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Longridge: 01772 783 314 
Garstang: 01995 602 129 
Lancaster: 01524 581 306 
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’. 
The day has arrived; it’s the day you are moving into your new home. Your conveyancing solicitor Lancaster will refer to this as the Completion day. The legal Completion date, essentially, is the agreed date on which the parties involved will move. 
 
It is likely that Contracts have already been Exchanged, known as ‘the point of no return’, which makes the transaction legally binding. In some cases, however, Exchange of Contracts and Completion can take place simultaneously on the same day. 
In figures released in November 2017 the Family-aimed legal group, Resolution, stated that the numbers of people in the UK co-habiting had doubled from 1.5 million in 1996 to over 3.3 million in 2017; a number which has surely risen since that date. Resolution also surveyed a group of 2,000 individuals, which showed results of a huge misunderstanding of the law and their rights as co-habiting couples. For example, one common misconception, was the principle of 'Common-Law Marriage'. (For their full results see their article here). 
 
'Common-Law Marriage' is a legal principle which exists in only a small amount of jurisdictions, whereby co-habiting couples are granted rights under the law if they are effectively married i.e. they are arranging their affairs as a married couple would and they are married for all intents and purposes, expect without the legally binding document or religious service.  
At MG Legal, Solicitors in Longridge, Solicitors in Lancaster and Solicitors in Preston, we understand how overwhelming in can be to approach a Solicitors firm. Even for something which can be portrayed as minor by some solicitors, for example making a Will, at MG Legal we aim to make every client feel as comfortable as possible. 
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