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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.

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Arranging Christmas contact with your children?

Christmas is a time for family, but it can bring heartache for those who’ve separated or divorced. Making arrangements to spend time with your children over the festive period can be fraught with disagreements and arguments about who has them, when and for how long.
It’s a tricky situation. Deciding how to divide up your children’s time over the holidays can be problematic - who has them on the big day, do they spend time with both of you or is that too unsettling for them, when are they going to be picked up, how will they cope not being with both of you – it’s all a little too difficult, especially when emotions are running high. So, to help, we’ve outlined some suggestions about how to come to an agreement for child arrangements so that everyone can have a Merry Christmas:
Here are some practical suggestions to help arrangements run smoothly;

Published on - Mon, 09 Sep 2019

If you’re one of an increasing number of people remarrying, leaving assets to your children could be problematic without making preparations to future proof your will.

Many couples who remarry sell their existing properties to buy a new home together. Without an up to date will expressing that in the event of your death, your share of your home goes to your children, ownership of the property will transfer to your spouse. Upon on your spouse’s death, the entire joint estate could then be left to their children, ruling out any inheritance being passed to yours.

If you want to protect your partner, as well as ensuring your children benefit from the value of your property, a Home Protection Will Trust could be the answer. This effectively protects your share of the property, whilst allowing your partner to remain in the marital home for as long as they choose after your death.

To put this in place, the first step is to set up mirror wills stating that in the event of your death, a half share of the marital home goes to your children.

Read about how this can be easily done here

Published on - Fri, 06 Sep 2019

Read the distressing story of Samantha Partington;

Samantha Partington, is a journalist for the Daily Mail and her story is another example of why it’s so important to set up a lasting power of attorney.

In short, Samantha’s mum was diagnosed with dementia and the family were told she’d need round the clock care. Despite his efforts, her father struggled to cope and, sadly, he passed away of a heart attack just seven months later.

This left Samantha and her brother, Michael dealing with her mother’s finances. That was where the problems began.

Because her mother’s condition had degenerated and there was no power of attorney in place, Samantha and Michael were unable to deal with things for her.

Click here for the full story;

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Published on - Tue, 20 Aug 2019

Executors. Attorneys. What’s the difference?People are often confused about the difference between...

Executors. Attorneys. What’s the difference?

People are often confused about the difference between executors and attorneys, so we’ve set out a simple explanation of each below. While both involve dealing with someone’s affairs, their roles only become effective at different times and through very different legal processes.

Put simply, one deals with life while the other deals with death. If you want to choose the same person to be your attorney and executor, you can but you will need two different documents to arrange this. The other thing to mention is that there’s no underestimating the importance of executors or attorneys.

Read the full story here;

Published on - Tue, 13 Aug 2019