At AMD we understand that your needs for legal advice and support change throughout your lifetime. Practical legal advice from professionals who have taken the time and trouble to get to know you can be invaluable. The legal services that we offer are designed to encompass a variety of issues that could face anyone in their lifetime and we are here to provide a trusted professional support to turn to in any of these circumstances.
Recent changes at the Probate Registry designed to make it easier to obtain a Grant of Probate may encourage executors to try to deal with the administration of an estate themselves without professional assistance. However, obtaining the Grant is only the first hurdle and not the finishing line and after issue of the Grant there are still traps for the unwary.
When a relationship breaks down, it can be a difficult time for the whole family. The parties involved may not know where to turn and the confusion can cause a lot of stress. Whilst it is sometimes necessary to take matters to court, the parties may be able to resolve relationship issues through less formal means — often through mediation.
Alison Dukes of AMD Solicitors considers the recent Court of Appeal case of Waggott v Waggott on spousal maintenance.
Sophie Haskins of AMD Solicitors outlines some ways you can protect yourself from property fraud.
Many people who are appointed as executors under a will know that their duties include administering an estate in accordance with the will to ensure that the beneficiaries receive what they have been left.
Andrew Jack, one of our Probate and Wills Specialists offers some tips on avoiding DIY probate pitfalls.
For anyone getting divorced, there is a wealth of received wisdom out there. Unfortunately much of it is wrong. This can make it hard for those facing the end of their relationship to get accurate information on which to base their decisions. Alison Dukes from AMD Solicitors considers some of the most common myths about divorce.
The economy is said to be improving after several years of doom and gloom. Sometimes though, redundancy still raises its head. In such situations it is, of course, important for the procedure to be carried out within the law.
Getting divorced or ending a civil partnership is never easy, but it can be particularly hard on children. Anne Thistlethwaite from AMD solicitors looks at some of the steps you can take to minimise the impact of your relationship’s end on your kids.
Prenuptial agreements are pretty common in countries like the USA, Germany and France. However, until recently, they were relatively rare in the UK. Some see them as cynical and unromantic – as if saying divorce is inevitable – others consider them a declaration that they’re marrying only for love.
Getting divorced can be very costly, as well as stressful and emotionally traumatic. Legal costs can seriously impact the amount of money left to divide between the two parties and the whole process can worsen your relationship.
Alison Dukes, a trained collaborative family lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, discusses the benefits of a cohabitation agreement.