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John Randle – the new face of Family Law at Colemans

18th November 2021 4:06 pm Comments Off on John Randle – the new face of Family Law at Colemans

Colemans Solicitors LLP, like most other businesses over the last 18 months, has faced many changes. One very positive change is that with effect from 1 November 2021 we have welcomed John Randle to the team. John is a highly regarded and vastly experienced family solicitor. His career to date has spanned over 30 years,…


Channel 4’s Dispatches Commentary: Do Family Court Proceedings Tear Lives Apart?

3rd August 2021 5:24 pm Comments Off on Channel 4’s Dispatches Commentary: Do Family Court Proceedings Tear Lives Apart?

You may have seen that, last week, Channel 4’s Dispatches examined the family courts system and revealed real-life cases where the courts have ordered the police to forcibly remove children from loving homes in private law matters where there have been allegations of “parental alienation” If you did, you may be wondering whether you can trust the…


How do I change my child’s name?

30th June 2021 9:00 am Comments Off on How do I change my child’s name?

There are a number of reasons why a parent may wish to change their child’s name. For example, a parent may be distressed by calling the child by the child’s registered name, for instance, a child named after an absent or violent parent. Or, a parent may wish all the children of the family to…


Do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?

28th June 2021 9:00 am Comments Off on Do I need a pre-nuptial agreement?

If you are planning to get married or enter a civil partnership, you may wish to enter into an agreement that shows what you intend to happen to your money and property if the marriage or civil partnership were to end. For example, what will happen to property that either of you brought into the…


How do you end a same-sex marriage?

21st June 2021 3:08 pm Comments Off on How do you end a same-sex marriage?

To end a same-sex marriage, you or your spouse will need to apply for a divorce. To apply for a divorce, you must have been married for at least a year. The person starting the divorce is called “the petitioner” and the other spouse is called “the respondent”. Petition The document that starts the divorce…


Our Fixed Fee Divorce Service

10th June 2021 5:45 pm Comments Off on Our Fixed Fee Divorce Service

For most, the breakdown of a marriage induces feelings of fear and uncertainty. This is likely to be exacerbated in the current climate, as the pandemic has brought constant change and ambiguity into everyone’s lives. At Colemans Solicitors, we strive to provide you with some comfort and certainty in challenging times, by offering  a fixed…


Asset Protection Trusts

3rd June 2021 2:06 pm Comments Off on Asset Protection Trusts

The Problem What we are talking about here is care home fees. Residential care is expensive.  Even if you have no special needs, fees of £1,000 a week are common in the South East.  At some £50,000 per year, this can run through your capital very fast. Many people feel this is unfair, and that…


Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Properties and How They Affect You

5th March 2021 4:21 pm Comments Off on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Commercial Properties and How They Affect You

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/962), known as the MEES Regulations for reasons that will become obvious, require a “minimum energy efficiency standard” to be met before properties can be let in certain circumstances.  The aim is to improve the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial private…


Stamp Duty Land Tax “holiday” extended to 30 June 2021

4th March 2021 10:35 am Comments Off on Stamp Duty Land Tax “holiday” extended to 30 June 2021

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has today confirmed that the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday introduced last year as part of the government’s package of measures to combat the economic impact of Covid-19 is to continue to 30 June 2021. On 8 July 2020 the Chancellor announced that, as a temporary measure, buyers would not…


Inheritance Tax Mitigation: Can I give my home to my child(ren)?

1st March 2021 4:10 pm Comments Off on Inheritance Tax Mitigation: Can I give my home to my child(ren)?

You have been doing some reading and your home is clearly the most valuable asset in your estate and if you gift it to your children, your estate will not have an expensive Inheritance Tax bill to pay. Or perhaps you have a number of properties and are thinking of giving your second home to…


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