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  • Government Plans Probate Fees Increase

    Government has indicated plans to change probate fees which mean that some people will pay significantly more and some people will pay nothing at all.

  • UK Judges No Longer Required To Rule On Removing Life Support

    UK Judges will no longer be required to rule on removing of life support. At the present time Judges have to be consulted when doctors or relatives of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state agree that life support treatment should end.

  • What is Clare’s Law?

    Clare’s Law is a domestic abuse disclosure scheme designed to give members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquiries about people who they are in a relationship, or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, where a concern arises that that person may be abusive towards their partner.

  • Revenge Porn – What is it?

    Recent Court proceedings have focused attention on the subject of revenge porn wherein individuals acting in retaliation following the end of a relationship upload to social media intimate pictures or revenge pornography videos by means of retaliation, often linked to annoyance or distress at the end of a relationship.

  • Resolution First For Family Law

    Resolution are a family law group, previously known as the Family Law Group, consisting of an organisation of solicitors and Barrister working in the field of family law and campaigning for best practice

  • Pre-Proceedings Meeting

    When a Local Authority, or social services, has genuine concerns about the welfare of a child, they will send a letter to the parents and/or anyone with parental responsibility at the time inviting them to a ‘pre-proceedings meeting’.

  • Clarkson Hirst Solicitors Awarded Lexcel Full Re-Acrreditation

    We are pleased to announce the Law Society has confirmed our Firms Re-Accreditation to Lexcel for the period from 31st March 2018 to 30th March 2021.

  • Parental responsibility - Who has parental responsibility?

    Mothers automatically have parental responsibility for children at birth. A father usually gets parental responsibility if he is either married to the child’s mother and is the biological parent of the child, or is listed on the birth certificate after a certain date depending on when the child was born.

  • Legal Aid For Critical Moments

    The Law Society Gazette has recently reported that the Ministry of Justice insist that Legal Aid should be available for the most critical moments in an individual’s life following MP’s being inundated by constituents with concerns about the lack of available Legal Aid.

  • Ethical Personal Injury Solicitors

    Our personal injury solicitor Matthew Winder is a senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers a position he has held for over 10 years.

  • Lasting Power of Attorneys

    A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to decide what can happen and who can make decisions for you if you become physically too frail or mentally unable to manage making decisions about your own affairs, whether related to finances or welfare.

  • Fathers’ Rights

    When you’ve split up with your ex-partner it’s important to know what your rights and responsibilities are as a father. It can often be the case when couples separate fathers are left in the dark in regards to the rights of the child / children.

  • Legal Aid Evidence Requirements Relaxed for Domestic Violence Victims

    Our Family Law team at Clarkson Hirst has experience in assisting the most vulnerable of clients, and we can advise you as to whether legal aid is available to your specific case.

  • Support for victims of domestic violence and taking abusive partners to Court

    From the 8th January 2018 changes to the previous legislation/law have come into effect with regarding private law family disputes. Previously, there was a time limit on the evidence of abuse, requiring evidence to be provided from only the last five year period.

  • Mounting fears over Family Court representation

    Recently published Government figures highlight the increasing number of private law family cases involving litigants in person which has in turn prompted calls for the Government to heed further warnings given about the state of the family justice system.

  • Common Law Marriage - Do you actually have any legal rights?

    Many couples who live together that are not married wrongly believe they have what is commonly known as a “Common Law Marriage”. However, the reality is that most co-habiting couples have very limited entitlements even if they have lived together with a partner for decades when it comes to separation.

  • Conveyancing Quality Scheme Reaccreditation

    Clarkson Hirst Solicitors have successfully renewed their reaccreditation with the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

  • Client Feedback - The Fourth Emergency Service

    Recent feedback from one of out clients. Maureen Fawcett is a criminal defence solicitor based at our Barrow in Furness office.

  • Law Society lexcel accreditation

    Clarkson Hirst have held the prestigious Law Society lexcel accreditation for many years now. We have successfully undertaken a compliance assessment. The assessor had the following comments to make concerning the firm’s quality procedures.

  • Contact Centre Closure following Legal Aid cuts

    Contact Centres often provide a safe environment for separated parents to spend time with their children and since the cuts brought about by LAPSO in 2012 a number of contact centres have been forced to close.

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