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Posts from September 2019

If you decide to seek a divorce and your Solicitor orders a copy of the marriage certificate for you, they will often ask for your details, the details of the spouse you intend to divorce and the details of you father. This is because your father’s name and occupation is likely to be recorded on the marriage certificate. 
Recently MG Legal, Solicitors in Lancaster, have read the distressing story of a Chinese man having been detained by authorities there after selling his three-day old daughter to a couple on Social Media. 
Who are they, what do they do, and why were they established? 
 
No, we are not talking about food! We are, in fact, referring to MASHs, which stands for Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub. It is essentially a system made up of professional bodies such as the police, schools, doctors, and local authorities, formed to ensure the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The system allows all reported incidents and concerns to be collated and investigated. 
Pre Nups (or pre-nuptial agreements) are legal binding agreements, which are only legally binding if the conditions are met, (more information can be found, here) made before marriage, which sets out what should happen to finances in the event that a marriage breaks down.  
 
Prenups have become increasingly popular, as more people marry later in life than in previous generations, and people have accumulated their own assets, such as property, shares or pension pots before they get married. If you have substantial assets then, for a lot of people, it’s perfectly reasonable to take steps to protect those assets in the event of a divorce or separation in the future. MG Legal, Solicitors in Garstang can help with this. 
If you find yourself sat in a hospital bed it is not, usually, for a pleasant reason. Whether it be a broken arm or a broken leg, even our solicitors in Preston, not being medically minded, know that it is not the hospital cuisine that is going to send you on the road to recovery. With the NHS serving over 140 million meals to patients across the country each year, safety needs to be of the utmost importance. If food hygiene standards are inadequate, hospitals run the risk of potentially worsening a patient’s condition, as opposed to aiding their recovery. 
When you think of things that would be amazing to do, winning the lottery would be up there (for most of us, anyway). For one couple, something similar happened, but all was not as it seemed. 
 
After receiving the equivalent of £87,000.00 into their bank account, Robert and Tiffany Williams from Pennsylvania, US, are now facing theft charges. Now, a lot of you may be thinking, ‘but it wasn’t their fault’. No, it wasn’t. It wasn’t the simple act of receiving the money that landed these two into hot water, but it was the fact that they took the money and went on a spending spree. 
Car meets in the UK are becoming more and more popular, with crowds of people meeting in designated areas, with their super-decorated, super-souped-up cars to show off who has the best features, and whose car would beat whose, in a drag race. 
 
Most of the time, as far as our team of Personal Injury Solicitors in Lancaster are aware, these events go off - mostly - without a hitch. 
Our team of Wills solicitors in Preston have said it before, and we will say it again (and again, and again): getting a Will in place is important! 
 
Having a Will in place is just not enough: you actually also need to make sure that your Will covers what should happen in the event that your first beneficiaries die before you. 
 
Unfortunately, a recent case highlights the importance of making sure your Will is worded correctly, and making sure that you and your spouse are on the same page, so to speak. 
As you can imagine, your local family law solicitors don’t often get chance to deal with the nicer side of family law. Despite dealing with over 200 new matters yearly, most of them are limited to divorce, finances related to divorce or child contact issues, with a few less run-of-the-mill cases in between. 
 
So, in the midst of these cases, it’s nice to be able to do a bit of light reading on wedding trends (and some not-so-trendy wedding choices). 
Social media seems to be the bugbear of many an employer but in the office, this tends to be because people are flicking through Facebook or Instagram instead of getting work done. 
 
However, Personal Injury Solicitors are seeing more and more cases of accidents on the farm which could have been avoided if people had been concentrating. So, does Social Media add to the danger? Loading cattle is hard enough without some one flicking through their phone instead of keeping an eye out for a cow doing an about turn. Machinery and messaging just don’t work and you can guarantee if you get stuck or tip a trailer over then you just know it will be all over snapchat before you have even climbed out of the cab! 

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