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Legal Updates

Legal Rights of Separating Cohabitees

SDLT – The Holiday Is Over

As you will be aware the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday is due to end in part on 30 June 2021. The current holiday means that the threshold for SDLT has been raised to…

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Power of Attorney

Life Interest Trust Wills

A great solution for many circumstances. Faye Harlow Smith is a solicitor in our Private Client department specialising in the preparation of Wills. Here she explains why a Life Interest Trust Will can often…

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Pensions in Divorce

For many people, the primary focus when getting divorced is what will happen to the family home. It is however important not to overlook pensions when considering divorce settlements. In some cases, pensions may…

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Parental Alienation

The impact of Parental Conflict Separating parents can often forget how the animosity between them can impact their children, when they themselves are going through such a difficult time. Conflict can be damaging for…

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What Happens if my Spouse Ignores the Divorce Petition?

The Court has ordered Cafcass prepare a Section 7 Report

What Is This? In children cases the Court may make an order that a Section 7 Report be prepared by Cafcass. Cafcass stands for Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. A Section…

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Family Law

Changing A Child’s Surname

Options and the procedure the court take in to account When a parent seeks to change their child’s forename, surname or both, any parent with parental responsibility must consent. Sometimes the “other” parent is…

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When Can I Obtain a No Fault Divorce?

In our family legal update ‘No Fault Divorces – Is it finally the end of the blame game?’ we set out the Government plans for removing the concept of ‘fault’ in Divorce applications. Since…

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Conveyancing & Property Law Services in Uckfield

Stamp Duty Land Tax Deadline Has Been Extended

Despite repeated statements confirming that the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Holiday introduced on 8 July 2020 would end on 31 March 2021 as planned; the Chancellor has now extended the deadline to 30…

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Do I Need a Will?

More than half of UK adults do not have a Will, are you one of them? If you do not have a Will, or your Will is invalid or unclear, this can lead not…

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Divorce & Family Finance

What is Family Mediation?

Family mediation Family mediation is a more cost effective and less litigious alternative to pursuing matters through the family court.    The aim of mediation is to build a workable system of communication between parties…

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