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Family solicitors in Warrington welcomes campaign to modernise divorce laws

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A leading Warrington family law firm has welcomed aspects of a national campaign to modernise divorce laws.

 

Senior judicial figures have called for an end to ‘unjust’ and ‘outdated’ legislation, with The Times newspaper launching a campaign to modernise family law.

 

The suggested reforms include to abolish the requirement to allege fault or blame during divorce proceedings, as well as to provide statutory backing for prenuptial contracts.

 

A report by the Nuffield Foundation condemned divorce laws for leading to false and exaggerated allegations, which deteriorates relationships further and can harm the mental health of any children involved.

 

Danny Hudson, partner and member of the family department at Watsons Solicitors, said: “The need to allege blame or fault, unless the parties have been separated for at least two years, increases the possibility for hostility between the parties in what is already an adversarial process.

 

“In the event that the parties have agreed to divorce then this should be an option upon which to proceed rendering the requirement to ‘point the finger’ obsolete unless absolutely necessary.”

 

However, Danny, who specialises in all types of family law including divorce and is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel, warns against giving pre nuptial agreements statutory protection.

 

He added: “These documents exist because often one party has more assets than the other, and in some cases significantly so. This can create an inequality of bargaining position almost immediately despite the requirement for independent legal advice on the terms, disclosure of assets, and confirmation that there has not been any duress placed upon a party to sign.

 

“This discretion of the courts to take into account, or ignore, an agreement means that a court can decide what is fair and reasonable given all the circumstances of the case.

 

“As judges have explained to me on several occasions, ‘the court is more than simply a rubber stamp’.”

 

Watsons Solicitors, which has been established for more than 50 years, specialises in family law, employment law, and conveyancing.

 

The team of experienced solicitors each hold various accreditations and memberships of professional bodies relevant to their expertise, while the firm’s partners oversee all areas of work.

 

Click for more information on our expertise and to find out why we’re a leading firm of divorce solicitors in Warrington.

The importance of writing a will with a solicitor

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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Writing a will is often a necessary part of good financial planning. Here, Watsons Solicitors highlight the importance of writing a will with a solicitor.

What is the purpose of writing a will?

Writing a will allows individuals to decide what happens to their assets on their passing. Without a will, it is up to the law to decide where your money and other assets will go. A will can also ensure that loved ones don’t end up paying more inheritance tax than they need to. While you may be able to write a will without assistance, it is highly recommended for individuals to seek advice on wills from a legal expert.

What is the importance of writing a will?

Writing a will with a solicitor is extremely important. There are a number of benefits to using a solicitor to provide wills and probate advice, including:

Protection

All solicitors are regulated. If you or a family member have any problems, there are different levels of action that may be taken. Here at Watsons, we have over 50 years’ experience providing advice on wills. Our reputation is second to none because we ensure all legal procedures, including wills and probate, are overseen by a partner, thereby ensuring all clients receive the best possible level of care.

You can also be sure that no mistakes are being made. Commonly, problems with wills arise because an individual has not sought legal advice. By writing a will with a solicitor at Watsons Solicitors, you can be safe in the knowledge that your family will be protected in the worst-case scenario.

Minimise stress

Writing a will can be a stressful process, but it needn’t be when you seek the skills and knowledge of Watsons Solicitors. As experienced solicitors, we can help explain the complicated terms surrounding wills and probate, include inheritance tax. Here at Watsons Solicitors, we can help you make the right decisions for both you and your family.

Advice on wills

As expert lawyers, Watsons Solicitors can provide you with the information and advice you need when writing a will. We understand that the law can be extremely complicated, which is why we will explain all legal matters in simple terms.

Watsons Solicitors are experienced solicitors, providing advice on wills. For more information on writing a will with a solicitor, contact us today on 01925 571212.

Social Media Grey Areas

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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In today’s modern world, social media is generally seen as having a positive impact on society. We can catch up with old friends, make new ones and browse endless family holiday snaps.

But what about the dark side of social media? In some cases, social media and the internet as a whole can be used as a tool to harass an individual or publish material without permission. As the world of social media is fast-paced and ever-changing, perpetrators often find new ways to target victims, and it can be a while before the law catches up completely.

When this happens, we call it the social media ‘grey area’.

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What is the Court of Protection?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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The Court of Protection was set up to assist people who are not capable of making their own decisions, due to a mental incapacity. Decisions are made for them regarding their finances, health and any other legal matters which could have a lasting impact on their lives.

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Closure of County Court in Warrington

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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Due to the government wanting to save money, Warrington County Court will close. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed this.

The court’s workload will be moved to St Helens County Court, with Family Law cases being moved to the Liverpool Civil and Family Courts. This news comes less than five years after the Ministry of Justice spent £1.7 million on an overhaul of the St Helens Courthouse so that it can accommodate civil and criminal proceedings under the same roof.

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Why should you have a will?

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Did you know that around half of the UK’s population haven’t made a will? Many people don’t think it’s important, or that their estate will automatically be distributed to certain people in the event of their death.

However, this is not always the case. Here are seven reasons why you should make a will.

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Conveyancing fees explained for buyers

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Conveyancing fees explained for buyers

Conveyancing is an essential step when buying a house. But during the process you will come across a wide variety of fees and processes.

 

Buying a house is the largest transaction in most people’s lives, so you need to know what the conveyancing process is all about.

 

We’ve put together a list of some of the types of fees you may come across, and why you will be charged.

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Barbara Umpleby is leaving us after 40 years

Friday, August 5, 2016

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What a year 1976 was for the world. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak made the first Apple computer in a garage in California, the CN Tower in Toronto was completed and was the tallest freestanding structure in the world, and Barbara Umpleby joined Watsons Solicitors, becoming our much loved receptionist for the next 40 years!

When Barbara started working at Watsons, the majority of the staff here weren’t even born yet.

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Noisy Neighbours – What to do

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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We can’t choose our neighbours and, unfortunately, disagreements sometimes occur.

Noisy neighbours can make the lives of those they live near a misery, so it’s important to not suffer in silence.

If you, or someone close to you, is putting up with noisy neighbours, read on to find out the best ways to deal with the issue.

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Guide to rent reviews: what are they?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

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A rent review is a pre-arranged assessment of the amount of rent that is paid to the landlord or letting agency from the tenant.

The main purpose of a rent review is to protect the landlord from the effects of inflation. However, this can also benefit the tenant, as there is often room for negotiating price of the rent.

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