5 Business Laws Your Company Needs To Keep on Top ...

The Law

The Law

 

As slow as the legislative process may be, British businesses are faced with a constantly shifting legal framework to which they must adhere. Factor in additional legislation created by the European Parliament, and keeping up with your business’s responsibilities becomes an almost full-time responsibility in itself.

Here are our top 5 legal areas that your SME needs to stay on top of.

1. Taxation

As the Treasury seeks to balance the need for kick-starting the economy with the need to increase revenue, taxation is, as always, constantly evolving.

Corporation Tax rates, for example, are set to continue falling, from the relatively new rate of 24% this year to 21% in April 2014 for businesses posting profits in excess of £300,000 per year. Unfortunately for smaller businesses operating below that threshold, there will be no corresponding reduction, as the rate remains at 20% regardless.

However, for SMEs that are operating on the edge of that £300,000 ceiling over the coming year, close attention will need to be paid to their tax returns to ensure they pay the correct sum to the Inland Revenue. To minimise the risk of error, selecting an accounts system that integrates up-to-date statutory compliance will keep the tax man away and your company directors out of court.

The Government operates a number of local events designed to keep your company up to speed with changes to the taxes affecting your business. You should regularly check the Business Events Finder database for seminars and sessions you can attend, as these provide useful and often free information.

2. Employment

Another key to the Government’s economic recovery plan is to increase the number of people in paid employment, reducing welfare bills and increasing tax receipts. The latest budget therefore includes incentives designed to encourage businesses to hire more staff.

From April 2014, your business will be able to apply for an “employment allowance” of £2000 per staff member, credited against your employer National Insurance Contributions (NICs). For businesses operating a payroll system that includes statutory updates automatically, the administrative burden of this change should be reduced.

Several planned changes have also been announced governing changes to employment disputes, tribunal processes, redundancies, and statutory maternity/paternity leave. Because some of these plans do not yet have definitive start dates (“Summer 2013”), businesses will need to be prepared in advance for the changes. Using an HR software system that automatically updates itself, such as that provided by Cezanne OnDemand, means your business will be able to record the relevant information and find it easier to comply.

Although the Government is seeking to return more power over the employer-employee relationship to businesses, there are still severe penalties for breaching employment law. Fines and damages have the potential to fatally wound a smaller business should they lose a claim from an employee.

You should also sign up for the HMRC Employer Bulletin, which contains details of the latest changes to employment tax changes and the like.

3. Copyright, Trademarks and Intellectual Property

Fortunately, the laws surrounding copyright and intellectual property do not change particularly frequently. But your business needs to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of copyright law to ensure that not only is your own property protected, but that you do not inadvertently infringe the rights of others.

As industry struggles with the new challenges brought about by the Internet, legislation will continue to adjust. The 2010 Digital Economy Act has begun the process of extending traditional copyright laws onto the Internet. It is therefore entirely likely that the situation will continue to change as technology evolves, requiring your business to keep a close eye on compliance.

Before developing a new product, for instance, every business would be well advised to verify it does not breach any existing patents or copyrights. You can use the patent search tool on the Gov.UK website to avoid potentially costly litigation from competitors, for example. There is a wealth of other useful and up-to-date information available on the Gov.UK website that should help you stay legal.

4. Contracts

Many small businesses operate a number of business relationships solely on the basis of verbal agreements. Although these agreements do hold a legal standing, proving who said what in the event of a dispute can be a difficult (and costly) task.

To avoid costly legal disputes, businesses will probably be better off paying to have a proper contract drawn up a lawyer up front. If cost remains an issue, free template agreements for most business issues can be used to quickly and easily record the legal status of a partnership without involving a lawyer directly.

You should not be embarrassed about using contracts as a standard part of your business. Each of your suppliers and customers is likely subject to similar agreements, as they are now standard even for the smallest businesses.

5. Health & Safety

Most Health & Safety legislation revolves around common sense; teaching your staff to apply common sense in their day-to-day work, and for your management to provide the equipment and training they need to stay safe. In the drive to reduce red tape, the Government has announced an end to all “unnecessary” legislation this year, which does mean that certain rules and regulations will change again.

Regardless of these changes, your business is still responsible for the provision of training to ensure staff are capable of doing their jobs safely. Your HR software system will again prove invaluable, allowing you to record details of courses attended for each member of staff and an evidence trail in the event of an HSA investigation or compensation claim. You can also quickly see which staff need to renew qualifications or certifications as part of their roles.

The law continues to evolve, placing new burdens on SMEs. Even if the Government does succeed in its drive to reduce the laws restricting business, your company will need to stay on top of a number of issues such as these in the meantime.

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Probate – what you need to know

probate

probate

Probate is the name given to process that must be followed to collect the assets of a person who has died. Probate is most commonly required to release funds of over £15,000 held within an individual’s bank account, to sell a property, to sell or transfer shares, and to release funds from a death benefit policy. While the process of obtaining probate is usually very straightforward, difficulties can arise. Here are some of the most commonly encountered probate issues:

1. There is no will
If an individual dies without leaving a will, their estate will have to be distributed according to the rules of intestacy. An individual who dies without leaving a will is therefore referred to as an intestate person, and the rules of intestacy will determine the way in which an estate is to be shared amongst relatives.

2. There are no surviving relatives
If, under the intestacy rules, there are no surviving relatives, the estate will be passed to the Crown and the Treasury Solicitor will take charge of the estate. The Crown is able to issue grants from the estate, but does not have to agree to any grant applications made. An individual who is not a surviving relative but believes that they may be entitled to a grant will therefore need to seek legal advice before making a grant application.

 

3. The will has been contested
There are many ways in which an aggrieved beneficiary or a third party can contest a will. If a DIY will has been left, the document must have been made by or for an adult over the age of 18 years and the contents of the will must have been created in the absence of undue influence. The individual who wrote the will must not have been mentally incapacitated and must have been fully aware of the importance of creating such a document. The will must have been signed in the presence of two witnesses, who must also have signed the will. Beneficiaries should not have signed the will as witnesses – if they have done so, they will not be eligible to benefit from the estate. If any of these conditions have not been met, a will can be contested. Anyone who believes that the will should not be contested must seek legal advice, as they will have to prove the validity of the will.

 

4. The original will has been lost or destroyed
If a will has been lost or accidentally destroyed, it will be assumed that the deceased individual deliberately destroyed the will. However, this assumption can be contested by potential beneficiaries who have a copy of the original will and are able to prove in the High Court that the original really was lost or accidentally destroyed.

 

5: A beneficiary wants to rearrange estate distribution
When an individual dies without leaving a will, it is possible for the distribution of their estate to be rearranged. These changes are referred to as a deed of family arrangement. If all the beneficiaries agree to the proposed rearrangement of estate distribution, the estate will be distributed in a different way so that anyone who would not normally inherit under the intestacy rules will still able to benefit from the estate. Alternatively, the beneficiaries may agree that the amount an individual receives needs to differ from the amount that would usually be received under the intestacy rules. If a beneficiary wishes to change the way in which an estate is distributed, they will need to seek legal advice.

Conclusion
The aforementioned probate issues can lengthen the amount of time it takes to distribute an individual’s estate. A probate law solicitor should be the first port of call for anyone experiencing probate issues. You could also contact a service such as the Instant Law Line, which provides instant personal telephone legal advice for those requiring expert guidance on probate issues.

 

 

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Should You Have A Cohabitation Agreement?

A cohabitation agreement is a contract drawn up in order to protect the rights and interests of two or more parties who are purchasing a home together. It is designed to protect both sides of the partnership should the cohabitation break down, and sets out clear guidelines regarding what each partner is responsible for. It serves as an opportunity for two people who intend to live together (whether or not they are in a relationship) to set out their property rights in terms of ownership and decide on what arrangements would be made in terms of financial support, financial obligations, and any childcare issues.

Cohabitation

Cohabitation

We want to buy a house together – what’s next?
Firstly, your solicitor should speak to you about whether you wish to buy the property as a joint tenancy or as tenants in common. Most married couples purchase under a joint tenancy – this means that between you, you own the entire property. Should one of you die, the other automatically inherits their share.

 

If you instead decide to opt for tenants in common, you must then set out what portion of the property each of you owns. This can be an even split, or it can reflect greater financial investment by one party that the other. Each portion of the property is classed as entirely separate. This means if one tenant should die, their portion goes to whoever is dictated in their will rather than the other tenant in common. This works particularly well for people who are not romantically linked, or couples who want to safeguard their own interests. This is more common in cases where one partner contributes significantly more to the purchase of the property in a financial sense. This is the simplest form of cohabitation agreement.

What is covered under a full cohabitation agreement?
That’s up to you – whatever issues you feel need to be can be included. This can be as simple for who cares for the children, or who pays the legal fees should your situation disintegrate. It can also cover more minor issues, such as who owns what furniture and which party is responsible for living costs etc. It can also set out guidelines for how the situation should be handled if one party wants to sell and the other does not.

I’m not sure – what should I do?
If you can’t decide whether a cohabitation agreement suits you, then you need to get more information and discuss your personal situation. There are a variety of different organisations you can contact for more information:

 

  • The CAB offers free advice across a wide range of issues and also provides online guides.
  • DAS Instant Law Line offers legal advice based on your personal situation.
  • Similar to CAB, Advice Now provides advice on a wide range of issues.

It’s important not to let trust issues arise from the fact that one party suggests a cohabitation agreement. It’s simply set out in order to protect both sides, and provide a base point for what the two (or more) of you have agreed upon in terms of the preferred course of action in a variety of situations. A cohabitation agreement can prove very useful and in many ways can work better than a prenuptial agreement for married couples, as it’s less likely to be bogged down in emotion and thus more likely to be taken into account. It’s important for each party to have their own solicitor draw an agreement up and for all parties to sign it. Otherwise there can be claims of “undue duress”, which are tricky and could nullify your contract.

 

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Laws You Need To Know To Run a Hotel

When you decide to open and run a hotel, you take on responsibility for the safety of your guests and your staff. It can be complicated and time-consuming. From protecting your guests from fire and food poisoning to the simplest of employment laws related to taking on staff.

These are just a few of the laws and regulations you’ll need to stay the right side of.

 

hotel

hotel

Trade descriptions
The Trade Descriptions Act states that your description of the service and facilities you offer has to match up to the reality. Additionally, prices for rooms need to be posted in reception; you can charge less than the advertised tariff, but you can’t charge more. Once you’ve agreed a price with a customer you must stick to it.

Food and drink prices, and the measures, need to be clearly displayed in the places where you serve them. Up-to-date menus on tables and in rooms will see to this.

Fire

Fire regulations mean you have to do a fire assessment and keep a record of it. You have to minimise the risk of fire starting, and provide ways of stopping one or slowing one it down if it does break out.

That will mean fire extinguishers, fire doors and alarms. Fire exits need to be worked out too, and have to be clearly signed. It also means checking that furniture and furnishings are up to the latest fire regulations.

Food safety
Food safety is an area full of regulation, and local authorities are making the results of their inspections more public. There are rules about storage, preparation and sale of food; and staff will need to be adequately trained in them all.

 

Records need to be kept of where your food supplies have come from, and they need to be stored for up to five years. If you serve any genetically modified foods, or anything containing GM ingredients, staff need to know all about them and be able to brief customers. Menus must make it clear the information is available on request.

Data protection
You will be storing personal information about guests, so you will need to comply with the Data Protection Act and register.

VAT
If you haven’t already registered for VAT, you will have to when your turnover exceeds £77,000. When you are VAT-registered, you will also have to charge VAT on your bills where it’s appropriate, and complete quarterly returns.

Testing
All your gas appliances need to be tested and certified safe by a gas engineer once a year. That includes boilers, cookers and fires. Electrical appliances which could cause injury need to be checked too. What that actually means isn’t written down in law, but many companies have checks done by an electrician once a year.

Licensing
If you want to serve alcohol you will need to licence the premises with the local authority and abide by the restrictions they impose. To pipe music in reception or elsewhere you will need to apply for licences from the Performing Rights Society (PRS) and PPL, or find a source of royalty-free music.

A TV licence is essential (unless you’re depriving your guests of in-room entertainment). You might also want to consider licensing the premises to conduct wedding services, a good income stream.

General health and safety
Any business needs to display a copy of the HSE safety poster, or provide every employee with a pocket copy.

Staff will need to be made aware of hazards from any chemicals they use, such as cleaning products. They will also need to be provided with anything they need to treat injury in case of emergency, and shown what to do if there is an accident.

It’s your responsibility to make sure that the risk from chemicals is minimised and that they are safely stored. Some staff will also need training in safe manual handling, or lifting, particularly those taking in deliveries, or carrying guests’ bags.

First Aid
As an employer you must provide first aid facilities for your employees. At the very least, this is a first aid kit which is properly stocked and secured.

If you have more than ten employees you will also need an accident book to record injuries or illnesses caused by work. You should consider having at least one person trained in first aid. Serious injuries which keep people off work for seven days or more need to be reported.

Insurance
You must have Employer’s Liability insurance and display the certificate so staff can see it. When it expires is needs to be archived. Also, whilst it’s not compulsory to have public liability insurance, you’d be pretty crazy to go into business without it.

Company law
Your hotel is a business like any other, and needs to keep the right side of all the usual regulations that come with running a company. If you’re a limited company, you’re going to have to comply with regulations on what details you need to show on your headed paper. You’ll also have to send accounts to Companies House each year.

Sleep well
The art is keeping the right side of all the rules and still having the time you need for all the things which make a hotel welcoming and comfortable. Do that, and your guests won’t be the only ones sleeping tight.

 

Image credit – reception area by blmurch on Flickr.

Making a whiplash claim

The main dilemma with whiplash is that it gets inferior with the passage of time after an accident has occurred, but the good thing is you are still eligible to make a whiplash claim. If you have a genuine claim, then you will not have to worry at all, and you must not experience any problem in winning whiplash compensation. However, make sure to seek professional advice before you start with your claim. It is also necessary to discuss all the details with a professional claims consultant.

A dedicated advisor specializing in the whiplash claim process will start the process by determining whether you have a case, and if you do, they’ll guide you on how to get started with the claim application. It is good if you do not keep back any fact about your accident and try to be very accurate while revealing information. Your claims advisor will be readily available at every step of the process to aid.

Seeking the expertise and experience of professional claims companies a whiplash injury claim can be processed within weeks. There are several companies who specialize in nothing but whiplash claims, and they boast a team of committed experts to win reimbursement for their clients.

If you have met with an accident recently and are suffering whiplash injuries then you should certainly get the claims, the longer you ignore to process your whiplash claim, the lesser will be that chance to get any reimbursement that you could be worth. Every year millions are of paid out to whiplash injury claim plaintiffs and you could also receive a few of these payouts.

It has always been difficult to process a whiplash claim easily and receive a cheque through your door at once. Whiplash can be a hurting and unbearable condition. It needs to be processed immediately by getting in touch with a professional claims team.

What is Probate?

The term probate refers to dealing with a deceased individual’s affairs. Probate, which is also known as administering the estate, provides one or more living individuals with the right to take control over an estate and distribute it to the beneficiaries. When an individual dies, it is necessary for at least one living individual to apply for a grant of probate. The individuals who have a legal right to seek a grant of probate are known as personal representatives (PRs). These individuals can either be the named executors in the deceased individual’s will, or can be the next of kin in the event of there being no will.

There are two different types of grant of probate and the type received depends on the circumstances and the individual who is to administer the estate. The grant of probate is the grant of representation provided when a will has been written. In situations where a will has not been written, letters of administration are provided. Both the grant of probate and the letters of administration are legal documents that confirm the personal representatives’ authority to administer the deceased individual’s estate. Regardless of the type of grant of representation provided, the individuals named within it hold a legal responsibility to administer the estate. They are required to deal with all of the assets comprising an individual’s estate, including property, money and possessions such as jewellery.

UK Probate law states that the main duties of the personal representatives are to: determine all of the assets within an estate; file inheritance tax returns; complete any final capital gains tax and personal income returns for the deceased; administer the estate; and pay off any debts or charges made against the estate. Finally, they must distribute the estate in accordance with the will or the rules of intestacy in the event of there being no will. An estate must be administered with due care and attention as, in the event that the personal representatives fail to administer the estate correctly and pay off any debts, they will remain reliable.

Probate is required when a property was possessed in the name of the deceased, the deceased possessed assets of £5,000 or greater with financial institutions, the financial institutions possessing assets in the name of the deceased need a grant of probate to release the funds, and when the deceased had any associations with a trust.

A grant of probate may not be required if the deceased individual left less than £5,000 and/or their possessions were jointly owned by someone else. In the event that a deceased individual’s possessions were jointed owned by someone else, these possessions would be automatically passed on to the surviving joint owner. To determine whether the assets of a deceased individual are able be acquired in the absence of a grant of probate, the personal representatives must contact each institution to inform them of the death and provide them with a copy of the death certificate and will.

Depending on the complexities of a situation, the process of dealing with a deceased individual’s affairs may take between six and nine months.

What Are the Different Types of Solicitor and Why ...

Most of us will, at some point in our lives, call upon the assistance of a solicitor with the intention of requiring legal advice or taking some form of legal action. The following types of solicitor are expertly trained to work within specialised areas of the law profession.

Employment Law
This area of the law is constantly evolving, with new policies, provisions and amendments being applied regularly. A solicitor working in this field stays up to date with such developments, and has an in depth understanding of employment in general. Covering employers and employees alike, employment solicitors offer both parties advice regarding their respective duties and rights, particularly in times of dispute or contract negotiations.

Divorce
When a marriage falls apart, it often leads to conflict. Divorce solicitors specialise in settling such disputes by offering advice on what actions to take in order to lead the separating parties to a position of compromise. Much of their work tends to concern the issues of child custody and the possession of financial assets and estate. Such important decisions shouldn’t be made without expert legal consultation.

Immigration
These solicitors have an in depth knowledge of the laws and processes regarding immigration and asylum in the UK. Their assistance should be sought in the instance that an immigrant needs to apply for citizenship or visa, as they will negotiate the process swiftly and expertly. UK citizens looking to move or work abroad may also seek advice from such a solicitor.

Wills and Probates
In this particularly sensitive area of the law, a specialised solicitor assists an individual or family in the process of producing a will and testament. Without this documentation, the deceased party’s estate and/or assets can be up in the air, often leading to conflict. Issues surrounding child custody may also arise, which can be dealt with well ahead of time by a trusted solicitor.

Conveyance
Capable of dealing with all transactions for residential and commercial properties alike, these solicitors offer assistance in buying and selling houses, mortgage concerns and deeds transfers among other aspects of conveyance. In any circumstance wherein the possession of property changes hands, a conveyancing solicitor should be consulted in order to effectively deal with the legalities of the situation.

Personal Injury
This area of law is much-publicised through advertising and marketing. Solicitors who specialise in personal injury claims guide clients through the process of gaining compensation for an accident that has affected their ability to work. Should a person suffer such a setback, or contract an illness due to poor working conditions, they should seek the assistance of a personal injury solicitor in order to launch proceedings.

Commercial
These solicitors carry out tasks similar to those of many other types of solicitors, but in a corporate or commercial environment. For example, they may provide advice on the purchase of commercial properties, such as restaurants and hotels, as well as consulting on matters within the boardroom. Most corporate businesses employ a commercial solicitor to help resolve disputes involving board members, shareholders and so on, in addition to assisting in the legal side of takeovers, partnerships, joint ventures and mergers.

Although some solicitors may offer assistance in several areas of the law, or even across the whole spectrum, it is beneficial to consult a specialist when dealing with legally complex situations, such as property transactions and divorce. These experts know all there is to know about such processes, and can often guide clients through them without any complications. If you need to find a solicitor you should be able to find one either by searching online or from the selection of high street firms available.

Personal Injury Claims

We see the headlines in the papers almost every day, people injured in car accidents, industrial accidents or hazards on the street or in a shop. The medical care necessary to help patients recover from these injuries can be extensive and expensive and personal savings or medical cover may not compensate the injured person for all the costs incurred, especially if a chronic condition results from the injury. In these cases a personal injury claim may be the vehicle required to reclaim the losses involved.

 

Personal injury claims can be complicated, as they often involve multiple parties. Engaging the services of a solicitor is often the only sure way to successfully navigate the personal injury claims process, but do ensure you choose someone who is a member of the Law Society. There are online and toll-free telephone services that can refer you to a solicitor in your area and many of them offer a free consultation to establish the facts of the claim.

 

You can make the claims process smoother for yourself and your solicitor by providing clear details of the incident, including the date and location and the names and contact information of any witnesses. Your solicitor will also require comprehensive information regarding any injuries you and other parties have sustained, including the medical diagnosis and treatment, if any. Your standing in a trade union may entitle you to free or reduced legal services and your solicitor will want to know if this applies in your case. Information will have to be provided on your earnings, including lost time and wages; any insurance policies and any prior claims, whether you think they are related to your current claim or not.

 

Personal injury claims can be handled on a fee-for-service scheme, whereby you pay for the services of the solicitor as the claim proceeds. They can also be paid on a no-win-no-fee scheme, which means the solicitor only receives payment if the claim is successful. Not every solicitor operates on a no-win-no-fee basis, so be sure to ask about this up front if you wish to take advantage of this scheme.

 

Interview at least three solicitors before choosing the one for you. The claims process can be a long and arduous one and you want someone with whom you can maintain a good working relationship. Start with a referral from a no-fee personal injury service; remember referrals from the garage where your vehicle was repaired or from your insurance company are often compensated and may not be strictly in your best interest. You may choose to start instead with a referral from the Law Society or other non-profit agency, which will not have a monetary incentive to steer you in a particular direction.

 

Ask questions when you interview the solicitors, such as how long they have been practising, what percentage of their work involves personal injury claims and what their success ratio is. Also ask about methods of communication and the solicitor’s privacy policy; does he or she sell client lists to a third party, such as an individual, group, agency or organisation. Only when you are fully satisfied should you select the solicitor with whom you will work.

Solicitors From Hell taken down

If you have been looking for a solicitor within the UK then there is a good chance you have came across, seen or heard about the website called ‘Solicitors from Hell’.

The site was a ‘name and shame’ site for solicitors that are not very good so it does have some similarity to our site.  There are some big differences though between our site and theirs.

We list all comments both good and bad and we also do not charge any money if a Solicitors wanted to remove a comment or even the business listing on our site.

Solicitors From Hell was never going to be here for the long run, the biggest problem Solicitors from Hell and Solicit A Lawyer have is the fact of proving (or disproving) the comments which are placed on the site.  If a negative review was posted on either sites and backed up with evidence i.e e-mails / copies of letters then the comments can be proven to be real.

However many of the comments are made by people not providing evidence, using real names / address or just simply not wanting their real information online for everyone to see which they causes the problem of being able to prove the comments is not actually false.

For sites like ours to carry on and to offer real independent reviews of solicitors in the UK we will need people to be more honest with reviews, rather than just posting how bad they have been treated or how bad the service was they will need to start posting evidence as well which will further backup the claim made.

Why you Need a Divorce Solicitor

Divorce is a messy business. Everyone thinks that theirs is the marriage that will last forever; they’ll stay happy for good, and love each other until the end of their days. While it’s not at all impossible for this to be achieved, it’s rare, and a lot of the time, in fact most of the time, it ends in divorce. Like I said, a messy business.
However, it marriage can end in a lot less messy way, by the simple hiring of divorce solicitors. Now you might be wondering why a divorce lawyer could be so helpful, and this is what this article is going to explain. We’ll go through all the benefits that a divorce lawyer could bring to your life while you’re going through that tough spot in life.

Let’s begin.

Benefit number one: The comfort and ease a divorce lawyer brings to the table

What this means is, when you’re divorcing from your partner, there might be anger, resentment or a number of other negative emotions between you. Having a divorce lawyer there to help discuss splitting of assets and properties, and to smooth things over so that the divorce can be done and dusted as quickly as possible, is a very helpful point, and one that could make the difference between you having a relatively happy divorce, or one that simply makes you want to pull your darn hair out.

Benefit number two: The simplicity of using a divorce lawyer

Put simply, you’ll get what you want from a divorce easier using a divorce lawyer than you would without one, on the whole. I doubt anyone secretly wishes for a bloody conflict between them and their ex, but using a divorce lawyer can avoid that, and ensure you get what you’re after from the divorce. However, keep in mind a lawyer can only do so much; they can’t work miracles, as we wish they would, so ensure what you’re asking for from the divorce is fair on both sides.

Benefit number three: Fairness/Equality

Sometimes, people try to settle a divorce themselves. A lot of the time, this usually works out pretty well, especially if they leave each other on good terms. However, more often than not, it ends badly; this is where a divorce lawyer comes in. They ensure that you’re not left in the dust, with nothing but sand in your hands. What this means is, they make sure you get what you deserve. Many a time have I heard of couples getting divorced only for one side ending up with a lot less or even left with nothing after it. A good divorce lawyer will always make sure that you end up with what you’re owed out of the divorce; otherwise, they’re not a very good divorce lawyer!

Benefit number four: Sharing the burden

While a divorce lawyer isn’t likely to be your best friend, it does help to have someone there to help shoulder the burden. Losing the one you love in a messy way can be very taxing on you, and can send your stress levels through the roof. Having someone there when facing your ex, and discussing further arrangements can be a real load off of your mind.

Also, having someone there to sort through the paperwork involved in a divorce is incredibly helpful. After all when you consider that you’re splitting your house, the care of your children, etc, there can be a lot of law and paperwork involved. Having a divorce lawyer there, to take care of and read through the paperwork fully, and make sure that nothing is amiss, is a great helping hand.

Benefit number five: Court appearances made easier

If it comes to court, it can get heated and messy very quickly. A judge or court values having a lawyer there a lot, since they can convey the message from your side quickly, easily and efficiently. After all, that’s what they’ve been training for! It really helps to have someone there who knows what they’re doing, and if they have any experience in a court, or with the judge in session, then they might even know how to swing the case in your favour, perhaps getting you more alimony, child custody etc.

 

Some things to bear in mind when divorcing

 

Your children

At the end of the day, your children are the main victims of your divorce. Their well being and safety should be the top priority when settling a divorce. An extended legal battle between you and your partner isn’t going to do them any favours. Try and keep the divorce short and sweet, making sure that your children are at the top of the list and at the front of your mind when divorcing. Your children’s happiness should be your primary concern; don’t make them suffer because of a fight between you and your ex partner.

Your money

Put simply, the less fighting you do the less money it will cost. Hiring a divorce solicitor costs money, money that you may not actually have. Going to court also costs money. Keeping the divorce proceedings amiable, and keeping it simple may be the best way to go. If you and your partner left on good terms, then it’s much easier for you two to both sit down and work out agreements in regards to splitting up, splitting properties etc, and splitting the amount of time each parent sees their children, if you have any.
Keeping the whole process nice and easy means that neither of you end up having to pay a great deal of money when it comes to it, meaning more relief and less stress for the both of you!

That should be all you need to know about how a divorce lawyer could help you settle things between you and your ex comfortably; now all you have to do, should you need one, is go out there and find a good divorce lawyer!