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10 essential things to know and do before filing for divorce

Despite divorce rates being at their lowest level in 40 years, almost half of all marriages in the UK, 42% to be precise, still end in divorce. And whether it’s you or your spouse instigating the break-up, it’s almost always a complicated and emotionally tumultuous time.

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14 07 2017

Get in shape to sell

 
Whatever stage your business is at, it makes sense to have an exit strategy in mind.

If one day you might sell the business or part of it, it pays to keep it in good shape and ensure that there are no issues lurking beneath the surface which might reduce the value of the business to a potential buyer or worse, jeopardise a sale.

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It goes without saying that your solicitor should provide a high standard of service and client care. However, there are a few simple things that you can do that will ensure that you get the best out of your solicitor and hopefully save you money too!

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Choosing who to appoint as attorney is the most important part in the process of making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Your attorney will be the person making decisions about your property and financial affairs and/or health and welfare should you become incapacitated. Acting as an attorney is an important role. You should choose someone you trust and can rely on to make decisions that are in your best interest.

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Anyone who owns a digital device or has an online account should have a plan for dealing with that asset, whatever their age.

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This article sets out the position relating to pre-nuptial agreements and how they are viewed by the courts on divorce. If you have any questions please contact Holly Berner (hb@woodfords.co.uk) or Rajan Berry (rb@woodfords.co.uk)

Summary of the Law upon a financial order claim

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08 06 2016

Mediation

 

Mediation is an effective and increasingly popular form of dispute resolution. For general information about mediation see Why Mediate?.

Alistair Wells is an accredited mediator and accepts instructions to act as mediator on a range of disputes, including:

  • General commercial/contractual
  • Property
  • Construction
  • Trusts
  • Employment
  • Professional Negligence
  • Trespass
  • Neighbour disputes

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08 06 2016

Why Mediate?

 

What is mediation?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution. In mediation, the parties are assisted by a mediator to examine the dispute between them and to explore settlement options, with a view to coming to a negotiated settlement.

The process is voluntary, confidential and without prejudice. The mediator does not give any opinion or judgment on the case, but works with the parties to assist them in coming to an agreement. If an agreement is reached, the agreed terms are recorded in a binding settlement agreement.

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08 06 2016

Dispute Resolution

 

Conflict is a fact of life. Although conflict itself is not always a bad thing, and is sometimes necessary, if not managed properly, disputes can be a substantial drain on a business or individual’s resources and time, and a source of stress to those involved.

We are experienced in handling a range of disputes for both claimant and defendants and we will discuss with you the options available to you in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome in as quick and cost-effective manner as possible. We will consider with you all appropriate avenues, including negotiation, forms of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) such as mediation, arbitration, expert determination or adjudication, litigation, or a combination of these approaches and will work with you to formulate a strategy to resolve the dispute to your satisfaction.

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A company has been recently fined £180,000 for failing to keep customers’ personal information secure. The fine illustrates, once again, the importance for businesses of being aware of their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.

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