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Arrangements for your children over Christmas

Rebecca Gladwin
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Christmas – too early or time to consider? As many of you will have noticed the Christmas cards, wrapping paper and presents are creeping their way into the shops and supermarkets. Most of you would consider the beginning of October far too early to...

Inheritance Tax - Is It a Fair Tax?

Gail Donaldson
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There is no doubt that in the UK Inheritance Tax is not a universally popular tax. Many taxpayers are unhappy that the wealth they have accumulated during their lifetimes will already have been taxed as it was earned, and there is a strong feeling that to...

Methods for resolving family disputes

Rebecca Gladwin
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The alternative methods to court proceedings for resolving disputes on separation. Resolving the split of the matrimonial finances or the arrangements for the children are two of the more challenging aspects of a divorce or separation. For most...

Supporting Transgender Children

Olivia Lowen
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In the last two years, there was an increase from 87 to 216 of children aged 10 or under being referred to the NHS because they were unhappy in their biological gender. Some sources of support: Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) (was known as...

Divorce and financial settlements

Olivia Lowen
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Reaching a financial settlement when divorcing When is an agreement a concluded agreement capable of being enforced? A brief look at the Xydhias case On divorce, parties are able to agree a financial settlement (provided it complies with certain...

Is a Power of Attorney a good idea?

Gail Donaldson
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I was quite shocked earlier this week to read that Denzil Lush has declared that he himself will never draw up a Lasting Power of Attorney. Denzil Lush was the senior Judge in the Court of Protection for some 20 years (the Court of Protection is the Court...

Employment tribunal fees unlawful

Elizabeth McGlone
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Fees for those bringing employment tribunal claims have been ruled unlawful, and the government will now have to repay up to £32m to claimants if the payment of the fee is deemed to have been unlawful.  The government introduced fees of up to...

Making a Will in Anticipation of Marriage

Jenny Duckett
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I recently read that marriages in the UK are on the rise and divorces are on the decline, which I wasn’t too surprised to hear given the amount of weddings I have in the diary this year! Many people aren’t aware that any existing Will they have...

Summer in the Office

Elizabeth McGlone
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Elizabeth McGlone, Partner and employment law specialist at Neves Solicitors looks at the challenges the hot summer months pose for employers. We are having an exceptionally warm run of weather which, for us in the UK is unusual. Here are a few pointers to...

Intestacy Law Changes coming?

Gail Donaldson
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Changes to intestacy law in the pipeline? I was interested to read this week that there is another new initiative to try and reform the laws of intestacy to include cohabitees. The law of intestacy sets out what happens to someone’s assets if they...

Death and Taxes

Gail Donaldson
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It was Benjamin Franklin who said in 1789 “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.  Recent research suggests that in the UK we are likely to be faced with more deaths and consequently more taxes over the...

Enforcement of a Child Arrangements Order

Rebecca Gladwin
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On the break down of a relationship, consideration will need to be given to the arrangements for any children, including with which parent they should live and how often they should spend time with the other. If parents are unable to agree these arrangements...

What the manifestos say

Gail Donaldson
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What the manifestos say With another general election looming large, we have now seen manifestos and statements for the main political parties and I thought it might be useful to summarise the main personal tax issues that affect our clients. ...

Corporate Governance - Recommendations

Fasil Hussain
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Corporate governance: BEIS Select Committee sets out its recommendations In the wake of recent high profile corporate governance failings at BHS and Sports Direct, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (the “Committee”) has...

Fasil Hussain joins Neves Solicitors

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Neves Solicitors is expanding their company commercial department with the appointment of solicitor Fasil Hussain who will be based at their Milton Keynes office but will service the Luton and Harpenden offices as well. Fasil was admitted as a solicitor in...

Registering an overseas marriage/divorce

Shireena Sheridan
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Registering an overseas marriage/divorce – do you need to do it? At the peak of its popularity, as many as one in four British couples were getting married abroad. Although the numbers have decreased slightly post-Brexit,  it is no surprise...

Blog Series - 4 in getting a financial remedy

Olivia Lowen
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In a series of blogs about the process of getting a financial remedy through the courts in the context of divorce or dissolution, we take a look at each stage in turn. The last in the series is Final Hearing Disclosure FDA (First Directions...

Blog Series - 3 in getting a financial remedy

Olivia Lowen
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In a series of blogs about the process of getting a financial remedy through the courts in the context of divorce or dissolution, we take a look at each stage in turn. The third in the series is FDR (Financial Dispute Resolution) Disclosure FDA (First...

Blog Series - 2 in getting a financial remedy

Olivia Lowen
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In a series of blogs about the process of getting a financial remedy through the courts in the context of divorce or dissolution, we take a look at each stage in turn. The second in this series is FDA (First Directions Appointment) Disclosure FDA...

Blog Series - 1 in getting a financial remedy

Olivia Lowen
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This series of blogs is about the process of getting a financial remedy through the courts in the context of divorce or dissolution, and we will take a look at each stage in turn.  The first in the series is Disclosure Disclosure FDA (First...

Making a high-heeled stand

Elizabeth McGlone
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Workplace dress codes have become a hot topic in the news over the last few months. One of the most prominent stories, that is leading the way for a challenge to work place dress codes, is that of an agency worker in London. The worker in question was...

Halt to increase in probate fees

Hayley Ruckin
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T he government has announced it will not go ahead with plans to increase probate fees – at least not for now. May 2017 was supposed to be the introduction of a new fee structure which would have seen some families paying up to £20,000 in court...

Changing a Child's Surname

Olivia Lowen
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There are many reasons why a parent may wish to change their child’s surname. For instance :- A parent may wish to do so in order that the child shares their name if their name has changed as a result of a divorce. A parent may wish to do so upon a...

10 Pitfalls on Divorce

Olivia Lowen
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What to Avoid and How to Avoid it.  It is natural that where a marriage has broken down, there is usually at least one party feeling angry, sad, disappointed, or a mixture of all of those things. It is therefore very easy for a divorce (and any...

Keeping Your Will Updated

Jenny Duckett
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We often come across estates with beneficiaries who are proving difficult to trace for a number of reasons. These reasons include family estrangement, death of the beneficiary, and poor drafting of a Will often by a non-professional person. The Personal...

Ruling on Term Time Holidays: 06 April 2017

Olivia Lowen
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Ruling on Term Time Holidays: 06 April 2017 Following our recent blog [ term-time-holidays ] on the Supreme Court case relating to term-time holidays, the Supreme Court have today delivered their verdict. The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that...

Happily Ever After

Gail Donaldson
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I was interested to read the latest marriage rates statistics from the Office for Nationals Statistics. The bit that interested me most was that the greatest percentage increase in rates of marriage occurred amongst men and women aged 65 and over. Many...

Have you considered a prenuptial agreement?

Mary  McEvoy
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A recent report from the Office for National Statistics shows that there was a slight increase in the number of people marrying in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available. Interestingly the greatest percentage increase was for men and women...

Do I Need a Solicitor as my Executor?

Jenny Duckett
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Do I Need a Solicitor as my Executor? Most Will clients that I advise do not appoint Neves as Executors in their Wills.  This is particularly true where a client has trusted family members or friends who could act.  If this is the case, the...

Business Immigration Advisory Work

Elizabeth McGlone
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Business Immigration We are moving into an era of uncertainty with Britain’s ‘Brexit’ from the European Union which will have a specific impact on the legal niche of business immigration advisory work.  It is obviously going to...

The significance of not having a will

Jenny Duckett
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Unmarried couples – the significance of not having a Will Of my circle of friends, many of us have now had our first child, but less than half of us with children are married. This is probably a fairly accurate reflection of relationships of...

Funding Options for Financial Matters

Olivia Lowen
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Funding Options for Financial Matters: Addressing the “Power Imbalance” It is often the case that parties to a divorce do not have the same financial resources at their disposal, for example, one party may have been a stay-at-home parent...

Cohabiting - Six things to check

Mary  McEvoy
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If you are cohabiting it is important to understand that you do not have automatic rights or interests in your partner’s property, income, capital, pensions or assets generally.  Neither do you have an automatic interest in their estate should...

Things to know when moving house

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Make sure you shop around providers ​Get quotes from different providers like estate agents, mortgage advisors and solicitors to get a good deal. Sometimes the cheapest option isn't always the best. How long will it take for my purchase / sale...

Lasting Power of Attorney for your business

Shireena Sheridan
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Safeguarding the future of your business with a Lasting Power of Attorney It is worrying to think about what would happen to your personal affairs and finances if you were to lose mental capacity. But what about the stability of your business and the...

What to do when a Decree Absolute is granted

Olivia Lowen
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What Should you do Once Decree Absolute is Granted: a Checklist So you have obtained Decree Absolute in your divorce proceedings, and you are now divorced. Alongside all the things your solicitor will tell you as standard, (for example, that you have lost...

Co-parenting and resolving parenting disputes

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Co-parenting and resolving parenting disputes When you go through a separation or divorce it is ultimately because your relationship has broken down. You may feel hurt, angry and resentful and furthermore the trust you once had with your ex-partner may...

Wills and Charitable Legacies

Jenny Duckett
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Wills and Charitable Legacies The fact that Neves is 150 years old this year led me to wonder what events were going on in the country in 1867, and I took to a very popular internet search engine to find out! Most of the events which popped up were...

Term Time Holidays

Olivia Lowen
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Term Time Holidays   With the Supreme Court set to consider the arguments for and against fining parents for taking their children out of school during term time, we consider the history of term time leave and what the Supreme Court’s...

Employment Law Changes & Updates for 2017

Elizabeth McGlone
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1. National Minimum wage increases April 2017: 25 & over = £7.50 21 to 24 = £7.05 18 to 20 = £4.05 Apprentice = £2.50 2. English-language requirement for public-facing workers in the public sector As of 21 November 2016...

Keeping it in the family

Gail Donaldson
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When we are drawing up Wills for clients who have children and grandchildren, we find that most of our clients want to benefit their family, and if possible pay as little Inheritance Tax as they legally can, so that future generations can benefit from the...

Family arbitration

Mary  McEvoy
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Family arbitration – a quicker and more cost effective alternative to court proceedings. Family arbitration is a method of resolving a dispute and an alternative to going to court where mediation and /or negotiations between parties, with or without...

Employment Law - Back to Basics Seminar

Elizabeth McGlone
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Join us at our Free seminar - Back to Basics Employment Law 23 February 2017 Run by our Employment Solicitor Elizabeth McGlone What the seminar will cover Employers and business often get caught up in the complexities of employment law, keeping...

No Fault Divorce

Olivia Lowen
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No Fault Divorce There is no denying that society’s attitude towards marriage has changed over time, whether due to strides towards gender equality, or perhaps increased opportunities to work abroad. Even in relatively recent history, the divorce...

We are expanding our family department

Olivia Lowen
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We are expanding our family department with the appointment of solicitor Olivia Lowen who will be based at our Harpenden and Luton offices. Olivia is a newly qualified solicitor but has been with the firm since 2014 and completed her training with...

Blog - Lasting Powers of Attorney

Maxine Braham
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Lasting Powers of Attorney I have just made Lasting Powers of Attorney (‘LPAs’).  As part of my job, I advise clients to do the same as part of their estate planning.  Thinking and talking about what would happen if you lost your...

Cohabitation: Trusts of Property and Cohabitation Agreements

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In 2015 cohabiting couple families accounted for 17% of all families in the UK and the percentage of over 16’s who were married decreased to 50.6%. These figures may be explained by an increasing trend for couples to cohabit before marriage or to...

Can You Pass Your Digital Assets on Death?

Maxine Braham
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Can You Pass Your Digital Assets on Death? Life used to be less complicated when passing on such assets as photographs, CDs, DVDs and books.  Notebooks and diaries filled your ideas and thoughts. These items were normally held in physical form and...

Domestic abuse: eight useful facts

Mary  McEvoy
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Domestic Abuse - Eight Useful Facts Do you know someone who is suffering from domestic violence? Are you worried about another person - a member of your family, a child, and concerned about experiences they may be having within their family? What can...

New Year, New Will

Hayley Ruckin
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When we are drawing up Wills for clients who have children and grandchildren, we find that most of our clients want to benefit their family, and if possible pay as little Inheritance Tax as they legally can, so that future generations can benefit from the...