As most of us with memories long enough to recall a handful of channels on TV and no Internet can testify,we’ve seen much transformation in the last generation.
Like all change, there is plenty of room for debate and often statistics can provide room for interesting conversations.
As divorce lawyers, who deal with family law as part of our many services, we at Pindoria Solicitors have witnessed the differences in family life more than many, with co-habitation, civil partnerships, and same-sex marriages something, which has changed life beyond all recognition from a generation or two ago. Read More
When it comes to wills, trusts, estates etc., we naturally think of our property, money and perhaps family heirlooms, when assessing our wealth.
However, as a London wills and trusts experts, it has become more evident to us at Pindoria Solicitors that the changing times means we need to look into what we hold in the online world as well.
Of course, we realise the majority of an individual’s assets generally are in the real world, but a music library, social media photo album or PayPal accounts should also be taken into account. Read More
Thankfully, word or mouth remains the number one way that law firms acquire new clients – this despite living in an era where the phone, tablet or laptop is never far away. Trusted law firms in London, Lanarkshire or Lagos though must be aware of the power of online messages, and only those unaware of this may encounter problems.
Sadly though, whilst the internet has no doubt widened choice for all of us, we now have a situation where unregulated seller of legal services establishing themselves at the top of Google and other internet searches are leaving the public in potential jeopardy. Many law firms are still excluded from the first page of Google in response to basic legal questions. Read More
Sadly, there are more legal fights over deceased estates than in previous decades and the ensuing battles for all involved can be testing. One such example, which made the news over the summer, was the case of the Ball family from Wiltshire, which is notable due to the dark circumstances, which led to three of the youngsters being omitted from their family legacy.
The problem started 26 years ago, at the beginning of the 1990s when three siblings made allegations against their father and has ended with children losing out in a battle over the family’s estate. The siblings lost their challenge to the Will of their late mother, Barbara Ball’s legacy, which they fought on grounds of lack of mental capacity, and of undue influence by her husband. Read More
What has the death of a country and western singer in Middle America got to do with life in London?
Of course, on the face of it there seems very little connecting the passing of Glen Campbell with us in the South East of the UK. However, when the cause of death as Alzheimer’s is brought into the equation it then begins to make sense.
We live in an era where people who decide to co-habitat can do without any problems, and thankfully by and large, we live in a tolerant country, where many laws have been put in place to protect our liberal society. One of the greatest advancements in the past generation has been the legal framework of civil partnerships, allowing same sex couples the same rights as civil marriage. It is also worth bearing in mind that it is just over a decade ago that civil partnerships were enshrined in law and, of course, now since 2014 same-sex couples can marry.
Some civil partners have decided to marry, whilst others are happy with the civil partnership arrangement. It is a far cry from the lack of protection same sex couples had a short time ago. However, like all close relationships, sometimes things do not work out as those entering a life together would hope. Read More
Recent news that a woman has been awarded £30,000 from her father’s estate, despite the fact that he made it clear he had disinherited his children, will certainly cause some consternation by many looking at their Wills.
It is the first judgement of its kind, since a landmark Supreme Court ruling that was thought to clarify testamentary freedom and what constitutes reasonable provision.
In this case,Elena Nahajec was awarded the figure from Stanley Nahajec’s £240,000 estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Read More
The law can sometimes be painfully slow to move with the times, so the case of a gay man who won a landmark ruling which will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife is welcomed by all progressive solicitors.
In recent weeks, the Supreme Court ruled that if John Walker, 66, dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse’s pension, as long as they stay together.
Welcoming the decision, ex-chemical company worker, Mr Walker said it would “drag” the government “into the 21st Century. Read More
At Pindoria Solicitors, we fully understand and appreciate that when it comes to dealing with personal finances as well as decisions affecting health and welfare, it is important to give the utmost consideration to the specific needs of each individual client.
With an appropriate Lasting Power of Attorney in place drafted on your terms and in accordance with your wishes, you can be assured that in the event that it becomes necessary*, your finance and health decisions, will be at the hands of your most trusted who will be in a position to deal with it in a personable way that they know you will appreciate, need and wish. Read More
It is welcoming news for all of us in legal services in London and elsewhere in the UK who have worked hard for many years to build a solid, professional legal practice that new research has shown reputation to be the most important factor when choosing solicitors.
A recently releasedsurvey by the Legal Services Consumer Panel is good reading for trusted solicitors the length and breadth of the land, demonstrating the importance of building a solid legal offering for our customers. Read More