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Jun 22

The challenge of estate planning in the face of ongoing Covid-19 delays

Although the UK is slowly returning to some degree of normality, significant backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to plague several key estate planning organisations. The importance of putting...

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May 22

Holiday travel advice for separated parents

I think we can all agree, the ability to travel abroad for a spot of summer sun has been a long time coming following our enforced staycations of the last...

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May 22

Raworths shortlisted at Chambers High Net Worth Awards 2022

Raworths' Trusts, Wills and Estates team has been nominated for the Chambers High Net Worth Award 2022 Out-of-London Practice of the Year. The shortlist comes through the extensive independent research...

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Apr 22

Employment law update for employers – Spring 2022

April is usually the month when the Government introduces new employment legislation and increases to statutory payments, and in recent years has announced its commitment to introducing significant new rights,...

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Apr 22

No Fault Divorce – update from 6 April 2022

Having recently had the opportunity to watch the BBC drama “The Split” I found that it highlighted the concerns that many family lawyers have had for a number of years,...

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Mar 22

“I’ve been left a gift in a Will – but I don’t want it”

It might not be often you hear those words but that’s exactly what Rhona said on Emmerdale on Monday (28 February). Upon hearing that her abusive deceased ex-husband Pierce had...

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Mar 22

Child Maintenance – things you should know

Child maintenance is something all parents going through a separation need to deal with, regardless of whether you are married or cohabiting. If you are married, then you have a...

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Dec 21

Can I find out why I have been disinherited?

When a good friend, relative or loved one passes away, it is not uncommon for many to contemplate what decisions the Deceased may have made as to the ultimate destination...

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Dec 21

Separated parents – the Christmas period

Christmas can be a joyful, family filled time but for others it can be a time of stress and tension.  For separated parents it can be particularly difficult as they...

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Nov 21

Raworths are supporting Good Divorce Week 2021

Resolution’s Good Divorce Week takes place this week (29 November to 3 December 2021) and aims to raise awareness of the benefits of using a Resolution member to advise and...

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Nov 21

Navigating your way through divorce

No one enters a marriage with an eye on the emergency exit but if it does happen, there are ways to minimise the pain. At risk of stating the obvious...

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Nov 21

Getting a pension health check

A recent decision by the Pensions Ombudsman has again highlighted the sometimes precarious financial position occupied by cohabiting couples and their relative lack of rights compared to their married counterparts....

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Sep 21

Who gets the dog on divorce?

We’re a nation of animal lovers and if press reports are anything to be believed, this has been illustrated clearly in lockdown, with many households succumbing to the temptation of...

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Sep 21

Pensions and Divorce

A new report has again highlighted the gender inequality in pension wealth and its potential impact on pension outcomes on divorce. The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA),...

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Sep 21

Proposed modernisation of the Child Maintenance Service

Child maintenance can be a tricky issue and is something that can cause a lot of confusion for separating parents, particularly the interaction between the court and the Child Maintenance...

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Aug 21

Bailment: landlords and leftover property

Outgoing tenants often leave property behind at the end of their tenancy and this can create several considerations for landlords: do they have to store these items, and if so...

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Jul 21

Raworths achieves top ranking in Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Raworths achieves top ranking in its region and nationally (outside London) in independent guide Chambers High Net Worth Guide, one of the leading independent guides for the international private wealth...

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Jul 21

No Fault Divorce Delayed

As my colleague Ellie Foster explained in her article No Fault Divorce earlier this year, the Government announced a new law on ‘no-fault’ divorce to come into effect this October...

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Jun 21

Is it worth paying for a private Financial Dispute Resolution?

For most people, (particularly those without children), one of the most important stages of a separation is the financial settlement. When managed badly it can fuel acrimony and dispute, cause...

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Apr 21

Understanding the importance of pensions during divorce

As my colleague Claire Hunter explained in her article here ("what will happen to my pension during divorce"), pensions can be some of the most valuable assets in a marriage...

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Mar 21

No Fault Divorce

It’s a common misconception with divorcing couples that if one party can blame the other for the breakdown of the marriage then they will be entitled to a greater share...

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Jan 21

How to manage your personal belongings in your will

Should have put a name on it!   How to manage your personal belongings in your will When preparing your Will you might not have considered who your personal belongings (also known...

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Jan 21

Raworths Family Unit marks the new year with a senior appointment

Raworths Solicitors has added a new senior role to its Family Unit as the team responds to increased demand for its services.  Ellie Foster joins the respected law firm as...

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Nov 20

Unmarried couples who are separating – what happens to your property?

When deciding to live together, understandably many unmarried couples do not think about what would happen with their property if their relationship came to an end. However, when relationships do...

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Oct 20

We need to talk about….death

At the outbreak of covid-19, there was some surprise that the government included solicitors specialising in wills on the list of key workers, but in those early months we were...

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Oct 20

Selling your home? Make sure you’re ready!

The stamp duty holiday has led to a surge in activity for the housing market in the last few months. Whilst this activity has been welcomed in the aftermath of...

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Jul 20

What does the Stamp Duty holiday mean for me?

On 8 July 2020 the government announced a Stamp Duty holiday for residential property purchases with immediate effect (8 July) until 31 March 2021. Kelly Buckle-Fleming, our residential property expert...

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Jul 20

It shouldn’t take a pandemic to make you think about your Will

Katie Watts explains why everyone should have this important document in place. The current coronavirus pandemic and enforced lockdown have given some people the time to think about putting their...

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Jun 20

Providing for your pets The Aristocats way!

I’m spending lockdown with a toddler which means constantly being on the go and coming up with ways to entertain him. We’re trying to make lots of nice memories as...

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Apr 20

Changes to the Intestacy Provisions – the consequences of not making a Will

The ‘Intestacy Provisions’ are a set of rules which set out how your estate will be divided amongst your relatives if you die without making a Will. These rules essentially...

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Apr 20

Entrepreneurs’ Relief – an update

The Budget 2020 on 11 March seems like a lifetime ago, despite being only last month. One of the biggest changes introduced by the Budget was to Entrepreneurs’ Relief, which,...

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Apr 20

Testamentary freedom in soapland

If like most people you are in social isolation at the moment, you may have been using this time to catch up on the latest storylines in the soap world....

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Feb 20

The rise of the blended family: how to plan for the future

In recent years, the term blended families has had increased media exposure. Blended families occur when two people get married, perhaps for the second or third time, usually later in...

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Feb 20

What is collaborative law and could it work for me? A Royal solution.

Collaborative Law, as the name implies, means working with a former partner towards a common goal, rather than approaching matters in a positional and adversarial way. Trying to reach an...

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Feb 20

But you promised me the farm… avoiding family conflict in a farming business

As head of a family farming business one would imagine you had already planned for succession by making a will, having a business structure in place and ensuring that the...

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Jan 20

Family Mediation – what is it?

During Family Mediation Week (20-24 January 2020) Jo Lofthouse looks at the role Mediation can play in a divorce During the first couple of months of a New Year, many...

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Jan 20

Future Proofing your Mental Capacity

Mental capacity is in the news a lot, whether it’s a discussion about our ageing population or an increase in people living with dementia. But is there anything you can...

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Nov 19

The law of unintended consequences – the dangers of online and homemade wills

Almost every week we see people who have put off making their wills for years, often with the belief that their family can sort everything out upon their death. Unfortunately,...

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Nov 19

Your Relationship Status and Your Will

Have you ever considered how your relationship status affects your will? Marriage, separation, divorce and reconciliation all have an impact on your final wishes and can have unexpected consequences that...

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Oct 19

What will happen to my pension during a divorce?

Pensions can be one of the most valuable assets in a marriage, even in modest asset cases. For high net worth individuals, the value of the pension fund can be...

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Sep 19

Cohabitating couples. Is a cohabitation agreement a good idea?

If you are planning to live together (or already live together) a cohabitation agreement could help you manage your affairs if you were to separate from your partner. People are...

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Aug 19

The first step to compulsory alternative dispute resolution for civil litigants?

On 6 August 2019 the Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision in the High Court to rule that the Court can force a party to take part in a...

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Aug 19

I’m not married but am splitting up with my partner-what happens to our property?

It often comes as a surprise to cohabiting individuals that in the unfortunate event of a relationship break down they do not have the same rights to make property claims...

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Jun 19

Parenting Plan – What is the right of first refusal?

Often, one of the most contentious issues following a separation regards children and specifically what time each party can spend with them moving forward. As you might expect, discussions between...

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Apr 19

Looking to Buy? Make sure you’re ready…

Buying a house or flat can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are a first-time buyer. As with many things, preparation can make the process much smoother. The tips...

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Feb 19

Looking to Sell? Make sure you’re ready…

If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, making sure that both the house and the associated paperwork are in good order, can go a long way...

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Jan 19

New partner to boost Private Client team at Raworths

Raworths has boosted its Private Client team with the appointment of Caroline Hedges, who joins the firm as Partner. The senior appointment follows the rapid growth of the department over...

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Dec 18

Who gets to keep the ring?

With the festive season being the most popular time for proposals, Jo Lofthouse considers what happens to the ring if things fall through. As has been widely reported on social...

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Nov 18

Minimising the impact of conflict on children

Good Divorce Week (26-30 November 2018) aims to provide practical help, highlighting ways for separating parents to put their children’s needs first, as well as calling on the government to...

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Nov 18

Universal Credit – what separating spouses need to know

As the controversy around universal credit continues, Jo Lofthouse looks at the contentious policy and explains what divorcing couples need to be aware of. Universal credit is the benefit payment that was introduced in 2012 with a phased roll out. It was introduced in Harrogate...

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Jun 18

Online divorce – a new digital era

This month (June 2018) a new online divorce system is being rolled out across England and Wales. Following a testing phase last year, online divorce is now an option for...

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Apr 14

Raworths Trust Team Makes New Appointment

The Harrogate law firm, Raworths has added another solicitor to the Trusts, Wills and Probate team under the leadership of new partner, Rachel Tunnicliffe with the appointment of lawyer Sam...

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Mar 14

Key Appointment for Raworths with New Trusts Partner

Raworths has made a significant appointment to its partnership with the announcement of the recruitment of well-known private client lawyer Rachel Tunnicliffe who moves to the firm after holding partnership positions at...

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