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Russell and Russell Solicitors can deal with all the legal aspects of your new life together. Whether you’re buying or selling a property, looking to protect your assets, thinking about starting a family or want to leave your possessions to those you care about, we can help.

We’ve nine offices across the North West; in Bolton, Atherton, Bury, Chester, Farnworth, Horwich and Middleton. And, because anything can happen at any time, we’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Call us on 0800 103 2600 or visit russellrussell.co.uk

Russell and Russell Qualifies in Wills and Inheritance Again.Read why below?

And now awards winner(accreditation) in this important area..
Russell and Russell Qualifies in Wills and Inheritance Again
Russell and Russell Solicitors has once again been accredited to the prestigious Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).
WIQS was set up by The Law Society to provide transparency for clients when selecting a lawyer to help with their wills and estate planning. It benchmarks a law firm’s areas of expertise and ensures processes are in place to enable clients to understand what is involved in preparing a will or seeking probate advice, the costs and the timescales expected.
“It’s hugely important to be able to demonstrate you have the skills and knowledge to deal with someone’s will or Lasting Power of Attorney, for example”, said Judith Bromley, head of wills and probate at Russell and Russell. “Estate planning is probably one of the most important financial decisions you’ll make, which is why it requires the expertise of a qualified solicitor to get the best possible outcome and our reaccreditation to WIQS is testament to our standards of service.”
The practice was one of the first law firms in the North West to be accredited to WIQS in 2014. Qualification involved the department undergoing a rigorous application and assessment process in which it was required to demonstrate its adoption of best practice procedures in delivering wills and probate advice. Russell and Russell’s probate department is also a member of Dementia Friends, an Alzheimer’s Society initiative which helps people and organisations learn more about what it is like to live with dementia, and all its solicitors are members of Solicitors for the Elderly.

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Published on - Wed, 11 Oct 2017

Russell and Russell Shows its Support of LGBT Community with Sponsorship of Bolton Pride 2017

Once again, Russell and Russell is sponsoring Bolton Pride. The event, which shows support for diversity and celebrates the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community, will take place from today until Monday. The weekend promises lots of activities, starting with a candle lit vigil from the Town Hall to Market Place, marking the official rainbow lights switch on. This will be followed by an LGBT film night at the Light Cinema in Bolton from 8pm.

The Diversity Carnival parade will take place from Queens Park on tomorrow morning at 11.00am, ending in Victoria Square where a huge party will be staged. Acts include Stooshie, BGT’s Olivia Archbold and The Voice’s Joe Keegan. There will also be an open air bar to help quench your thirst after all that dancing. In the evening, The Venue is hosting a Back to the 90s night, featuring multi-million selling, award winning, Brit nominated house music duo, Phats & Small.

On Sunday, Russell and Russell will have a stall in Victoria Square form 11.00am until 5.00pm. The event will include many other market stalls, service providers, games, ice creams, popcorn, candy floss and much, much more. On Monday 2nd October, Kerry Ellis flies into Bolton to star in Voices & Lyrics at Octagon Theatre Bolton, for the official closing event.

Having enjoyed a huge turnout in previous years, Bolton Pride has earned its stripes as one of the highlights of the town’s social calendar. The event is free and promises to be a fun day for all to enjoy.

As a firm that’s committed to equality, we’re delighted to be sponsoring the event again this year. To find out what else is going on, download the guide here. See you there!

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Published on - Fri, 29 Sep 2017

Before you sign your name on the joint mortgage, should you consider getting a cohabitation agreement drawn up?

Getting Married or Moving in Together?

In 1967 homosexuality was partially decriminalised in England and Wales. A lot has happened since then. The introduction of the Civil Partnership Act in 2004 paved the way for gay rights and in 2013 equality was achieved with the Marriage (same sex couples) Act. Since then thousands of couple have tied the knot.

For those who haven’t taken the plunge, there’s the option of living together, but should cracks start to appear, shacking up can bring its own problems when fall outs and disagreements over who gets what make a break up all the more acrimonious. So, before you sign your name on the joint mortgage, we’d recommend you consider getting a cohabitation agreement drawn up. These identify any assets you bring to the relationship – money, property, possessions – which are ring-fenced in the event of your relationship breaking down.

If you’re thinking about getting married, it’s worth noting a recent ruling by the Court of Appeal which has cast doubt over conventional assumptions surrounding how the assets of a marriage are divided between parties (see our article dated 18/09/17 for more details at https://russellrussell.co.uk/news). Family lawyers have been divided on this particular case because the judge ruled in favour of the husband keeping the majority of the couple’s assets as he brought more wealth to the marriage.

What the case has done is set a precedent that prenuptial agreements should be sought prior to getting married. In essence, a ‘pre nup’ is a contract which outlines the division of financial, property and personal assets between yourselves in the event of divorce. Of course, it’s easy to see this as not being a very romantic notion, but all sorts of problems occur when marriages break down and splitting finances can be a very thorny and drawn out (not to mention expensive) process.

If you’d like some guidance on how cohabitation and prenuptial agreements work and what you can expect from them, our solicitors can talk you through it.

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Published on - Thu, 28 Sep 2017

Will prenuptial agreements become more commonly used ? Find out why below..
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Divorce Ruling Paves the Way for Pre Nups
It’s envisaged that prenuptial agreements will become more commonly used following the outcome of a court case which dismissed a woman’s bid for an equal share of her and her ex-partners assets.
Karen Hart was awarded £3.5m by the Court of Appeal after her 23 year marriage broke down. The couple’s assets were valued at just under £9.4m, but Judge Wildblood QC ruled that Mr Hart was entitled to keep the lion’s share of the combined wealth as he had brought the majority of the assets to the marriage.
Family law solicitors are now hotly debating how this will affect future rulings. Some believe that the settlement should have assumed equal weighting given the length of the marriage. There was also surprise that, even though it wasn’t properly evidenced, the judge found the financial contribution of Mr Hart outweighed that of Mrs Hart’s family and domestic contribution.
Others, however, are in favour of the ruling. They advocate that the courts draw a clear distinction between wealth built up during the marriage and what was generated prior to the partnership. In the case of Hart v Hart, Mr Hart brought his wealth to the marriage, so should be entitled to keep it. That said, an exception to this would be when a marriage breaks down and there aren’t enough assets to meet the financially weaker partner’s needs. As needs are viewed as more important, in those instances, some of the one side’s pre-acquired wealth will be apportioned to the weaker party.
Pippa Tudor, a divorce lawyer at Russell and Russell, advises: “This case has clearly set a precedent that, particularly where there is significant wealth involved, prenuptial agreements should be sought prior to getting married. I appreciate in the throes of love, it’s not a very romantic subject to bring up, but it’s important to legally outline what contribution you’re bringing to the marriage will prevent any nasty surprises as they could be included in any pay out should you divorce in the future.”

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Published on - Wed, 20 Sep 2017