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Ensuring your home passes as you choose

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House prices continue to rise faster than most other investments and property is often the most valuable asset in someone’s estate when they die. But it is also a home and may need to remain a home for a surviving partner, spouse, or children. If you...

5 Year Partnership with Kyra Women's Project

Juliette Kilkenny
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Kyra Women’s Project and Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors have been working together for five years this month to support women in need of legal advice. Women often come to Kyra to make positive changes in their lives after domestic abuse, mental illness,...

Managing financial affairs under a lasting power of attorney

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Making a lasting power of attorney for your finances is an important part of lifetime legal planning, especially if you have built up a portfolio of assets and investments which require regular management. While this legal authority needs to be set up well...

Legal issues involving predatory marriages

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Daphne Frank’s devasting account of her mother falling victim to a predatory marriage highlights the need for better protection of vulnerable people who could be targeted by abusers. Members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), the national membership...

What is a business Lasting Power of Attorney

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You may have heard about someone looking after their elderly parent’s finances and affairs using a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), but there are other occasions when it makes sense to have an LPA in place. We insure against catastrophic lifetime...

Make a Will Month for St Leonard's Hospice October 2021

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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We are very pleased to announce that we are once again taking part in St Leonard’s Hospice Make a Will Month which runs throughout the month of October 2021. This gives you the opportunity to have your Will written by a solicitor in exchange for a...

Options if you suspect abuse of a power of attorney

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With more people in the UK now living into their 80s and 90s, an increasing number of us are choosing to make a lasting power of attorney. This is a legal document under which we appoint someone we trust to make important decisions about our finances, and...

Do I need a letter of wishes alongside my Will

Sharon Richardson
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Making a Will is an important part of lifetime legal planning, but do you need to put all your wishes in your Will? Where should you set out your wishes for gifts or your funeral arrangements? Is it appropriate to explain your decisions about your...

Can I challenge a Will that fails to make some provision for me

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It tends to be only in Hollywood movies that a Will is read aloud, usually for dramatic effect where the contents of the Will are unexpected and lead to the sort of tensions which create a good plot. For example, in the 2019 film ‘Knives Out’ the...

The digitisation of LPAs

Sharon Richardson
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This week, the government launched a 12-week consultation into the modernisation of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA’s). An LPA is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions about your finances, health, and care for you should you lose...

What are private rights of way over land

Elizabeth Simpson
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Often, access to agricultural land requires a right of way over someone else’s neighbouring land or a private road/track which has not been adopted by the Highways Authority. A right of way is an easement. This is a right for one landowner to use...

Journey into law and training contract experience so far

Matthew Burn
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We are pleased to be able to share blogs over the coming months written by our staff, talking about their job role, working at the firm and career progression at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. In this blog by Matthew Burn, Trainee Solicitor at Crombie...

The rights of a beneficiary with concerns about a trustee

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If you are the beneficiary of a trust and you are dissatisfied about the way in which an appointed trustee is acting, then it is important for you to understand your options for holding them to account.    Your concerns may relate to the...

Making a Will or giving a gift on your deathbed

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Living through a global pandemic has meant seeing loved ones taken from us at an alarming rate, and it has been distressing for many to see someone taken into hospital and not know if you might be able to see them again.   ‘ Whilst planning...

Common probate mistakes and how to avoid them

Sharon Richardson
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If you are someone’s executor , then it can be tempting to try to administer the estate yourself with a view to saving money. If the estate is simple and you are comfortable with the legal and tax regulations, then this may be straightforward.  ...

Career in IT at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

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In our latest staff blog, Dale Cowling in our IT team talks about joining Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors and how his career and job responsibilities have developed over the nine years at our firm. He has demonstrated how our Values (#ClientCentred,...

My neighbour has taken part of my garden

Maria Eames
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What might have started out looking like a small and innocuous plant to your neighbour can soon grow into a substantial hedge that extends well beyond their boundary, albeit innocently, reducing the amount of land which you can enjoy.  On the other...

We deliver on our Service Pledge

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Matthew Railton , a legal advisor in our Wills and Probate team , has truly demonstrated his commitment and delivery of our Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors Service Pledge . Our Service Pledge has 8 commitments, and we work together as a team to deliver an...

A fond farewell to John Ellis after 50 years in law

Richard Watson
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John Ellis, Director at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors with offices in Pickering, Malton, York and Selby, who has served thousands of clients in Pickering and the surrounding areas, retires on 30 April 2021 after 51 years as a solicitor. John qualified as a...

Challenging a dubious Will where you suspect coercion

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We all have the right to leave our money and property to whoever we please when we die, but the decisions we make must be arrived at freely and without undue influence from family, friends or others who hope to secure an inheritance.    ...

Training Contract to Solicitor with Crombie Wilkinson

Ben Simpson
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We are pleased to be able to share with you the blogs written by our staff, talking about their job role, working at our firm and career progression opportunities at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors . In this blog by Ben Simpson , Solicitor at Crombie...

Lifetime planning and marital status can be complicated

Sharon Richardson
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The coronavirus pandemic has seen many marriage or civil partnership ceremonies postponed, and a survey by the wedding planning website Hitched found that 71 per cent of couples had postponed their weddings rather than proceed with just a handful of guests. ...

New Family Mediation Council Mediation voucher scheme launched

Christopher Myles
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A new voucher scheme was launched on 26 March 2021 which may help more people access mediation services and reduce the costs of mediation for some separating families to help resolve issues relating to children rather than going to Court. The government...

Crombie Wilkinson secures Law Society's conveyancing quality mark

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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors in York , Selby , Malton and Pickering has once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Schem e - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. Crombie Wilkinson underwent rigorous...

journey into law and starting a new job in the pandemic

Claire-Racheal Matthews
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In this blog by Claire Matthews , Chartered Legal Executive in the Dispute Resolution team at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors , she talks about her journey into law as a career and joining a new law firm during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has demonstrated...

19 years of Lexcel accreditation

Duncan Morter
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After our recent full Lexcel re-assessment in March 2021, we are extremely proud to confirm we have been recommended for re-accreditation with Lexce l, the Law Society quality standard.  Lexcel is a measure of performance on both practice management...

The legal protections we should all have in place

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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The documentary “Kate Garraway: Finding Derek” aired this week and highlighted the struggles TV presenter Kate has faced since her husband, Derek Draper, was admitted to hospital with Covid-19 in March 2020. Kate has openly spoken about the...

Receptionist career within Crombie Wilkinson

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We are pleased to be able to share blogs written by our staff , talking about their job role, working at the firm and career progression at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is a vibrant and growing law firm serving individual...

Stamp duty land tax holiday extension to 30 June 2021

Adele Holliday
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If you are thinking of moving home , whether that be upsizing, downsizing or your first jump onto the proper ladder, the Government announcement earlier this week to extend the current SDLT ‘holiday’ will no doubt have been music to your...

We are taking part in Saint Catherine Make a Will week

Beth Worthy
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Christine Pick at our Malton office and Bethany Foster at our Pickering office, are both supporting the Saint Catherine’s Make a Will Week by offering appointments during March 29-April 2 2021 so you can make your Will and at the same time leave a...

Changes to marital status and making a Will

Richard Watson
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There have been a number of changes in regard to marriage law since 2004, with the most recent being the introduction of opposite-sex civil partnerships in 2019.  These changes have been important in providing clarity over legal rights and financial...

Why use a legal expert for an estate administration?

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Like many government organisations, Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Services (HMCTS) has been increasing its digital services over the past few years as it aims to provide a more streamlined system for probate registries.    While the...

What do you do if you can't stay in your relationship any longer?

Christopher Myles
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If the pandemic, the pressures of three lockdowns and the Tiered system with its restrictions we all now live under have meant issues in your relationship have come to a head and you no longer see a way for you to stay together , what do you do? Firstly,...

Lockdown rules for children who live between two households

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Under the National Lockdown Guidance for England, people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles. Always think about your family circumstances and impact of social...

Rules for children who live between two households for Christmas

Greg Cross
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Separated families and the coronavirus pandemic: what are the rules for children that live between two households during the Christmas period?    This is a question no doubt that many parents have asked themselves and perhaps has been the cause...

Co-parenting harmoniously with your Ex

Christopher Myles
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We came across this great incite into co-parenting with your Ex in a harmonious way. As we head in to ‘Good Divorce Week’ w/c 30 November 2020, ways in which you can make the impact of divorce on all involved are really important for...

Brexit and what it means for family law clients

Christopher Myles
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On top of the pandemic we are about to come to the end of the transition period and the government has published some guides for clients and others about the impact of Brexit on family law.    For a House of Commons briefing paper on Divorce...

Staff promotions at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

Duncan Morter
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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors has recently announced eight new promotions. Managing a business through a pandemic is definitely challenging, so it is great news to see local law firm Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, not only adapting to deliver their legal...

Proud to support charities with our fundraising

Duncan Morter
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As part of the commitment to our firm value of ‘ Community Focus ’ Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors will be handing over cheques totalling £1410.23 to KYRA Women in York, Black Cat Sanctuary in North Duffield, Ryedale Dog Rescue in Pickering...

October is Make a Will Month for St Leonard's Hospice

Belinda-Jane Poulter
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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is taking part in the St Leonard’s Hospice’s Make a Will Month taking place in October 2020, giving you the opportunity to have your Will written by a solicitor in exchange for a donation towards patient care at St...

How incapacity affects the individual and wider family

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Finding suitable care for yourself, a relative or friend can be extremely daunting and it can be very difficult to know which way to turn, especially if the care is needed in an emergency situation rather than over a gradual time period. Having access to...

Talking to children about divorce

Christopher Myles
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This is an interesting article on helping children survive divorce and how talking to them at the right time about their parents divorcing can help play a part in how they react and deal with feelings of anxiety and helplessness. Our Family Law team are here...

Coronavirus and Domestic Abuse - The Risk in Isolation

Claire Eastwood
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What if my home isn’t a place of safety? The latest government guidance is a required measure to fight the virus for many, but for some the danger isn’t just outside, it is also in their homes. The Office for National Statistics reported that 1.6...

Children can visit separated parents during restrictions

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Coronavirus restrictions - advice on children visiting separated parents. Children of parents who are separated can move between households during the coronavirus restrictions, minister Michael Gove has said. Some parents were worried they would not be...

Depression and divorce - helping your children cope with both

Christopher Myles
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To the point and clear advice for parents on what to look out for in your child(ren) with regards to changes in their behaviour which may be linked to depression. This article by Rosalind Sedacca gets straight to the point and offers practical ways to deal...

Anger and vengeance affect the outcome of your divorce

Christopher Myles
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This is an excellent article by Mary S Brock and well worth reading. The Family Law team at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors can provide you with help and advice if you are separating or going through divorce . We have specialists who can help you with...

Advice on talking to pre-teen children about divorce

Christopher Myles
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Insightful advice on how the age of your children will affect how they react to the news and changing circumstances brought about by your divorce from M. Gary Neuman, licensed family counsellor and Florida Supreme Court-certified family mediator. No two...

Advice on what not to do in your divorce

Christopher Myles
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Ten things you should never do in your divorce - some of which may surprise you! I thought this was ‘to the point’ advice and worth sharing from Karen Covy, author of "When Happily Ever After Ends: How to Survive Your Divorce -...

Divorce and telling children

Christopher Myles
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What to tell your spouse before you tell the kids about the divorce! This is a really positive article by By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT the author of the new ebook, How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? for parents to read and act on before they sit their...

Family Mediation - money and property decisions

Christopher Myles
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How can family mediation help with decisions about money and property? Whether or not you have children , divorce and separation can be a financial minefield, with issues around money and property feeling like they take over. Questions like, what will...

Family Mediation - conversations worth having

Christopher Myles
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The Family Mediation Council has published the results of its 2019 Family Mediation Survey to coincide with Family Mediation Week, taking place from 20th-24th January 2020. Professional family mediators act as neutral third parties to help ex-partners...

Advice on mediation if you are separating or divorcing

Christopher Myles
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Don’t draw the battle lines – mediation and the collaborative approach can be a positive step when separating or divorcing With Christmas festivities passed and New Year well and truly here, January is often a time to reflect on how happy or...

When the Spirit of Christmas came to York

Sharon Richardson
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The team at the charity Spirit of Christmas have been organising and running very special Christmas parties for local families for the last 11 years in Selby and Doncaster. In these 11 years, they have invited over 4000 children plus adults, for a...

Help to Buy ISA scheme

Adele Holliday
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Would you say no to some free cash towards your first home? Of course you wouldn’t!  The deadline is fast approaching for opening a savings account which attracts a huge 25% top up from the government when you close the account and buy your...

Our Legal 500 2020 UK ranking

Duncan Morter
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The Directors at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors are delighted to announce that the firm's skill in Private Client, Agricultural & Estates work has been acknowledged by our admission to The Legal 500 2020 United Kingdom Edition. The Legal 500 United...

Successful trainee programme at Crombie Wilkinson

Charlotte Mountain
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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is a vibrant and growing law firm serving private and business clients across North Yorkshire from offices in York, Selby, Malton and Pickering. As part of the succession planning for the firm, which includes identifying leaders...

Insightful advice for divorced parents with teens

Christopher Myles
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Our family law experts are available to help and advise you if you have family issues you want to resolve. Our Family Mediation service can be useful to help parties involved communicate about problems and issues. Find out about our family law and family...

Newly qualified solicitor to Managing Director in 20 years

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September 2019 has seen Duncan Morter, Managing Director at legal firm Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors, celebrate 20 years at the firm. After graduating from Cambridge University in 1995 and obtaining a Distinction at Law School, Duncan completed his legal...

Voting in the Minster FM Listener Choice Awards

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We would really appreciate your vote for us in the Best Legal or Financial Service category in the 2019 Minster FM Listener Choice Awards that are now back for a fourth year with voting open now! You can vote for us easily and quickly in this link...

10 great advice tips for divorcing parents

Christopher Myles
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Following on from the previous blog about not letting divorce destroy your kids, here is part 2 of the list of great tips for sound guidelines for parents to follow. If you are a parent going through a divorce do look through these tips as one or two of...

Divorce doesn't have to destroy your kids

Christopher Myles
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These are sound guidelines with valuable suggestions to safeguard your children from the negative consequences of divorce. I am a trained Family Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer and can help provide you with help and advice to manage your separation and...

Landmark Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill

Christopher Myles
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On 13 June 2019, the government introduced the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. This Bill reforms the legal requirements and process for divorce, dissolution and judicial separation set out in the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and the Civil...

Divorcing when kids are young brings special challenges

Christopher Myles
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This is an interesting and thought provoking article by author Dr. Michelle Gollan (a USC graduate and a licensed Clinical Psychologist). Ending a relationship when there are children involved has many challenges and more so when they are younger children. ...

What happens if your ex doesn't see things your way?

Christopher Myles
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There is no hiding from it, divorce affects your children. By working together and co-parenting properly, you can mitigate negative effects of separation and divorce and provide your child(ren) with a positive environment for them to grow up in and develop. ...

Co-parenting: For your children's sake

Christopher Myles
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Chris Myles, Head of Family Law and Family Mediator at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors shares this excellent advice from coach Sharon Shenker from a recent practical parenting tips publication. If you are separated or divorced and would like advice on...

Civil Partnerships Bill moves to report stage

Christopher Myles
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The Civil Partnerships, Marriages and Deaths (Registration, etc) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 26th March and will come into effect on 26th May this year.  Section 2 of the Act, requires the Secretary of State to ensure that regulations to amend...

Home Office allocates £1m for male victims of gender based abuse

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In response to increasing disclosure by male victims of domestic and sexual abuse the Home Office is providing £1 million to specialist support organisations as part of a drive to support victims, encourage more people to come forward and seek help and...

How often will I see my children if we separate?

Greg Cross
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What are the rules on “contact”?   Questions often asked by clients going through separation . The short answer is there are no “rules” in terms of defining a child arrangement contact pattern as every family is different and...

What is Family Mediation and does it work?

Christopher Myles
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Mediation in itself is not a new concept although initial participation in Mediation was perhaps a little slow to take off. In more recent years Lawyers have increasingly encouraged couples to attend Mediation to resolve their family disputes whether in...

How much does it cost to get a divorce?

Greg Cross
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Setting out the cost of the divorce procedure is a fairly straight forward issue but it is the additional issues alongside the actual divorce process such as resolving the financial matters and on occasion the arrangements for the children which can take a...

Vulnerable people and Capacity issues

Sharon Richardson
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In this article we aim to explain why an individual may be vulnerable to harm or abuse, what to look out for and action you can look to take. Are you aware of someone you know who may be a vulnerable person or have capacity issues? They may be a family...

Minimising the impact of conflict on children

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Conflict can have some serious long-term effects on children. Studies have shown that it’s not the separation or divorce proper that has an impact, but rather the conflict stemming from it that often has a detrimental impact on their well-being. ...

How Collaborative Lawyers can help you

Christopher Myles
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Move past anger with your ex-partner following a separation or divorce particularly in relation to children. I’m Chris Myles, Collaborative Family Lawyer and a Director of Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors. I recently read an article by Kristin Little,...

HMO Licencing Update

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From 1st October 2018 the rules for Licencing Houses of Multiple Occupation will be tightened. Any property let to 5 or more people living in 2 or more households will have to be licenced.  This no longer applies to properties of 3 or more stories...

Assured Shorthold Tenancies - serving a section 21 notice

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There is a legal change regarding ending Assured Shorthold Tenancies which began before 1 st October 2015. From 1 st October 2018 a Landlord will only be able to serve a section 21 notice giving 2 months notice to end the tenancy, if they can show the...

Back to school - the homework every parent should be completing

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With the summer holidays coming to an end, many children (and parents) will be looking forward to the start of a new school year. Now is the perfect time to reflect on the past few weeks spent with your children and consider whether they would be protected...

10 reasons to use a Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) lawyer

Sharon Richardson
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The decisions and plans you make now will have a huge impact on your later life. Getting them right is essential. An SFE accredited solicitor is an expert in elder client law and will ensure you get the best possible legal advice for your future or the...

Landmark ruling - withdrawal of life support

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There has been a Landmark ruling on the withdrawal of life support for those in a vegetative state This week the Supreme Court ruled that doctors and families do not need to seek the permission of the court to withdraw end of life care for someone in a...

LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018

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We are extremely pleased and proud to find out today that we have been shortlisted for the LFS Conveyancing Awards 2018 in the Regional Conveyancing Firm of the Year category. We are looking forward to attending the Awards Dinner in September. Well done to...

Key ways to making cooperative co-parenting work

Christopher Myles
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Children of divorce do best when both of their parents continue to be actively involved in their lives. It's the ongoing connection that makes the positive difference for these children, minimising the fact that their parents no longer live together. ...

Children parenting their parents

Christopher Myles
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Insightful words below from Rosalind Sedacca, author of the new ebook ‘How Do I Tell the Kids ... about the Divorce?’ on children parenting their parents during a divorce. Contact a member of the Crombie Wilkinson Family law team for help and...

We are proud to announce our chosen charities

Charlotte Mountain
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Each year we choose a charity at each of our offices to support and raise funds for for a 12 month period. Our staff were asked to nominate charities they would like to be considered and these were voted on to pick a chosen charity for each office. We are...

Is Legal Aid available for Family matters?

Kim Denton
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The answer is yes but only in certain circumstances. Someone wishing to apply for an injunction under the Family Law Act 1996 will be eligible for legal aid.  Depending on their financial situation they may have to pay a contribution towards their...

Managing your affairs if you suffer from Dementia

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Last week it was announced that Dame Barbara Windsor is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia.  According to Barbara’s husband Scott Mitchell, she first showed symptoms in 2009 when her close friends and...

How to provide for your pet when you are gone

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Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors explains how to provide for your pet when you are gone. People sometimes prepare Wills simply because they wish to provide for their pet after their death where they have no close family. Wills dealing with pets require...

Do you know what you are entitled to following a separation?

Mark Robinson
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Do you know what you are entitled to following a separation? Client’s often come to see me and ask about what they, or their partner, are entitled to following a separation, frequently referring to their rights as a “common law spouse”....

Leaving a gift in your Will for York Mind

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Could you remember York Mind in your Will? York Mind are our current chosen charity for our York office and as part of the fundraising we have been doing to support them, we wanted to let people know that you can support them too by looking to leave a gift...

Powers of Attorney - could you be due a refund?

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On 1 February 2018 the Office of the Public Guardian launched a scheme allowing almost 2 million people to claim a refund on fees paid to register Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). During the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2017 significantly more people...

Divorce and Family Mediation - 11 essential facts and trends

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The journey to raise awareness of Family Mediation continues following Family Mediation Week..  This infographic has been created to simplify divorce mediation and disputes with some interesting facts and trends.   Click here to learn...

Read our top tips for creating a Lasting Power of Attorney

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Plan early – While you have capacity, you should get your affairs in order and choose the best people to manage your affairs, in case of an accident or illness. You cannot appoint an Attorney once mental capacity is lost. Choose carefully –...

Our office opening hours over Christmas

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We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our office opening hours over the festive season are as follows: Friday 22 December - The offices close at 11am Monday 25-Tuesday 26 December - Closed Wednesday 27 - Friday 29 December - The offices...

Two new Directors appointed at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

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We are pleased to announce that we have appointed two new Directors in the firm. Belinda-Jane Poulter and Ian Barnard were appointed as Directors from 1st November 2017, taking the number of Directors in the firm to 12, as the firm continues with its...

LPAs turning digital risk

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Local solicitor warns changes to powers of attorney may leave older and vulnerable at risk Local solicitor, Crombie Wilkinson from York issues warning following FCA’s call to turn lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) fully digital Proposals would remove...

Your Family First - What is a Parenting Plan and what are the benefits?

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What is a Parenting Plan and what are the benefits? A Parenting Plan is a written document that parents make on the practical aspects of parenting when they separate and divorce. They are designed to give each parent and their children clarity about when...

Report on health and care of older people

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AGE UK has produced a Briefing on Health and Care of Older People in England 2017 This is a very comprehensive review of demographics, social care and health services in relation to older people. There is also a useful summary of these facts and figures...

Proposed increase in probate fees

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There is a Petition available for people to sign to reconsider the proposed significant and unreasonable increase in probate fees. The current fee for all estates is 155. The change mean fees on 42% of estates will increase by 2 to 129 times, payable even...

Blame is a game no one wins (why we need no fault divorce)

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We are supporting Resolution in their campaign for no fault divorce, because there is #abetterway. Today, 30 November 2016, and going forward, let’s do what we can to support change in the law which will support separating and divorcing couples and...

Read this if you let out property.

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Property Owners who let out their property for short-term holiday or business lettings could be in breach of User Covenant. In a recent case appealed by the Tenant from the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal, the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) considered...

Online Guide to Care

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The BBC has republished an online guide to care, which details the costs people face wherever they live in the UK. Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors have specialist solicitors who can provide later life advice, including making a Will and LPA's, Long Term...

Data Protection; Get it Right

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The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has recently imposed fines on several organisations for data breaches: Hampshire County Council was fined 100,000 for failing to implement effective contingency plans to protect personal data when...