addressed following a Tweet from...

DIY Wills and What Can Go Wrong

Liz Fyfe
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With the current national lockdown coming to an end and as we re-enter the three tier system we continue to receive an increased number of enquiries from people who want to make or update their Wills. Unfortunately the lockdown and three tier restrictions...

Time is Running Out to Save Thousands on Stamp Duty

Stuart Knox
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On 8 th July our Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced a Stamp Duty Holiday which could save home buyers a staggering £15,000 in Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). It’s a bold move that is intended to boost the property market during...

Can I Vary A Child Arrangement Order?

Hannah Bowes
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Here at Thornton Jones we love to stay engaged and involved and when the topic is relevant to our business we love to take part in The Law Society's #SolicitorChat that they hold weekly on Twitter. This week our super Family Lawyer, Hannah Bowes...

When contesting a Will must I really take it to Court?

Liz Fyfe
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If you choose to contest a Will it’s worth knowing what the process might look like for you and how, at a time of grief, resolving the matter through mediation might be a preferred option for everyone involved. One of the struggles that clients have...

Five Top Tips For Making A Will

Jess Orme
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When you make a Will it’s important to consider who you want your assets to go to when you die. Often this will be to just one single person, such as your spouse, however with ‘blended families’ being ever more common it’s wise to...

Guardianship of Young Children

Liz Fyfe
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You might think that making a Will is all about what happens to your money when you die, and in the main this is right! You may have many different types of assets ranging from physical cash in savings, property, valuable personal possessions and...

A Booming Post Covid-19 Property Market?

Sam Kelly
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We feared that the post Covid-19 property market would be slow. We expected some activity but nothing that would signify a full recovery. We hoped for a steady and gradual filtering through of new conveyancing matters as people found confidence to venture...

Abusing Lasting Power of Attorney

Liz Fyfe
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The last few months have demonstrated the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for those who have been unable to leave their own homes or who have been concerned about dealing with their own affairs and have benefited from someone being able to...

New Divorce Legislation Pending!

Hannah Bowes
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Yesterday, I was ecstatic to learn that the new No Fault Divorce Bill has finished its journey through Parliament and even though the new legislation will not be accessible until autumn 2021, this marks a significant change in the law. ...

What the future holds... Or so I hope

Rebecca Amor
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Many of my colleagues have recently shared their hearts, both publicly via these blog posts, and privately via messages in the firm’s group chat, about the state of play of current society, the uncertainty that pervades their thoughts, and moments of...