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A quick guide to the UK legal system

January 25, 2016 10:00 am

How does the UK legal system work? It may sound like a simple question but this does cover a lot of aspects of the law in the UK. It is also worth remembering there are differences in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, here this is a quick overview (we have gone into more detail in various aspects in previous articles and will do so in future articles.) Classification There are two main types of classification of UK law – criminal law is that...
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What are contested probates?

January 18, 2016 10:00 am

Contested probates are happening increasingly more frequently. In some respects this is not surprising as more people remarry inevitably this can mean that this can become more complicated. If you want to contest a will it is important, however, to have the right representative. How a will can be contested Wills can be contested in various ways- • Undue influence – a person may exert control or pressure on someone to change their will. • Fraud – there may be evidence of someone altering signatures...
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Divorced couples need to check settlements

January 11, 2016 9:00 am

Divorce is one of the most stressful times people can go through. Settlements can take months or even years to be finalised. So what would happen if you found out the settlement was incorrect due to a computer glitch? In recent times this is exactly what happened. The glitch The glitch occurred in an online government form submission. The problem was uncovered by a family law specialist called Nicola Matheson-Durrant. She emphasised that this did not affect all recent claims but did advise that couples...
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What to avoid when going through a divorce

January 8, 2016 10:00 am

Divorce is a difficult process for people to go through. Whether you have been together for five years or thirty there are often a lot of emotional and practical issues to deal with. There are a lot of potential pitfalls and it is vital to be aware of this before you begin the process. Rushing into it Increasingly courts are recommending mediation before beginning divorce proceedings and indeed it is often a part of the process. The crucial thing to emphasise is whether or not...
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Larcomes to support MHA Fratton Live at Home Scheme

January 5, 2016 9:42 am

Larcomes LLP are pleased to announce that they have chosen to support the MHA Fratton Live at Home Scheme as their local charity for 2016. Live at Home was established in 1989 by MHA, a charity providing care homes, housing and support services for older people throughout Britain. The Fratton Live at Home Scheme offer services and support to help older people, within the Fratton and surrounding areas of Portsmouth, lead independent, active and fulfilled lives and to live securely. Larcomes LLP will be holding...
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A basic guide to changes to domestic abuse laws in the UK

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There have been recent calls to update the domestic abuse laws in the UK. The proposals will include more of an emphasis on emotional abuse. In order to understand the proposed changes, it helps to understand the current rules as they stand. Definition People have a certain image of what domestic abuse is. However, it is not as simple as being physically violent. There are several different types of abuse: • Psychological – This is where someone is being manipulated by a partner. • Physical...
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