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Child Contact Problems?

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Issues regarding child contact can be difficult and emotional and if not dealt with quickly, can escalate and cause stress to both parents and impact upon the children.

Pearcelegal is offering a free initial consultation to discuss the issues you are having and can provide advice as to how to resolve these often difficult situations.

Call us on 0121 270 2700 to discuss your matter with one of our Solicitors and we can help you understand your rights and how we can assist in resolving the issues.

If you are separating or divorcing, then taking early advice is a must- click here for details on our free initial consultation for divorce and separation.

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Pearcelegal Offer Extra Dates For Free Divorce And Separation Clinic

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Due to high demand for appointments we have decided to extend our free divorce and separation surgery and will be holding appointments on two extra dates.

Appointments are available now for Friday 24th January 2020 from 9.00 am until 5.15 pm and on Saturday 25th January 2020 from 9.00 am until 1.00 pm.

Call us now on 0121 270 2700 to book your appointment or complete the contact form below and one of our team will be in touch with you.

 

 

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Rachel Ison Will Offer

New Year Resolution #01: Make a Will

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Rachel Ison, a Solicitor in Pearcelegal’s Private Client department explains why making a Will should be one of your New Year’s Resolutions.

We all like to make New Year Resolutions whether they be saving money, getting fit or losing some Christmas weight although, let’s face it, most of these promises don’t last longer than a few weeks!

One promise you can keep that is inexpensive and will last a lot longer than a fad diet is to make a Will. Everyone should have one but it’s just something we never get around to doing, so make it one of your resolutions for 2020.

Why do I need to make a Will?

Staggeringly, a 2018 Which survey showed that 54% of UK adults still don’t have a Will. Making a Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are followed regarding funeral plans, what happens to your money and property and who has guardianship of your children if they are under 18 when you die. You can choose who you would like to inherit your money and assets and make specific bequests and donations to family members or charities.

What happens to my money if I don’t make a Will?

If you die without making a Will you are deemed to have died intestate. Your money and property would be divided up under the Rules of Intestacy whereby family members who would benefit are put in a strict order. This means that your estate could be distributed in a way that you would not have chosen.  There may also be tax implications that could have been avoided through a considered and properly drafted Will.

To arrange an initial appointment with Rachel, please contact her on 0121 347 6214 or email her at rachelison@pearcelegal.co.uk.

If you book an appointment during January 2020 you will be able to take advantage of our discounted rates – see our offer here.

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Breaking up at Christmas

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As Andy Williams will be singing repeatedly over this festive period- It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Unfortunately this will not be the case for many people.  The pressure to deliver the ‘perfect’ Christmas is difficult enough at the best of times.  If you have been struggling in your relationship, it can be even harder to ‘paper over the cracks’ particularly if the efforts put into Christmas go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Maybe the decision to break up has already been made, but you have decided not to take any action until after Christmas.

Whatever the situation, knowing what your rights would be on separation or divorce is a vital first step in the process.  There is so much conflicting information regarding divorce and separation on the internet and much of it is based on specific circumstances and may not be relevant to your situation.  Much of the information is also ‘myth’ or just plain wrong.

Here at Pearcelegal, we offer a free initial meeting with one of our Solicitors to discuss your particular situation and can provide more focussed and relevant advice so that you can properly consider your rights and decide with confidence how and when to start the process.  

To book your free initial appointment, please call us on 0121 270 2700 or complete our online contact form by clicking Free Divorce Consultation  

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Christmas Hamper Prize

Pearcelegal Offers you the chance to win a John Lewis Christmas Hamper!

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Christmas is nearly here and at Pearcelegal we’ve decided to give away a luxury John Lewis ‘Spirit of Christmas’ hamper (worth £100) to one lucky Facebook user!

To enter this prize draw all you have to do is simply like this post, it’s that easy!

The closing date for entries is 5pm GMT Monday 16th December 2019 and the winner will be announced on Facebook, so make sure that you are following our page for updates. 

You could also share this post among your Facebook friends so that they are in with a chance of winning too.  For more information on the services we offer, visit our website.

For full T&Cs please see below.

T&Cs

  • The prize on offer is a John Lewis ‘Spirit of Christmas’ hamper worth £100
  • Enter by liking our prize draw Facebook post
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this prize draw
  • The closing date for this prize draw is 5pm GMT on Monday 16th December 2019.
  • This competition is open to residents of the UK who are over 18 or over (prize includes alcohol) except for employees of Pearcelegal Ltd.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Facebook by Noon GMT on Tuesday 17th December 2019. The winner will also be contacted by direct message so that collection can be arranged.
  • The prize must be collected from Pearcelegal’s offices. Postage or delivery options are not available.
  • The promoter of this competition is Pearcelegal Ltd. By entering this competition you understand that you are providing your information to Pearcelegal Ltd and not Facebook and you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

 

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Solicitors in Solihull

Free Separation and Divorce Consultation

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If you are looking to take the difficult decision to separate from your partner or divorce your spouse, you should take legal advice at the earliest possible stage so that you are prepared for what lies ahead.

Whilst there is a huge range of information available on the internet, it is important that you take tailored advice, particularly when dealing with division of finances, where each case will have a different outcome.

We offer a free initial consultation to take you through the issues that may arise, explain the divorce or separation process, offer advice on any issues that may involve the children, and look at the finances and how they are likely to be divided, given the differing needs of the parties and the children.

If you would like to book an initial consultation at our offices in the centre of Solihull, please call us now on 0121 270 2700 or click here to complete our contact form.

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Child Contact – Resolution Without the Court Battle

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It is always an emotional time when parents cannot agree contact arrangements regarding the children.  This has the potential to harm the children who may be exposed to their parents’ arguments, as well as not knowing from one week to the next which parent they are going to stay with.

These disagreements often come at a stressful time when the parties are separating or divorcing and emotions are running ‘high’ on both sides.  

We try to work with our clients to focus on what is in the best interests of the children and exploring the options for a balanced contact arrangement that works for both parties.

The parties do not need to go running to the Courts for a resolution.  Often this can lead to further strains on an already tense situation.  We can arrange mediation sessions for the parties to attend and seek resolution with the help of a trained family mediator.  This is a far quicker and cheaper option for all involved.

We will also seek to address any concerns with the other party and explore options for reaching an agreement in correspondence, or by way of the parties attending a meeting at our offices.  

Importantly, parties can now record any agreement reached into a Consent Order which the Court will consider and seal, making it binding on both parties.  This gives protection as to the agreed arrangements for both parties without having incurred significant legal fees in battling through contested hearings at Court which can often leave both parties with legal fees of around £10,000 or more.

If you would like to discuss any child contact issues you are experiencing, then please contact us on 0121 270 2700 and speak to one of our Family Solicitors.  Alternatively, please fill in the contact form below and we will get back to you shortly.

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Should you buy the Freehold of your home?

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If you own your home on a leasehold basis, it could revert to the freeholder in the future with you losing out financially.  A lease means you only own the property for a certain number of years. As the lease gets shorter there are consequences. If you have not already bought the freehold of your property, there are some good reasons why you should.

  1. The shorter the number of years left on your Lease the more difficult it can be to sell.

 

  1. The same applies if you want to remortgage to get a better rate of interest or to raise money to improve the property or to seek an equity release. Lenders usually require at least 75 years remaining on the lease.

 

  1. As the Lease of your property gets shorter, the cost of buying the freehold will increase.

 

  1. Many people leave the purchase of a freehold until they are actually selling their property. This is unwise as it can take time to negotiate the best price especially if your freeholder knows you are trying to sell!

 

  1. If you buy your freehold you no longer have to pay annual ground rent.

 

  1. If you wish to build an extension or make a structural change to the property you no longer need a freeholder’s consent. [You do still need to comply with planning requirements and building regulations].

 

  1. If you want to pass your property on to your children they have certain limited rights to acquire the freehold whereas if you have owned your property for 2 years or more you have a legal right to buy at a fair price.

 

As you can see from the above there are lots of good reasons for buying your freehold and there is no good reason not to buy it. 

 

How much will it cost?

 

One of the key questions is what is the correct value of your freehold? Your freeholder will offer to sell at a price; you will probably not know whether that is a fair price. We work with Tony Brunt, a local surveyor who specialises in freehold negotiations. He will negotiate on your behalf to ensure you pay a fair price.

 

We are happy to have an initial discussion without charge. We can then tell you the procedure and costs.

 

Please call Alison Bates or Tony Lynch at this office on 0121 270 2700 fill in the contact form below and they will be in touch to discuss with you.

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Conveyancing you can depend on!

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Click here for a fast, no-obligation Conveyancing Quote on your house purchase and/or sale. 

Have you ever wondered what compromises may be made if you get the legal side of buying or selling your house or flat done by the cheapest quote, often a call centre based national service? It means a less personal service, little chance to talk to the same person each time and your questions often handled in a generalised way. This is no way to be conducting what is likely to be one of the most expensive transactions you’ll make in your lifetime.

Pearcelegal has a strong track record in conveyancing, providing a professional and friendly team, a clear point of contact and the chance to talk face-to-face about matters that may concern you. Call our team for a competitive quote on 0121 270 2700, safe in the knowledge that you will get the best service at a sensible price.

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Settlement Agreement Advice

Settlement Agreement Advice

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Pearcelegal provides independent legal advice on settlement agreements as required in order to conclude the terms of any agreed settlement with your employer.

Settlement agreements, previously known as compromise agreements, are an increasingly common way for employees to leave an employer whereby statutory rights are waived for a final settlement.

The advantage for the employer is that they are able to draw a line under an employee’s departure or complaint and are protected from future claims. The advantage for the employee is the consideration, such as a financial sum, received as part of a legally binding contract. In addition to confidentiality clauses, a Settlement Agreement may also include an agreed reference.

We will try to provide our advice within the fixed costs offered within the Settlement Agreement so that there is no further charge to you. We also understand that obtaining the advice can sometimes be needed quickly. We are usually able to take instructions and provide the necessary advice within 48 hours and sometimes quicker.

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Contact us on 0121 270 2700 for more information.

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