Why your Will should plan for the worst-case scenario

Last New Year’s Eve, British businessman Richard Cousins, his two sons, fiancée and her daughter took were killed when their pleasure flight crashed into a river, killing all on board. This month, thanks to Mr Cousins’ foresight, the Oxfam charity inherited £41m from his estate.

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Being made redundant doesn’t mean being set adrift

It’s the worst feeling in the world. Your company announces a restructuring process to ‘drive efficiencies’ – a euphemism which is slightly more palatable than its actual meaning: We need to save money, so we’re making redundancies. Suddenly everyone is thrown into a tailspin of worry.

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The loneliness of the accidental landlord

Of the estimated 5.4 million private landlords currently letting properties in the UK, a significant number are what the property industry describes as ‘accidental’, people who don’t live in their main residence but who need or want to recoup some or all of the outgoings associated with that property.

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If you’re a tenant, don’t sign up for more than you bargained for!

With rising house prices steadily widening the gap between first-time-buyers and a foot on the housing ladder, more and more people find themselves spending the first years of their independent lives in rented accommodation.

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Is a meal ticket for life now a bargain bucket?

Last night’s launch of new BBC One drama, The Split, about three divorce lawyer sisters proves that the appetite for very public marriage splits and the ensuing divorces is in no great danger of being satisfied any time soon. But one recent high profile case has shown that divorce is not a financial meal ticket for life.

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5 GOOD REASONS WHY EVERY COUPLE SHOULD HAVE A PRENUP

The issue of whether or not to draw up a prenup is understandably uncomfortable, because it raises the spectre of divorce before promises of standing together ‘til death us do part have even been made. But there are good reasons why every couple should consider having one.

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So you think you're ready for your divorce?

There are some things in life which, a bit like income tax, might be unpleasant, but are not always avoidable.Divorce is much the same. With precious few exceptions, very few people set out on their marriage with the intention of filing for a divorce at some point in the future

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Mark Norman
How to get the right advice for your divorce

If I were to break my leg, there is a very long list of people I’d call to help me before I plumped for a carpenter. Whilst he’d doubtless be able to knock up some really nice splints, I’d probably have some fairly strong reservations about the extent of his medical abilities.

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Court Corrects Parenthood Bungle

When a same-sex couple undertook fertility treatment which led to the birth of a baby girl, the intention was that both would be listed as her legal parents. However, due to mistakes made in processing the necessary forms, only one of the couple was shown as a legal parent.

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Facing Compulsory Purchase of Your Home?

Home ownership is generally regarded as providing safety and long-term security, but this is not always the case as properties can be compulsorily purchased by public authorities to make way for socially beneficial developments. Any householders affected are entitled to be compensated at the full market rate, although in a recent case it took a court appearance to ensure this.

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