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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 Wills are a...

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 often...

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 seriously...

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...

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...

Diary of a Furloughed Solicitor

Amanda Gait
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It seems that the current challenging times are bringing out all sorts of creativity from our team and many are putting pen to paper. So far we've had two emotional and heartfelt blogs from Clare and Stacey and now we have a more humorous scripture...

Legal Assistant In Lockdown

Stacey Higgs
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It’s really hard to write something when you are usually in the ‘background’ and doing what we do best in assisting the brilliant people we work for. I’m not one for putting myself in the public eye, I suffer (like a lot of people)...

Ruminations of a Self-Isolating Solicitor

Clare Thornton
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I am generally a very optimistic and positive person. However this self-isolating is really, really difficult. I’ve had a tough week this week trying to keep myself motivated to work from my dressing table which is starting to feel like a prison camp!...

Prince Died Four Years Ago and Left No Will.

Liz Fyfe
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Four years ago today the music legend Prince passed away. With a career earning him seven Grammy Awards, seven Brit Awards and a Golden Globe Award to name just a few you’d expect him to have an Estate worth a bob or two. In fact it’s...

I am suffering domestic violence. What help is available?

Shelley Wales
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On the 23 rd March 2020, the government placed the UK into ‘lockdown’ and consequently we are only able to leave our homes if we have a ‘reasonable excuse’.  Since its implementation, the lockdown has caused individuals to...

Can I See my Children During This Period of Increased Social Isolation?

Shelley Wales
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Earlier this week I published a blog giving my thoughts on how to deal with a situation where you are separated, self-isolating, and you share the care of your children with their other parent. Things seem to be moving very fast indeed and only a few...

Urgent Calls for the Change to the Law for Witnessing Wills

Liz Fyfe
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In a few short weeks we have seen unprecedented change across all sectors of life here in the UK and across the world. Already, we can see how communities are pulling together to support one another, particularly those who may be vulnerable or isolated....

Separated? What to do if your children are isolating with their other Parent.

Shelley Wales
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During these unprecedented times we find puzzles that typically we’d not expect to have to solve. Yet we are in the midst of a crisis that may mean the isolation of your children with their other parent and despite agreements and potentially Court...

Co-Parenting 101

Shelley Wales
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We see many instances where separation and divorce involves children , and with such cases there needs to be a discussion about co-parenting. When you separate or divorce it’s easy to let your animosity towards each other become all too apparent to...

In a world of increasing technology, we pride ourselves on that personal, face-to-face Touch

Clare Thornton
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I am passionate about technology but only in so far as it makes our job easier so we can spend more time helping our clients with their legal issues.  For example, in our conveyancing team we are using some cutting edge technology to help us meet our...

I am a Grandparent - What Rights do I have?

Hannah Bowes
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I for one can understand and relate to the significance and importance of a child’s relationship with their grandparents. However, in the legal world, whilst a Court would acknowledge the importance of their role in a child’s life, their rights...

How a Lifetime ISA can help you buy your first home as well as save for your Retirement

Sam Kelly
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A Lifetime ISA (LISA) is a dual-purpose ISA, designed to help first time buyers save a deposit for their first home and planning for their retirement. You can open a LISA if you’re aged between 18 and 39. You can deposit savings of up to £4,000...

What Clients Say About Mediation

Shelley Wales
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It’s the last day of Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020), a week long campaign where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Today we look at what clients...

How Mediation Can Help With The Separation Of Assets

Clare Thornton
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Today is day 4 of Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020), a week long campaign where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Today we take a peek at how ...

What is Child Inclusive Mediation

Shelley Wales
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It's day 3 of Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020), a week long campaign where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Today we look into the benefits of...

What is a MIAM?

Clare Thornton
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Today is day 2 of Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020), a week long campaign where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. Today we provide a little insight into...

What Is Family Mediation?

Shelley Wales
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This week is Family Mediation Week (20th - 24th January 2020) where we encourage conversations about mediation and raise awareness of mediation and its benefits for separating families. In conjunction with the Family Mediators Association, throughout...