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Nikki celebrates as she becomes a Chartered Legal Executive

Nikki celebrates as she becomes a Chartered Legal Executive

Coventry & Warwickshire law firm Alsters Kelley Solicitors is celebrating after one of its Family Care executives became a Chartered Legal Executive. Nikki Aldridge, who works within the Family Care department, first joined the firm in February 2017. She specialises in public law matters, assisting parents and grandparents in matters involving Children's Services. Nikki is now based in the Nuneaton office working alongside Adrian Bannister. Nikki started as a Legal Secretary in the Family Care department of a local firm in 2010. During her time there she... Read full article

Local Family Lawyer Retains Specialist Resolution Accreditation

Local Family Lawyer Retains Specialist Resolution Accreditation

Local lawyer Emma Piff, who has worked for Coventry & Warwickshire law firm, Alsters Kelley Solicitors for 10 years has recently been successfully re-accredited by the organisation Resolution which is an organisation of family justice professionals who believe in a constructive, non-confrontational approach to family law matters.   Emma has been re-accredited in the specialisms of Complex Financial Remedies and Domestic Abuse. Emma, an Associate solicitor in the Family Department at the firm has worked exclusively in Family Law for more than 15 years.... Read full article

Court of Protection Fee Reduction

Court of Protection Fee Reduction

In the days when bills are rising some Court fees have been reduced! It has been announced that the fees for submitting an application to the Court of Protection have reduced their application fees from £400 to £385. The Court of Protection is a Court that enables decisions or actions to be taken where someone does not have capacity to make those decisions themselves regarding their property and financial affairs or their health and welfare.  These decisions are taken in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act.  When faced with the problem of... Read full article

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died leaving no Will

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin died leaving no Will

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin recently passed away leaving a large fortune which she accumulated over a decades long career but surprisingly died with no Will stating where this fortune should go. This responsibility is now left to her four sons and family members to gather information regarding her estate and deal with her affairs. A process which could have been much simpler if she had left a Will! Having died without leaving a Will means a person’s estate is governed by the intestacy rules. An administrator is appointed to manage the affairs of the... Read full article

26th November 2018 is an important date when it comes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

26th November 2018 is an important date when it comes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

In the 2015 Autumn Statement the Government brought in the higher rate of stamp duty for purchases of ‘additional residential properties’ which came into effect on 1st April 2016. In 2016 there were transitional provisions installed into the legislation which will now end on 26th November 2018. Buyers who have previously sold their main home (or disposed of any major interest) or last lived in their main home before 26th November 2015 who are now purchasing a replacement main home will need to complete their purchase of their new main residence before... Read full article

David Beckham avoids driving prosecution

David Beckham avoids driving prosecution

Former England football captain, David Beckham who was facing prosecution for a speeding offence has had the charge dismissed because of a technicality. He was accused of driving a loaned Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone in London earlier this year. However, his lawyer Nick Freeman, who is known as ‘Mr Loophole’ argued that the speeding notice arrived one day too late. The District Judge agreed that the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) arrived outside the statutory 14-day window and therefore concluded that the defendant, David Beckham could not be... Read full article

No fault divorce - urgent need for reform

No fault divorce - urgent need for reform

It has become increasingly apparent that divorce laws in England and Wales urgently need reform and this need for reform has been highlighted in the recent case of Owens and Owens which has been widely reported in the press. Under the current law to obtain a divorce couples are legally required to assign blame for the relationship breakdown unless they have lived apart for more than two years. The current law requires that blame be assigned either for unreasonable behaviour or by alleging that the other party has committed adultery. This requirement to assign blame... Read full article

The ever-increasing importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney...

The ever-increasing importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney...

Corrine Seabourne, Chartered Legal Executive at Alsters Kelley talks about the ever-increasing importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney. The Alzheimer’s Society have recently published staggering figures which states that around 850,000 people in the UK suffer with Dementia and this figure looks to increase to one million by 2025. With this increase in people being diagnosed with Dementia, I have been thinking about why a person would not want to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. I have had the privilege of working with the elderly for over 10... Read full article

Have you been charged with a motoring offence without your knowledge?

Have you been charged with a motoring offence without your knowledge?

Unfortunately, more frequently people are discovering that they have been charged and convicted of road traffic offences without their knowledge.  In some cases, people may have been driving whilst disqualified without even knowing, which is an imprisonable offence. The most common reason for this happening is the police or court writing to an incorrect or an old address to advise someone they have been penalised for speeding or another type of motoring offence, but the driver no longer resides at the address on record. Therefore, some drivers would have no idea... Read full article

Child contact and domestic abuse

Child contact and domestic abuse

The safety of children is paramount, particularly in cases where domestic abuse has been witnessed or perpetrated by one or both parents. So, when a parent wishes to see their child after separation, it is essential that our legal system protects them from direct physical, psychological and/or emotional harm. This is why we were delighted with changes last year which greatly enhance the safety and wellbeing of children in domestic abuse cases, when it comes to deciding arrangements for their future care. Practice Direction 12J Sir James Munby, Judge and President... Read full article

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