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Pensions on divorce – what should be considered?

Recent research by Scottish Widows has discovered that 7 in 10 of divorcing couples do not consider pensions during divorce, leaving people with inadequate pension provision on retirement. The research showed that people do not know what the options are for pension sharing on divorce, [...]

2017-11-23T15:16:44+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Forthcoming Changes to the divorce petition

Changes to the divorce petition were announced on 17th July. The new petition becomes compulsory on the 4th September but can be used from the 7th August. The new petition is substantially different in layout and format to the previous form, and is an attempt [...]

2017-08-02T12:00:31+00:00 August 9th, 2017|

Reflections on working in Skipton

Driving into work this morning I heard a news article on the radio about women wearing high heeled shoes for work, and discussions about whether employers can make them part of an enforced dress code. Researchers in Aberdeen have been looking at the issue, following [...]

2017-08-02T11:58:52+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Good news for employees : bad news for employers

By now most people are already aware of the Supreme Court decision in relation to a case brought by the union UNISON regarding the impact of Employment Tribunal fees on access to justice.The Supreme Court has ruled that fees of up to £1,200 are inconsistent [...]

2017-08-02T11:54:55+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|

Wills and Tenants in Common

When you’re drafting a Will it’s important to make sure that your assets will pass to the people you want to have them after you’re gone. If you own a property and this is part of the Estate that you want to leave behind, then [...]

2017-06-30T15:01:28+00:00 July 27th, 2017|

What is the Residence Nil Rate Band and how can you use it?

After considerable public pressure and discussion, last year’s budget introduced a Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB), which is designed to reduce inheritance tax for a large number of families. The RNRB works in addition to the personal nil rate band and is intended to make [...]

2017-06-30T11:49:58+00:00 July 20th, 2017|

Roles and responsibilities when dealing with an Estate

Personal Representatives are an essential part of the probate process and many of us will become one at some point in our lives. Given their importance what responsibilities do they have and what can they be liable for? What is a Personal Representative? A Personal [...]

2017-06-30T11:44:20+00:00 July 13th, 2017|

Local family lawyer Victoria Iliff joins Mewies

Family law specialist Victoria Iliff has moved from Keighley’s Waddington Turner Wall to Skipton’s Mewies Solicitors.  Victoria, who lives in Riddlesden, had been with Waddington Turner Wall for 11 years. She has now joined Angela Green’s growing Family team at Skipton law firm Mewies [...]

2017-09-06T10:16:06+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

Acting as a Deputy for a person with dementia

For someone with dementia, there comes a time when they will need another person to take over making decisions about essential matters, such as health and finances. Many people will put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place in advance of this happening. However, [...]

2017-07-05T09:14:51+00:00 July 4th, 2017|

Dealing with neighbour disputes

We live in increasingly close proximity to one another and, inevitably, that can lead to tensions rising over the behavior of our neighbours. There are many different levels of disputes, from a neighbour playing music at full volume throughout the night, to those who move [...]

2017-06-27T20:30:30+00:00 June 27th, 2017|