What is parental responsibility?

Parental responsibility is a fairly new concept and was introduced by the Children Act 1989. It means the duties, power, responsibility and legal right for a child or a child property as per S.3 of the Children’s Act. This also means that you can make decisions on behalf of a child especially when it comes to their upbringing and care. Do you have parental responsibility? A woman who gives birth to child automatically has parental responsibility for that child and it does not matter what her marital status is. However, it is not automatically granted to a father. Parental Responsibility...

What if your spouse refuses to sign divorce papers?

A common question that is often asked by clients is what if their wife or husband refuses to ’sign the divorce papers’? It isn’t uncommon for one party to make things difficult for another during a divorce process. This is often a concern for many who are seeking a divorce and they want to know what happens in such a case. It all depends on the reason for a divorce: Adultery – if this was the basis for a divorce, this does not require an agreement. If your spouse refuses to accept the charges, adultery can be very difficult to...

Checklist for choosing the right personal injury solicitor

There are several personal injury solicitors that deal with  claims on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. However, the quality of service you receive can be drastically different from one company to another. In this post, we’ll list all the things that you should look out for in order to be sure you’re working with the right personal injury solicitor. What should a good personal injury solicitor offer? You should receive advice which is focused on your matter from a lawyer acting solely in your best interest. You should feel comfortable and at ease with your solicitor. Being able to...

What can you claim in a Road Traffic Accident?

One important part of the personal Injury claim process is identifying what you can claim for. This is calculated once you have established who is liable for the accident and obtained independent legal representation. A solicitor is best placed to guide you through this part of a claim. Your claim entitlement If you suffer a Road Traffic Accident (RTA) which wasn’t your fault. It could result in: loss of your car suffer serious injuries which limit your ability to attend to work suffer other damage to your property such your laptop or items of clothing If you were to have...

Divorce – How long does it take?

How long it takes to obtain a divorce in England is a question which clients frequently ask so it may be helpful to outline the various steps involved and give an indication of roughly how long they take: The first step is to lodge the divorce petition with the court (and the form known as the “Statement of Arrangements for Children” if there are any dependent children of the marriage). Once the court receives this it will then post (usually by second class post) a copy of the divorce petition (and the Statement of Arrangements if applicable) to the Respondent...

Who can file for a divorce?

In difficult times, you will seek answers to even simple questions to better understand what needs to be done and how it will all work. A divorce can be a complicated process, which is why you need to be clear on all aspects of it. When it comes to filing a divorce, only one spouse can file for a divorce. This is formally done through a divorce petition and the person filing the divorce is known as the Petitioner. Your spouse will be known as the Respondent in this matter. You cannot file for a divorce until you meet the...

Understanding the changes to Probate fees

The government recently announced changes to the probate fees coming into effect from May 2017 onwards. Although opposed by a vast number of people, the change, and increase, in fees will help ensure the UK court system as a whole covers its costs according to the government. The new fee structure for probate applications can be seen as follows: The fee is based on the net value of the estate passing under the grant of probate. The date of the application for a grant will dictate if the new fees will apply, and the Probate Registry is expecting an increase...

What happens in a personal injury claim?

Experiencing an unexpected injury that wasn’t your fault is never a pleasant experience. Wading through indecipherable jargon and complicated processes can be a daunting experience during such a stressful period. To help you understand the personal injury claim process, we have broken down some of the steps as follows: 1. You suffer an injury that wasn’t your fault. The injury could be sustained at work, on the road or anywhere within the UK for that matter. 2. You chosen solicitor will start the claim process. 3. You and your solicitor will agree on a Letter of Engagement, which details how...