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Is Divorce or Separation on the Horizon in the New Year?

Stewart Castle
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If a relationship is already under pressure then Christmas and the New Year season can serve to bring matters to a crisis.  It is true to say that Family Solicitors find the New Year and January to be a busy time.  This may be for a couple of...

Our separation is all agreed so why do I need legal advice?

Jon Topham
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Everything is agreed in my separation, I don’t need legal advice right? Wrong! A recent case highlights the dangers of proceeding based on a verbal agreement on separation. A couple who had married in 1986 and had two children agreed to...

Why do I need to instruct a Family Solicitor?

David Starkey
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It is normal 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 associated financial or children related...

Chronic pain

Matthew Teakle
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Those who are in pain need solicitors who listen, understand and know how to act. Pain is an issue that is poorly understood by many medical practitioners let alone lawyers. Modern pain 'syndrome' evidence started to be documented as long ago as the...

Divorce and Money separated

Stewart Castle
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A recent pilot divorce administration system run in the South West Regional Divorce Centre in Southampton, under which contested financial remedy proceedings are ‘de-linked’ from the main divorce proceedings has proved a success. Under the...

The Most Serious of Injuries

Matthew Teakle
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The most serious of injuries All injuries are serious, however, sometimes the worst can happen and you or a loved one might be unlucky enough to suffer multiple broken bones, serious spinal or head injury or even suffer injury resulting in death. When the...

How to formalise your relationship outside marriage.

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How to formalise your relationship outside marriage. The Court of Appeal has rejected a claim by a heterosexual couple that their civil partnership be recognised.  The law provides civil partnership only for same sex couples whilst it now provides...

Resolution

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The Family Team at John Hodge Solicitors are all members of or prescribe to the code of conduct of Resolution an organisation, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals who are committed to supporting couples to reach constructive solutions to...

Home Buyers Beware

Stephen Mackie
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Home Buyers Beware If you have bought a leasehold house (not a flat) from a developer in the last 6 years, you should check that the cost of buying out the freehold is as you were led to believe by the developer. If not then you may have a claim against the...

Holiday Time

Stewart Castle
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HOLIDAY TIME   At lot has been reported in the press recently about taking children out of school during term time for a holiday but what about time away during the official holiday period where parents are separated – particularly holidays...

SETTLED YOUR INJURY CLAIM, BUT UNHAPPY WITH THE SETTLEMENT?

Stephen Mackie
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Have you settled a claim for injury compensation in the last 6 years, but not then recovered from your injuries as expected? Or, have you settled a claim and been disappointed with the amount you received? There are many ways in which you might not have...

When Professionals are Negligent

Stephen Mackie
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All professionals try to avoid mistakes. It is only human that on occasions they do make mistakes. Here in England and Wales most professionals are well insured so that their clients are not left out of pocket if a mistake has been made. Increasingly,...

What to do if your Solicitor Goes Bust

Stephen Mackie
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  There have been significant changes in legal services over the past decade. Governments of all main parties have tried to extend the type of commercial provider that can offer  them. Foreign law firms have been buying up traditional firms to...

Court Fees on Divorce Increase from 21 March 2016

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As a Family Lawyer I would say that I am pretty un-shockable, but I must admit that the Government’s 34% increase in the Court fee on divorce has been quite a surprise. We knew that it was being considered and was likely to take effect at some point;...

Consultation could lead to huge increase in Probate fees

James Ashby
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The Ministry of Justice has proposed a dramatic change in the structure of probate court fees. Currently, these court fees are fixed for all estates when applying for a grant of representation using a solicitor at a flat rate of £155. The proposed...

Make Your Will Week

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In an ever changing financial and social setting, making or reviewing a Will has never been more important.   In recognition of this, John Hodge Solicitors is proud to support Weston Hospicecare by participating in their “Make Your...

No Fault Divorce Bill - Progress Report

Stewart Castle
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This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 11 March 2016. The present divorce law is over 45 years old, having come into force in 1969. This law brought in a single ground for divorce: that the marriage had irretrievably broken down....

Put Children First

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Put Children First Each year around 240,000 children in the UK experience the separation of their parents. More than one in three children will see their parents split up before they reach their 16th birthday. When parents split up, children can often...

New Laws - Smokers, Bankruptcy, Landlords, Employers:Self-employed and You

Stephen Mackie
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Here are a few new laws introduced 1 st October 2015: Smoking in private vehicles that are carrying someone under 18 is illegal, as is buying e-cigarettes for them. You cannot be made bankrupt unless the creditor asking for the Bankruptcy Order is owed...

Bristol Family Law Clinic

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John Hodge Solicitors are pleased to announce that we are now offering a Family Law clinic at our Bristol office on the third Saturday of each month between 10.00am and 2.00pm, commencing on Saturday 17 th October 2015. There is no need to make an...

When Divorce Is Not the End

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When divorce is not the end. All family lawyers will have anecdotes of clients who, even after difficult divorces, will reunite with their former spouse.  This can have some unintended consequences. Some reunited couples will of course remarry, and...

The Importance of Financial Orders upon Divorce

David Starkey
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The case of Wyatt and Vince has recently highlighted the importance of obtaining an Order dealing with financial matters during divorce proceedings. Mr Vince and Ms Wyatt met as students in their early twenties and married in 1981. The pair had a son...

Maintenance on divorce

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Maintenance on divorce; how much and for how long? One of the questions we are frequently asked by newly separated clients is how much maintenance they should either pay to or receive from their spouse.  Where the maintenance is being paid in respect...

Selling your house and speeding up the process

Gareth Richards
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Selling your house – speeding up the process Once you have found a buyer for your home, you will no doubt hope that the sale goes through quickly.  Delays are often attributed to the legal process, and yet nowadays (with electronic ...

Litigant in person seminar

David Starkey
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Many people have never set foot inside a court building and wouldn’t dream of doing so without a lawyer to guide them through the process. However, more so than ever before, people are having to represent themselves in family court cases. If you find...

Unmarried Couples

Stewart Castle
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Unmarried couples - How does my position differ from someone who is married? If you are married or in a civil partnership and your relationship breaks down then you can claim maintenance, lump sums, and other financial provision including  pension...

Client credit with Iceberg

David Starkey
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At John Hodge Solicitors we understand that clients facing divorce or financial disputes following the breakdown of a relationship are likely to be experiencing a period of emotional and financial turmoil.  We are therefore delighted to announce that,...

Wedmore Family Law Clinic

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Wedmore Family Law Clinic If you have a question or concern regarding any aspect of Family Law and live in Wedmore or the surrounding area, John Hodge Solicitors is now offering a Family Law clinic each Tuesday between 9.30am and 4pm.  With no...

What if you do not have a Will

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What if you don’t have a Will? From 1 st October 2014, anyone who dies without leaving a Will (known as dying “Intestate”) could be affected by the new Inheritance and Trustees' Powers Act 2014. Although none of us like to think...

Weston Hospicecare Wills Week

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Supporting Weston Hospicecare - “Make Your Will Week” 2014   John Hodge Solicitors were delighted to be asked once again to take part in Weston Hospicecare’s – “Make Your Will Week” which took place on the 3 rd...

Dispute Saturdays - Free Consultation Clinic

Stephen Mackie
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On the third Saturday of every month, one of our dispute lawyers will be at our office at Tivoli House on the Boulevard in Weston Super Mare for people to drop in and talk for free about a problem they have. Our home page has the exact location.  ...

Saturday Free Consultation Clinic

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Every Saturday, one of our lawyers will be at our office at Tivoli House on the Boulevard in Weston Super Mare for people to drop in and talk for free about a problem they have between the hours of 10am - 2pm. Our home page has the exact location.  ...

Landlord Conveyancing Services

Mark Wright
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  Landlord Conveyancing Services Whether you are looking to add to your property portfolio, re-mortgaging or buying your first buy to let property, John Hodge Solicitors can provide you with a cost effective bespoke service with fees from...

An End to Distress re Commercial Property

Stephen Mackie
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An End to Distress (Commercial Property). No this is not a bland promise by a firm of solicitors to end all your worries. On the 6 April 2014 the right of Landlords of commercial premises to send in the bailiff to seize  the Tenant’s goods and...

LANDLORD EXPO 2014

Stephen Mackie
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LANDLORD EXPO 2014 JOIN US at the largest Landlord Expo in the Southwest on the 3 April 2014. Entry is free. Parking is free and there are over 80 exhibitors all offering services to landlords of residential property. Refreshments are also free. 700...

Mixed-Up Wills

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There is not often much news regarding the law on Wills and in fact most of the provisions are still governed by a Wills Act from as long ago as 1837.  However, the recent case of Marley v Rawlings and another has attracted the attention of the...

Wills Week

Joanna Kenyon
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Never got round to making that Will? Looking for a good excuse? What better than to make a Will   and benefit a worthy cause at the same time. On 3 rd March we will be again taking part in Weston Hospicecare’s “Make a Will Week”...

Defamation The New Law

Stephen Mackie
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Defamation: The New Law The 2013 Defamation Act is now in force. Now you can only claim if your reputation has suffered serious damage, which in the case of a profit making organisation means serious financial damage. In the case of publications outside as...

Landlords Beware

Stephen Mackie
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Landlords Beware The deposit requirements for landlords of residential properties continue to cause problems. They apply to people letting out their home as well as professional landlords. To recap; for tenancies agreed after April 2007, landlords who...

The Only Constant Is Change

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The only constant is change... Under pressure from insurance companies who fund the majority of personal injury claims, the government has recently made changes to the law which significantly affects the injured person’s ability to seek proper...