Wednesday, 8 June 2016

When A Parent Chooses To Favour One Child Over Another In A Will

Whether you should leave an equal share to each child, is a question that parents face when drawing up a Will. There are many factors that parents may take into account when drawing up their Will and can favour one child over another. However, there is a danger to uneven distributions, beyond just hurt feelings.
Equal splits among siblings are still the norm in estate planning, state CurryPopeck, Solicitors. However, there are many parents writing Wills that favour some of their children more than others.
There are many factors parents may take into account when determining how to distribute their property. One child may be financially stronger, or may have three children of his own, while another may have just one child. A close, loving relationship with one child can also be the reason. It's also not unusual to see imbalances when parents are planning to provide for a special-needs child.
Regardless of the reasons, unequal bequests can lead to discord in the family, say the experienced solicitors at Curry Popeck. The child receiving the lesser share may challenge the Will, alleging the parent’s diminished capacity to make that gift, or that the child with the greater share exerted undue influence.
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When making your Will, one of the major goals for most of the parents is to keep the children out of court with each other. Even if there aren't grounds for a legal challenge, unequal bequests may lead to family feuds. Therefore, such decisions should be handled with care and should only be made after consulting experienced solicitors.
According to Curry Popeck Solicitors, there are steps you can take to help protect your will from legal challenges, which includes being open about your inheritance plan when you are still alive. This will help the family members to truly understand your reason for doing so, thereby minimising the chances for discord and suspicions later.
If you find it difficult to have this conversation with your family members, you can write a letter or make a video elaborating on the reasons and thought process behind your plan. Apart from this, some other important measures include, drafting a Will. According to CurryPopeck Solicitors, if a person wants a say in how things are distributed after their death, they need to make a Will.
If you die without making a will, government intestacy laws apply, which generally specify equal division among biological and legally adopted children. The step children, even if you've been living with them for a very long time, do not get anything, if intestacy laws apply, so if you want your property to be distributed according to your wishes, you should consider drafting a will.
Talking to your children about which items they might want, also helps avoid future disagreements, suggest the law experts.
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Can You Make Provisions For Your Pets In Your Will?

There are many people who consider their pets as family members, so they often wonder whether it’s possible to leave money or property to pets in a Will. According to Curry Popeck, Solicitors, gifts that you make in your Will must have an identifiable human beneficiary, so, therefore, you cannot directly leave money and property to your pets.
Instead you can leave money in trust, for the purpose of caring for your pets. You will need to appoint a person or persons to use the money however they see fit, to care for your pet according to your wishes.
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To make your wishes clear, you can even leave a Letter of Wishes setting out how you’d like the money to be spent for your pet’s benefits and how you’d want your pet to be taken care of. However, the amount you leave needs to be ‘appropriate’ and according to your pet’s life expectancy and needs, state CurryPopeck Solicitors. If you do want to leave a large amount to your pet/s then it is advisable to put a clause in the Will stating where any left over money should go if the entire amount is not spent before your pet dies. Donating the leftover money to an animal charity would be a fitting tribute to your furry friend. Legally enforceable documents are the only way to try to ensure that your pet will be cared for according to your wishes. The case of Leona Helmsley's pampered Maltese 'Trouble', who inherited $12million from the real estate billionaire is an interesting example:
Hotel heiress Leona Helmsley, who died in 2007, cut her two grandchildren out of her will and evicted her son's widow after his death, making her Maltese her biggest heir, leaving a $12 million trust fund for the pooch. However, a judge later determined the inheritance excessive and knocked the pup's inheritance down to $2 million.
Trouble took the money and retired, flying by private jet to the Helmsley Sandcastle hotel in Sarasota, Florida after Helmsley's death and was cared for by Carl Lekic, the hotel’s General Manager. He cared for the dog and spent hundreds of thousands on her care annually, including $1,200 on food, $8,000 on grooming and $100,000 for full-time security. Security was necessary as Trouble became the target of great vitriol, receiving 20 to 30 death and kidnapping threats.
According to the law experts at Curry Popeck, a pet trust is still uncommon, but it does make sure that your pets live a good life even after you are gone. A trust gives this assurance by having different people in charge of overseeing different aspects of the pet’s care.
If you too are a pet parent and are concerned about what would happen to them after your death, the expert solicitors at Curry Popeck can provide you with some sound, practical advice so that you can rest assured about your pet’s future.
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

New Domestic Violence Law Offenders Could Be Punished With Up To Five Years In Jail

The new domestic violence law that could see perpetrators jailed for up to 5 years came into force in December 2015.  This law states, amongst other things, that partners who cause severe psychological harm through controlling behavior can be jailed for up to 5 years.

According to Curry Popeck, solicitors in Harrow, “Emotional abuse is not publicised as much as physical abuse, but it can be just as damaging to a person's health and overall well-being. It limits victims’ basic human rights, such as their freedom of movement and independence and therefore, the new domestic law is a welcome move towards deterring such behaviours in relationships.”

The new legislation will enable the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to bring charges where there is evidence of repeated, psychological abuse within an intimate or family relationship.

According to the CPS, psychological abuse can include humiliation and intimidation, a pattern of threats, or stopping a partner from socialising, monitoring someone’s social media accounts, surveillance through apps or dictating what they wear.

Under Section 76 of the Serious Crime Act 2015, controlling or coercive behaviour is defined as causing someone to fear that violence will be used against them on or generating distress alarm that has a substantial effect on their usual day-to-day .

Curry Popeck, London solicitors, say that due to the gaps in the earlier domestic violence law, perpetrators of domestic violence could psychologically abuse their victims without criminal consequences. This encouraged the perpetrators to continue their abusive behaviour and left victims without the sufficient criminal justice safeguards to protect them.

The new change in law will lead to agencies being able to intervene before it’s too late and possibly save lives too. However, it is vital that the new law is coupled with increased awareness among the public, and comprehensive professional training for all agencies that deal with domestic abuse. Apart from that it is also important for the frontline police officers to truly understand coercive control and the impact it has on victims.
The government should also ensure that the victims of abuse receive all the support they need, including legal aid.

Curry Popeck, Harrow solicitors , hail the new law as an important step forward in protecting victims of domestic abuse and helping them find a way out, but wider awareness across the public and the agencies dealing with victims would make an even bigger difference in tackling domestic abuse.
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Can You Bring A Financial Settlement Claim Many Years After Separation?

After the long and wrenching process of divorce, the financial settlement stage often comes as a relief to divorcing couples. However, an important point to note here is that a former spouse is entitled to pursue their ex-husband or wife for support, even years after divorce if no financial order was made at the time, state Curry Popeck,’s Harrow solicitors .

Currently, divorcing couples can obtain a Decree Absolute without a financial order, so it is very important to record all the financial matters in a court order to prevent opportunistic claims later, suggest Curry Popeck solicitors in Harrow Middlesex. The case of Wyatt v Vinceis a case in point: In Wyatt v Vince, the court ruled that Kathleen Wyatt, ex-wife of energy supplier Ecotricity’s founder, Dale Vince, could proceed with a claim against her former husband 20 years after their divorce. 

Ms Wyatt and her ex-husband, Mr. Vince, married in 1981, separated in 1984 and were divorced in 1992.After the divorce, Vince went on to found the renewable energy company Ecotricity and generated significant wealth. 

Kathleen Wyatt, began a claim for a lump sum of £1.9m and legal costs, 18 years after the divorce, in 2011.However, Mr. Vince appealed against his ex-wife on the basis that she had lodged the claim too late.But five Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled Ms Wyatt's case should go before the family court. The Supreme Court, however, did question the amount of financial relief sought by Ms Wyatt and suggested that a much more modest award would be appropriate for her.

They remarked that herclaim was "legally recognisable" and not an "abuse of process", considering her ongoing care for the children of the marriage without any financial contribution from her former husband.
This is a striking ruling that highlights the fact there is no time limit for ex-spouses to apply to a court for a financial settlement following a divorce. 

So, it is very important for the divorcing couples who want protection from such claims, to obtain a consent order from the court at the time of the divorce, in which they both agree that there will be no further financial claims.

According to Curry Popeck, solicitors in Harrow, even in amicable cases of divorce, it is very important to have a consent order drawn up, to prevent any future problems. 

The high profile case of Wyatt and Vince has encouraged more divorcees to pursue claims after divorce. If you want to prevent any such problems or would like to contact Curry Popeck, solicitors, regarding your financial settlement then please visit their website-
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