Pre Nups little use

Pre-nups irrelevant unless you’re wealthyA guide issued by judges to help those who cannot afford lawyers indicates that pre-nups will likely be ignored in divorce cases unless a surplus of assets is left over after meeting both spouses’ needs. The Family Justice Council said in its guide, Sorting out Finances on Divorce, that “for most…

Farming Law

Farming JPHLAW When run a farm or have any agricultural business interests, you will face a whole set of legal issues which can be quite specific to your sector.  The specialist Farming & Agriculture Team at JPHLAW has extensive experience of handling the legalities of rural business affairs and we have strong, long standing relationships…

Abortion sentence

Suspended sentence for abortion pill womanA 21-year-old Northern Irish woman has been given a three-month suspended sentence for taking abortion pills which induced a miscarriage. Amnesty International said that it was “appalled” by the sentence.

Succession advice for farmers

Succession Advice for Farmers Traditionally, family farms in Northern Ireland have been passed to the next generation on death. More recently, social and economic changes have meant that many farm businesses are now transferred to the next generation during the owner’s lifetime. Make a Will Passing on ownership of a farm business can be stressful, whatever…

Children more important than Pre NuptialsEnglish High Court refuses to leave heiress in ‘relative luxury’ and husband in ‘relative penury’ A High Court judge has set aside a prenup and two post-nuptial agreements made by a wealthy heiress and her husband, to protect the “reasonable requirements” of their three children The Law Commission outlined plans…

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Huge increase in IHT

Record IHT bill expectedOfficial data shows British families’ IHT bill will this year exceed £4bn for the first time in history, with experts warning that resentment is building among the growing number of middle-class savers now being forced to pay “death duties”. IHT receipts for the 12 months to February, published by the Office for…

Financial ombudsman award

Barclays must pay fraud victims £55,000Barclays has been ordered by the Financial Ombudsman Service to pay a couple more than £55,000 after “contributing” to them being defrauded. The lender disclosed information over the phone about “Mr and Mrs H” to conmen, who then used these details to pose as the bank’s staff in a subsequent…

DIY Probate risks

DIY probate risks on the rise, court figures showIncreasing numbers of people are risking costly litigation by handling probate matters without legal advice, lawyers claimed yesterday. Figures from the Chancery Division of the High Court show that the number of probate applications made not involving a solicitor have leapt from 28 per cent a decade…

National living wage start

National living wage takes effectThe new national living wage comes into force today, meaning workers over the age of 25 must receive an hourly rate of at least £7.20 – an increase of 50p. A report by the Social Market Foundation think tank warns small firms will see wage bills rise at triple the rate…