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When another person or organisation has broken the contract between you to provide the goods or services in return for payment, you may have grounds for compensation or redress.

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The Litigation team at Poole Alcock will advise you on the best route to take, depending on your tenancy agreement.

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At Poole Alcock we understand that you want to resolve any dispute cost-effectively and maintain good relations where possible.

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A company’s articles of association are of paramount importance; they are the key constitutional document setting out the basic management and administrative structure of a company.

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Forming a company can be a positive and exciting step for many business owners. However, it is important to ensure from the outset that the documents governing your company’s operations suit your business needs.

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Acquisition of another company is an effective way to grow your business. Ensuring a successful transaction is all about the detail. You need to know exactly what you are buying.

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When the time comes to sell your company, or shares in your business, you will wish to maximise the return on your investment of money, hard work, time and emotion.

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Whether you are lending to or borrowing from a third party, it is always prudent to record the terms of the loan clearly.

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A company’s articles of association are of paramount importance; they are the key constitutional document setting out the basic management and administrative structure of a company.

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If you are in dispute about which school your child should attend or think that it will be in the child’s best interests to change schools it will be necessary to apply for a Specific Issue Order through the courts.

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If your child is aged under 16, it is possible to change their name by deed poll providing that all of the parties with Parental Responsibility are in agreement. However, the child’s birth certificate will not normally be changed as this is a historical record from when the child was born.

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When a child is removed from one of the parents without the other parent’s permission or a child is not returned at a pre-arranged time, it is important to act quickly to reinstate the child’s normal or pre-agreed routine.

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Whenever possible separating parties should speak to one another and make arrangements for the care of the children which are in the children’s best interests and can be worked around by both parents.

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Most of the legal rights given to parents are by way of Parental Responsibility (PR). PR means ‘all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law’.

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You can apply to end or dissolve your civil partnership if you have been in the partnership for at least one year. It is very similar to divorce, in that you will need to make an application to the court.

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When parties separate they may be able to reach an amicable agreement about the finances of the household and how these should be divided going forward. However, for most this can be the most difficult area to resolve.

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We can provide you with the peace of mind of conducting your divorce on a fixed fee basis. We will be able to provide you with the figure at the outset, allowing you to budget and plan your finances in advance.

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We are proud to be chosen by Cheshire Police Federation as their nominated divorce lawyers to provide specialist divorce and family advice to its members.

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A pre-nuptial/pre-civil agreement is a legal agreement made between two individuals before their marriage has taken place. It usually sets out how the couple wish their assets to be divided between them.

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A separation agreement is a written agreement used when a couple want to stop living together. The agreement can be used to decide a variety of topics including, who will pay the mortgage.

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Under the Equality Act 2010 harassment is defined as unwanted conduct which is related to either; age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation and is therefore unlawful.

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Employers should enter into a period of consultation with their employees, giving them information on why the redundancies are necessary and if there are any alternatives available.

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From the recruitment process, through to issues such as TUPE, training from expert employment solicitors can help you to use the law as a positive framework to implement the best employment practices.

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A written contract of employment is a legal requirement as part of the employment relationship and failure to provide one can leave both parties unclear about their rights and responsibilities.

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Failure to comply with employment legislation can be devastating for a business. Compensation awards for unfair dismissal claims can be in excess of £75,000 and awards for discrimination are unlimited.

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Unhappy in your relationship? Time to get the legal help you need

2nd January 2017

News : Divorce & Family

A study carried out by Relate reports that 1 in 5 couples in the UK argue regularly and are close to a break-up. Their findings suggest that 2.87 million married or cohabiting couples, are living in “distressed” relationships, where the strains were deemed to be “clinically significant” by Counsellors. It found for children being surrounded by these highly- conflicted relationships it was harmful and that ending the relationship may actually be less damaging than keeping it intact. The research also found that many couples suffered in silence for years and only sought help when it was too late to salvage their relationship.

Is this is sounding all too familiar? Then maybe it’s time to get some legal advice. We’ve just experienced another Christmas which can be an especially difficult time if you are living in an already strained environment. Money worries are heightened by the expectations of gifts, food and entertaining. Visits from extended family members only add to the pressure on couples. Everyone is ‘trying’ to be happy and create the perfect Christmas celebration. The cracks can soon start to show and many couples realise around now that enough is enough.

The New Year is a time of change for many. It’s a time to reflect on the year passed and reassess how we want to improve our lives in the coming New Year. Now is the time for action.

Call one of our offices and speak to a member of our Family Team, or use the ‘Contact Us’ form on our website and we’ll call you. We have specialist family lawyers at all of our offices across Cheshire. We can arrange a free initial consultation with one of our experts at your preferred office or over the telephone. This is a no obligation appointment. It’s an opportunity for you to get some free, expert advice about your options, allowing you to make an informed decision about your future.

Here are some of the things you might want to consider ready for your appointment:

  • Do you have children? Do you need an agreement about which parent the child lives with and how much time they spend with the other parent?
  • Have you agreed financial arrangements in relation to the children? Do you need to contact Child Maintenance Service? Tip- use their calculator available on-line to get a weekly figure.
  • Do you own a home together? Will one of you want to remain in the home? Can one of you afford to buy the other out? Can you re-mortgage? Will the house need to be sold? Have you had the house valued? Do you have any equity in the property? What are your housing needs? Any additional property owned in joint or sole names? Tip- if you are selling; get at least 3 valuations and try to agree a value together, it will save you time and money.
  • Are you renting? Does one of you want to take on the tenancy? What is your notice period to the Landlord?
  • Do you have a joint bank account, savings or investments? How much money is in these accounts? Do you need to ask the bank to put a freeze on the accounts until a financial agreement is reached? Tip- if your wages are paid into a joint account; consider changing to your sole account and transferring funds into the joint account to cover the monthly outgoings.
  • Do you have a bank account, savings or investments in your sole name? What is the value of these? Tip- if you are still living together; consider getting your post re-directed to a family members address or switching to online access wherever possible.
  • Do you have any pensions? What is the value of your pension? Does your partner have any pensions? Do you know what these may be worth? Tip- ask for the CETV; be aware the pension provider may charge for this. If there are substantial amounts involved we have expert third parties who can accurately value a fund.
  • Do you have any debts or liabilities in your sole name or in joint names? How much remains owed on each of these? Tip- get up-to-date statements from creditors.
  • Do you own a business? Tip- Don’t worry, our family lawyers are experts, we also have an excellent in house Corporate and Commercial department who we can liaise with on any tricky business related issues.

Don’t delay, call our Freephone number 0800 389 7093 (24/7, 7 days a week) and arrange to meet with an expert Family Law Solicitor for a free, no obligation, initial consultation at one of our offices and discuss your options.

We have a Specialist Family Law Solicitor at each of our offices below:

Nantwich | Sandbach | Crewe | Congleton | Alsager

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