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Garstang: 01995 602 129 
Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
Most accidents are, by their very nature unforeseen – and therefore they come with no warning. This can render any victims unprepared on how to deal with the repercussions, and confused on what to do next. When you or a loved one is involved in an accident that left you injured, you will need to make quick decisions. You will need to ask a few things to the lawyers in Preston. 
 
If you are injured, you should consider getting treatment immediately after sustaining any injury. Additionally, you should seek legal advice so you can advice from lawyers in Preston, MG Legal, who can help you to get the best compensation. But, how can you make sure that you are working with good lawyers in Preston? MG Legal’s expert team have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with claims for compensation for all types of personal injury claims. Here are the questions that you need to know the answers to:- 
 
Recent changes to the Stamp Duty Land Tax system have produced massive benefits to first time buyers, with a total exemption of paying any SDLT on properties under £300,000.00 (See our ‘First Time Buyers – A Helping Hand’ blog for more information). Taking a different view, there are now questions as to the effects on those purchasing second properties, and many are questioning there is a need for review. 
 
Many people purchase second properties as an investment opportunity to be used as buy-to-lets, with others purchasing additional property for holiday home purposes and leisure. Records indicate that since the year 2000 the number of people purchasing more than one additional property has increased by 30%.  
 
But is this enough for our economy, and what are the effects? 
At MG Legal, your property solicitors Preston, we understand that the term ‘Japanese Knotweed’ would be the last thing on your mind when moving home. To your conveyancing solicitor Preston, however, this is a term of high importance within the conveyancing process. 
 
Recently, the Family Court could be argued to be making a conscious effort to move into the 21st Century. Whilst the prospect of an online divorce seems quite obvious to some, Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service has only just rolled the pilot scheme out to four solicitors' firms. Currently, Solicitors must complete the documentation either by hand or on the computer, and then sign the same (or ask their client to approve and sign the petition).  
 
The new system allows users to complete the petition online, through a series of tick boxes and free-text fields which have to be completed, and then share the petition electronically with their client. Once approved, the petition is submitted online, with a Marriage Certificate being sent as a PDF document, and payment to be made either by cheque (unfortunately, this still has to be posted) or through the Pay by Account (PBA) system in place.  
 
Most parents would not think twice before removing their own children out of the country. However, for parents who cannot necessarily agree the best parenting strategy, it can be a constant worry that the other will remove the children from England or Wales (or the UK in general), and that they will then have no way of getting their children back.  
 
Although some people would not think it, in some cases the removal of a child to a country without the other's parents consent can be classed as abduction under the Child Abduction Act 1984. For example, if both parents have Parental Responsibility or if the Court have specifically ordered that the child cannot be removed but one parent does, this could be classed as abduction. The punishment for abduction ranges but can lead to a prison sentence and fines.  
 
Before the Supreme Court's Judgement handed down on 30th July 2018, the right to make an end-of-life decision on behalf of someone in a vegetative state was controlled by the Court of Protection. Also controlling a person's affairs should they lack capacity and not have appointed an Attorney (see Lasting Powers of Attorney and who should make one), the Court of Protection previously ruled on cases such as whether a person's feeding tubes should be withdrawn, allowing a person to die naturally, when they are unable to make the decision themselves.  
 
Although both the patient's family and the Doctors may agree that removing the feeding tubes is the best way forward for a person in a vegetative state, the Doctors usually have to apply to the Court of Protection to rule that they are allowed to do so. However, following yesterday's Judgement, if both the patient's family and the Doctors are in agreement, they can now remove the tubes of a person without going through the Court. 
Marriages end for a whole host of reasons, some unsavoury, and some more amicable. However, no matter how friendly you and your spouse want to keep matters, in a society where we are encouraged to deal with legal matters as amicably as ever possible, no fault divorces still DO NOT exist.  
 
Currently there is only one ground for divorce in England and Wales - that the marriage between the two parties has broken down irretrievably. The Petitioner is required to support their petition for divorce with one of five facts. Unfortunately, no matter which ground you choose to base your petition on, the Respondent spouse can choose to defend it and argue that the marriage is not over.  
The Office for National Statistics has found a range of trends over the years in relation to time of the year that marriages take place, and on what day. For example, with over 800 weddings usually taking place on a regular Friday, the 11th November 2011 (11/11/11) was a Friday, and it saw the number of weddings almost doubling to 1,529! Another date which is not at all popular is Christmas day. With an average of only 5 couples per year tying the knot on 25th December (an average number taken from 1970 to 2013), it would appear to be one of the quietest days of the year to get married*. 
 
Whether you choose to get married at the start of the year (a quieter time to choose, apparently!) or on a busier occasion such as Valentine's Day, it is always best to make sure that you are prepared legally for your marriage, such as considering a pre-nuptial (or pre-marital) agreement.  
 
Until the introduction of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (MSSCA), same-sex couples only had one option if they wished to formalise their relationship: they could enter into a civil partnership under the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (CPA). However, different-sex marriage has been well-established in society in England and Wales for hundreds of years.  
 
Many would argue that before MSSCA was introduced, there was a vast inequality in the law for same-sex couples and their rights. However, as anyone can now enter into a Marriage, it was argued that everyone's rights had reached an equilibrium.  
 
However, for one couple, this was not the case. 
 
Now-a-days, every moment of our lives is consumed with entering into a contract and usually, by proxy, agreeing to the Terms and Conditions. If you're signing up for a new 'phone contract, or you're simply purchasing a loaf of bread, a contract is being formed. We know - this seems crazy - but, believe it or not, the terms of buying and selling items in shops (and some other places), for example, are covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which covers both the sellers and the buyer alike. 
 
However, for other agreements, a written contract is required which has to be signed by both parties to be legally binding. The most obvious one is when you sell or purchase a house (if you're selling or buying, contact MG Legal's expert team today for first-class advice). Both parties have to sign a contract which, once exchanged (see our blog on 'The Conveyancing Process'), means that both parties are legally bound to see the contract through. And, if one party fails to uphold their end of the contract, there are usually sanctions in place. 
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