Longridge: 01772 783 314 | Garstang: 01995 602 129 | Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
 
Longridge: 01772 783 314 
Garstang: 01995 602 129 
Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
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should make one), the Court of Protection previously ruled on cases such as whether a person's feeding tubes should be withdrawn, allowing a person to die naturally, when they are unable to make the decision themselves.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.  
When you are looking at commencing divorce proceedings, there can be so much conflicting advice forced upon you. Unfortunately, as much as your friends, family, co-workers, etc want to help you, ultimately it may just cause you to be more confused than when you started! So, our Lancaster Solicitors have teamed up to explain what really happens during the divorce process, and what you need to do. 
 
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.  
 
Accidents occur in the workplace on a daily basis. Some appear trivial (tripping over loose cables, falling over objects that have been left lying around), but still can cause injury, and some are downright awful, and can result in serious harm and injury, at no fault of the employee. It's a known fact that many employers, who should know better, and can afford to train their workforce in Health and Safety, often cut corners and choose not to do so. 
Storms, bad weather and torrential rain are blamed for all sorts of problems; but you wouldn’t imagine the weather being blamed for the plethora of potholes, fissures, and, well, huge holes that have appeared in the roads and pavements around the UK in the past 12 months. Personal Injury solicitors Preston, MG Legal, expert road accident solicitors, have won thousands of pounds of compensation for clients who have suffered injury from tripping over or falling into (sometimes quite literally) the potholes the local councils will opine have been caused by the spell of recent bad weather. 
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. 
Whilst our expert team of accident injury solicitors at MG Legal, accident compensation solicitors, will argue that it’s always been easy to choose Personal Injury solicitors Preston (obviously, choose us!) the Ministry of Justice reforms, due to come into force in April 2020, will affect how personal injury solicitors Preston accept instruction on all potential road traffic accident claims. However, MG Legal, solicitors in Preston, and road traffic accident solicitors, can confirm that vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists (including motorcycles), may be exempt from the ‘whiplash reforms’ that see the claims threshold for those unfortunate to be involved in road traffic accidents, in cars, to be raised from £1,000.00 to £5,000.00. Personal Injury Solicitors Preston, such as MG Legal Solicitors, are aware of the changes, and, as you would expect from road traffic accident solicitors, solicitors Lancaster, and personal injury solicitors Preston, MG Legal are fully trained, and able to advise clients of the potential changes, including the potential changes in threshold, well ahead of the April 2020 deadline. 
No matter what you may think, there will most certainly be a time in your life, and in most cases, on more than one occasion, when you will need the services of a solicitor, or as many people, choose to call them these days, ‘lawyer’. 

Tags

Our site uses cookies. For more information, see our cookie policy. Accept cookies and close
Reject cookies Manage settings