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Oct 5 2017

Cohabitation Agreements.

Sophie Pincott

More and more couples are living together without getting married and many people

believe that cohabiting couples have equivalent rights to married couples once they have lived together for a period of time (the myth of ‘common law marriage’).

However, this is not the case in England and Wales.

People who live together but do not marry never acquire the same rights and responsibilities as those who do get married, no matter how long they are together and regardless of whether or not they have children.

Nevertheless, if you own your own property, or are moving into a partner’s property, there are issues you need to consider one of which is a cohabitation agreement.

It might seem unromantic when you are preparing to move in together for the first time, however addressing such issues in advance should avoid, at best, disagreements and, at worst, legal proceedings if things do not work out long term.

So…

Oct 3 2017

Is A Prenuptial Agreement In Your Wedding Checklist?

Sophie Pincott

A pre-wedding checklist is essential and part of this checklist should be the consideration for a prenuptial agreement.

In today’s modern society, prenuptial agreements are no longer just for the rich and famous.   Courts are beginning to recognise the importance of a parties’ autonomy and will consider prenuptial agreements when all the correct procedures are followed and conditions are met.

Prenuptial agreements enable you and your future spouse to agree what you want for the future before you get married.  As you and your spouse are entering into an agreement of how the assets will be split should the marriage end,…

Sep 28 2017

Local Solicitor Warns Changes To Powers Of Attorney May Leave Older And Vulnerable At Risk

  • Ian Walker from Peter Lynn and Partners issues warning following FCA’s call to turn lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) fully digital
  • Proposals would remove the need for a physical ‘wet signature’
  • Solicitors say this could lead to a drastic increase in cases of financial abuse

Local solicitor Ian Walker from Peter Lynn and Partners has joined fellow members of Solicitors for the Elderly in warning against proposals to turn the LPA registration process fully digital.

An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about their finances and property on…

Sep 20 2017

New Pre-Action Protocol For Debt Claims

Adrian Jeremiah

The Pre-action Protocol for debt claims (“the Protocol”) comes into force on 1 October 2017 and may well have a severe impact on a business if it has outstanding debts due from individuals.

The Protocol will apply to any business (Limited/PLC, partnerships/LLP’s, sole traders and public bodies) when claiming payment of a debt from an individual (this includes a sole trader). The Protocol does not apply if the matter is covered by another pre-action protocol such as the protocol for mortgage arrears.

The Protocol does not apply to business-to-business debts (unless the debtor is a sole trader) and the Protocol sets…

Sep 1 2017

Flexible Working When The Children Return To School.

Nia Godsmark

With the school year back up and running, there are many parents who are looking to return to the workplace on a flexible basis and to work around school hours.

Whilst many businesses may be unable to accommodate this type of working, more and more companies are seeing the benefit of providing flexible working arrangements to tap in to the pool of skilled and experienced parents looking to return to the workplace.

Existing staff can benefit too and whilst there is no mandatory requirement to grant flexible working, parents of children aged 16 and under (disabled children under 18) and carers…

Aug 21 2017

Lasting Powers Of Attorney – What You Need To Know

Ian Walker

After Denzil Lush, the former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection warned that Lasting Powers of Attorney (or LPAs) might leave elderly people open to abuse, Ian Walker looks at LPAs and how they can be completed properly.

An LPA is a powerful legal document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.

In the foreword to a new book on the subject, Mr Lush raised concerns about the “lack of transparency”…

Aug 16 2017

GROWTH OF MORRISTON CONVEYANCING TEAM

Morriston Conveyancing Team

The conveyancing department at the Morriston office of Peter Lynn and Partners is now the largest in the firm and possibly the biggest conveyancing team in Swansea.

Specialising in all aspects of residential property conveyancing, the team are leading the way in Swansea thanks to their expert knowledge of the local property market, speed and efficiency. Peter Lynn, Senior Partner commented: “Morriston is where it all began for the firm and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that they have become one of the largest conveyancing teams in the area”.

From first-time buyers to…