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Dr Foster and Parental Alienation

The second series of Dr Foster has come to a dramatic end, and we are left asking what we can take from this tale. Certainly, that the two main characters, Simon and Gemma, have allowed their hatred for each other to consume their lives, and ultimately…

Dr Foster- a Family Lawyer’s Review Part 2

Last month, after watching the popular television show, “Dr Foster”, we published a blog reflecting upon the impact that warring parents’ behaviour can have upon their children. In ‘What About Tom’, we laid out the first three steps that we suggest for any parent going through…

Family lawyer reviews Dr Foster

Along with most of the country, the Burt Brill & Cardens family team have recently started watching the second series of Dr Foster. Perhaps due to our roles family solicitors, we are instantly drawn to poor Tom being in the middle of his parents’ revenge-seeking…

How finances are settled in UK Divorce

I’m divorcing – do I need to do anything about the finances? In short, yes. This is a question that we are often asked by clients who have started Divorce Proceedings, closely followed by, “what if my ex-partner has no money?” The answer is still…

Removing your spouse from the family home

You can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without hearing about Petra Ecclestone’s and James Stunt’s recent acrimonious Court Hearing in London. And the Financial Proceedings relating to their divorce haven’t even started yet! It has been reported that Mr Stunt was…

Why you should make a Lasting Power of Attorney

Reduced Lasting Power of Attorney Fees In an unusual move by the Government, the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) registration fees have been slashed from £110 per document to just £82, a staggering 25% reduction being in mind the Government’s usual approach of hiking fees.…

Changes ahead for Wills, Care Fees, and Stamp Duty

There are an unusual number of under-currents currently affecting the typically calm world of Private Client work. On the run-up to the election the different parties’ manifestos provided us with rather more food for thought than we originally anticipated. In addition to this, the existing…

Working with You

I am firmly of the view that not all solicitors are the same, any more than all dentists or schools are the same. There are failing organisations in all walks of life, but I am referring more to differences between successful organisations. A good solicitor…

New Inheritance Tax Rules

Significant changes surrounding Inheritance tax come into force in April 2017, a new inheritance tax free allowance for family homes and stricter rules affecting residential properties held by non-doms in offshore companies. As always with tax, the rules are complex, especially when trusts are involved…

What is the point of trusts?

We are firm believers in keeping things including legal matters as simple as possible. Simplicity creates clarity and clarity is usually cheaper and easier to manage. Nevertheless, there are occasions when simple may not be best and for families concerned about passing wealth down the…

Are Pre-nuptial Agreements Enforceable In UK Courts?

Engagements are usually a wonderful time for everyone involved. Once all the congratulations and excitement starts to simmer down, wedding planning can begin in earnest. And as unromantic as it may seem, if you have been married before and/or have substantial assets, part of this…