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Re-introduction of two bills set to change family law

Following the general election in December 2019, the newly formed government has tabled the re-introduction of two Bills regarding family law policy which were halted last year. These are the Domestic Abuse Bill and Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. The main elements of the Domestic Abuse Bill are: To create a statutory definition of domestic […]

Long-term care funding – Part 1

As advisers acting for elderly clients, we need to understand the issues related to long-term care funding – what counts towards capital limits and what assets will be disregarded. We also need to understand the deliberate deprivation rules and when a client is treated as having notional capital despite having given away assets or invested […]

First mixed sex civil partnership has been registered

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan celebrated being one of the first couples to obtain a mixed sex civil partnership at Kensington and Chelsea Register Office in West London on 31 December 2019. After Ms Steinfeld and Mr Keidan won their legal bid at the Supreme Court in 2018 for the right to have a civil […]

Claiming state pension once your spouse has died

Claiming state pension from a deceased spouse: there are two types of pension, the basic state pension and the new state pension. The type a person can claim will depend on their date of birth. For instance, men born before April 6, 1951 and women born before April 6, 1953 can claim the basic state […]

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