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10 Reasons You Need a Family Law Solicitor

If you’ve come to the conclusion that you can’t sort out your family issues amicably, then perhaps you need a family law solicitor to help you.
Here are some of the common reasons.
1. Many people will use a family law solicitor when they get divorced. If your marriage has ended, and can’t be resolved, or you don’t want to try and get back together, then you might be thinking about divorce. You’ll want to get the right legal advice, so that you know what to do, and where you stand. Seeking legal advice will help you at this very traumatic time.
2. If you’re not married, and living with your partner and you decide to split up, then you’ll want to know what rights you have, especially if you have children, and you’ll also want to know who gets to keep what.
3. If you do divorce or separate, and there are children involved, you’ll still want to able to see your children if they don’t live with you. Your family law solicitor will be able to help you to arrange time with your children, or so that their other parent can see them.
4. As well as parents, grandparents have rights too. If you’re a grandparent and have been told that you can’t see your grandchildren you might want to take legal advice.
5. As a result of your divorce or relationship breakdown, you might have to sell your house, or get rid of other assets and possessions. You’ll want to make sure that you’re getting the appropriate legal advice.
6. You might need legal help and advice with your finances after a divorce or at the end of a relationship. Your family law solicitor will be able to provide the assistance you need.
7. If you’re planning a civil partnership, a family law solicitor will be able to advise you on your rights under law.
8. If you’re getting married, then you might be considered having a pre-nup drawn up. Although not as popular here as in America, and not enforceable by law, a prenuptial agreement can show the intents and purposes before your wedding, and give you the reassurance you need.
9. If you’re thinking about moving in with your partner, then you might want to know more about how it will affect you legally. Perhaps you’ll want advice on cohabitation laws, or about paying your mortgage.
10. If you’re suffering domestic violence, then you’ll need to get out, and get your children out too. A family law solicitor can give you all the help you need, such as finding you accommodation, and being out of reach of your partner. With untraceable phone lines, and many other ways to stay hidden, your partner won’t be able to find you.
Now you know more about the services they provide, perhaps you do need a family law solicitor.…

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Family Law

Reasons For Hiring a Franchise Solicitor

If you are thinking of becoming a franchisor or franchisee, or if you are already involved in a particular franchise, you are highly likely to need the services of a franchise solicitor.
This article looks at how a franchise solicitor can help you and why you should definitely make sure you have a team of specialist solicitors on your side – and ones who can provide a wide range of legal support including intellectual property advice.
Initial advice
One of the main reasons for using a franchise solicitor is that they will be able to provide you with specialist advice. Making the decision to become either a franchisor or franchisee is not one to be taken lightly and so it definitely pays to be informed and make sure you have explored all of your options before taking the plunge.
For instance, franchising solicitors will be able to help parent companies decide whether to expand through franchise or whether there are other, more beneficial options that they should explore as becoming a franchisor isn’t right for everyone. Solicitors will also be able to advice would-be franchisees, making sure they know their rights and responsibilities and making sure that they have the financial ability to buy into their new business before going ahead.
Drafting new agreements
Another key role of solicitors is to draft new franchise agreements. This is really important as all agreements need to abide by UK law, European law and the relevant code of ethics. This means that agreements have quite a lot to take into consideration and so the services of specialist solicitors will be invaluable.
Reviewing and terminating agreements
Agreements also need to be reviewed from time to time to make sure that the contracts are still relevant, up-to-date and cover all appropriate eventualities. This is something else a franchise solicitor will be able to do, as well as providing assistance in the event that an agreement needs to be terminated.
Intellectual property
Intellectual property [or IP] incorporates issues such as business trade name, trademark, other branding and any other material associated with the business. This could include training materials or perhaps a particular model of business, what the code of ethics refers to as ‘know how’. It is important to get specialist intellectual property advice so that the right arrangements are in place to make sure the owner of the intellectual property (normally the parent company) is protected, but that the franchisee can also operate under the relevant brand without hindrance.
Resolving disputes
If any franchise disputes were to occur, a solicitor would also be able to assist to help resolve them, meaning that the role of the franchise solicitor is both varied and immensely important when trying to create a successful franchised business.…

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Sister In Law

Hiring An Immigration Solicitor – Questions To Ask Before Deciding Who To Hire

If you are planning to move and you need the help of an immigration solicitor to do so, then there are certain questions you should ask your solicitor before agreeing to hire them. Firstly, it’s important to know what experience they’ve had in the area before as this will tell you whether or not you think they’ll be able to handle your case. Also ask them for referrals from previous clients so you can receive references from people who have used their services before.
Some immigration cases can be long and complicated and decisions can take months or even years to come through. For this reason, you shouldn’t expect to hear updates from your solicitor every week but it’s still important that you know how to get in touch with them if you need to, so ask them about contact procedures. Also make sure you have a firm understanding of their procedures for contacting you so you can be certain they’ll keep you up to date with case developments.
Before hiring an immigration solicitor, when you have your initial consultation with them you should ask them for their opinion on your case. This is because it might be a good idea to look elsewhere for legal advice – or at least get a second opinion – if they think your case would be rejected. Getting a couple of opinions will not only give you an idea as to your likelihood of success but also the competence of the solicitor you have chosen.
While your solicitor may not be able to tell you up front how much your case will cost – as it will obviously largely depend on how complicated it is and how long it takes – you should still ask for a rough cost so you can work out if you can afford their services. Solicitors should be able to give you a break down of their charges and how they determine different costs. You could also consider getting a second opinion to compare the costs available at different firms.
Lastly, it’s important to ask your chosen solicitor how long they anticipate your case taking. It’s also a good idea to get some other opinions from a range of solicitors here so you can work out the likely length of your case and be certain your solicitor as your best interests in mind and not just their bottom line. Also, as some complicated immigration cases can drag on for years, it can be useful to know in advance just how long a wait you are likely to be in for.…

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Civil Law

What Can an Inheritance Tax Solicitor Do For You?

If you’re considering preparing for the future, or are facing up to bad news, then an inheritance tax solicitor can help you with your questions so that you don’t have to worry about whether your loved ones will have to pay tax in the even to f your death.
Here’s how an inheritance tax solicitor can help.
1. By helping you with your will, a solicitor will ensure that your requirements will be carried out in the event of your death.
2. Naming heirs in your will, can help to make sure that there’s no discrepancy after your death. The last thing you want is for your loved ones to fall out over who gets what when you’ve died. Your solicitor will be able to give you the advice you need.
3. You’ll get the most up to date and accurate information about paying less inheritance tax, from your solicitor. Perhaps you’ll be advised to put your money into trust funds, or take out additional life insurance policies.
4. Your inheritance tax solicitor might suggest that invest your estate into stocks and shares, and hope that they will cover the amount of inheritance tax payable when you’ve died.
5. Depending on your circumstances, and wishes, you might want to make sure that people benefit from your money now, whilst you’re alive. Perhaps you’ll buy gifts or practical items for those who would have benefited from your will, or even for yourself. Your wills and probate solicitor will be able to make sure that all of your questions are answered.
6. Maybe you’ll want to put your money into a trust fund so that you can take care of your children or grand children. You might want them to have enough money for when they go to university, or for buying their first car or house.
7. You might be encouraged to move to a smaller your home and buy a cheaper car, so that the value of your estate is worth less. As your estate won’t be worth as much, there’ll be less inheritance tax to pay.
8. If you’re not married or in a civil partnership you might want to be, as inheritance tax isn’t paid by spouses. So if you know that you’re in s a stable relationship, you might want to make it official if there’s a risk that there’ll be a lot of tax paid at the time of your death. Why not find out if this is right for you by speaking to a legal professional?
9. If you’re living with someone, then why not become tenants in common? This means that you each own half of the home. As the value of the home is halved, there is much less inheritance tax to pay. If you’re not sure of the full implications, then you’ll want the legal advice of an experienced inheritance tax solicitor.
10. Perhaps your legal advice will be to mortgage your home, so that the property isn’t worth as much, which means less tax will be payable when you’ve died.
Now you know more about what an inheritance tax solicitor can do for you, perhaps now is the right time for you to make a will, and make sure that your loved ones are taken care of.…