201904.23

The Marriage Tax Allowance

For those who are married or in a civil partnership, it might be possible to claim up to £1,150 via a tax break called Marriage Tax Allowance (MTA). According to MoneySavingExpert.com up to 700,000 people are not claiming this allowance. It is worth noting that applicants might still be eligible to make claims even if…

201904.09

What happens to pets in divorce and separation?

It is currently National Pet Month which runs from 1 April to 6 May. With that in mind it seems to be an opportune time to consider what would happen to a pet in the event of a divorce or separation. Pets in this country are often treated like members of the family, sharing our…

201903.18

Enforcement of a Tomlin order is simple contract. Keep it Simples!

In the case of Bostani and others v Pieper and another [2019] EWHC 547 (Comm) (4 March 2019), the claimants (“C”) applied to enter judgment against the defendants (“D”) pursuant to the terms of a Tomlin order which provided that if D failed to make any of the payments due under the order, C was…

201903.04

Probate Fees to increase from April 2019

At present probate fees are paid to the government when administering someone’s estate after they die. Currently families pay a flat rate of £215 or £155 if they apply through a solicitor, on estates over £5,000. The government have announced that no probate fees would be paid on estate under £50,000. However, if the estate…

201902.18

Obtaining landlord consent for alterations should be “through the roof”!

The majority of leases will stipulate that you require your landlord’s permission or consent before carrying out any alterations to your property. This could include minor work like fitting a wooden floor or installing windows to making major structural alterations. However, if the relevant consent is not obtained, usually through applying for a Licence to…

201902.13

Take control this Valentine’s Day!

Well here we are again, Cupid is making his rounds and we are inundated with adverts for Moonpig and the like…yes, it is Valentines Day once more! With the return of Valentine’s Day the minds of many people turn to romantic gestures of love, such as marriage proposals and invitations being extended for parties to…

201901.07

Does the New Year mean a time for change?

The ringing in of the New Year often brings about the need for change in most of us. Usually that is a new diet and exercise regime after the excesses of Christmas or the undertaking of a new hobby. However for some of us the “new me” attitude can also signal the end of an…

201812.13

“Deeply dishonest” husband criticised by Judge for contesting divorce

The November 2018 case of VW v BH (Contested Divorce Proceedings) [2018] EWFC B68 in which a Respondent husband sought to contest divorce proceedings issued by his wife – even though he had admitted committing adultery throughout their 22 year marriage – was branded “extraordinary” and an “awful case” by the presiding Judge. Her Honour…