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Mediation to help thousands more families avoid costly legal battles

Shelley Wales
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Our Family Law team here at Thornton Jones Solicitors were really pleased to learn of further funding by the Government into the Mediation Voucher Scheme; a scheme which enables eligible families to apply for a £500 voucher to be used towards the...

Who is the Legal Guardian of a Child?

Shelley Wales
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A legal guardian is someone who has the legal authority to take care of a child should anything happen to the parents. A parent of a child is not normally considered a guardian, though the responsibilities may be very similar. Typically, a guardian...

What happens once an application for a Child Arrangements Order is made?

Shelley Wales
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Once an application for a Child Arrangement Order has been made, Cafcass  (Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service) will start making basic safeguarding enquiries with the Police and Social Services. All parties will be contacted by...

How to apply for a Child Arrangements Order?

Hannah Craven
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To apply a Child Arrangements Order, the law requires you to first attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, often referred to as a MIAM. This is a meeting with a qualified mediator who will inform you about forms of alternative dispute...

Who can apply for a Child Arrangements Order?

Hannah Craven
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Any parent is automatically entitled to apply for a Child Arrangements Order irrespective of whether they have parental responsibility for the child or not. If you are the guardian or special guardian for a child, you can also apply. There are certain...

What is a Child Arrangements Order and Why Would I Need One?

Hannah Craven
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Whether you are a parent or grandparent of a child, you are able to apply to a Court for a Child Arrangements Order (often referred to as a CAO). Typically, although not limited to, individuals apply for a Child Arrangements Order where either separation of...

Get Ready! New Divorce Legislation Incoming!

Hannah Craven
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It is finally happening. ‘No fault’ divorce is approaching and approaching fast. The change in law does coincide with my own personal nuptials. I hope this doesn’t provide a bad omen for my relationship. EDIT: This blog was originally...

When probate goes wrong and what you can do to prevent it

Claire Cutts
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The Probate process may seem straightforward, but that does not mean that it is not without its pitfalls, and it is very easy for things to go wrong. In this blog we do not intend to talk about claims against estates or disagreements between beneficiaries...

What assets do I need to gather and how do I do it?

Claire Cutts
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Dealing with a deceased estate can be a tricky task especially at a time when you may be grieving your loss, so knowing what to do and how to do it is both important (so you do it right) and helpful (so you know what to do in the first place). If you are...

What is the Grant of Probate?

Claire Cutts
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When a loved one dies there is often much admin to be done and dealing with Probate can be a time-consuming and confusing process, especially at a time when you and your family will be grieving your loss. Of the many administrative tasks to be completed,...

How do I establish the value of a deceased's Estate?

Claire Cutts
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Calculating the value of a deceased’s estate can seem daunting. Where do you start? What do you need to include? And what tax might be due to HMRC? At a time when you will be grief-stricken the added burden of dealing with the Probate for the...

What is probate and what must you do when someone dies?

Claire Cutts
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When a loved one dies and you are named as the executor, there are several very important jobs for you to complete. It’s not uncommon for the executor to employ the services of a solicitor at this stage, especially as some of the jobs can be time...

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 Craven
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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 Craven
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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 Craven
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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 Craven
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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

Melanie Pickering
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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 Buckley
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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...