Barrett and Co can offer you advice on how to reduce your inheritance tax bill…please get in touch As the end of the tax year draws to a close we take this opportunity to remind you of annual gift exemptions that you may want to quickly take advantage of, or plan for the new financial…

What is Parental Responsibility? Parental Responsibility (PR) is defined in s.3(1)(a) Children Act 1989 as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority that a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property by law.” By its very definition PR is a wide concept and it is not realistically possible…

The Best Family Solicitor in Reading is a great accolade being given to Paul Wild by independent review website Three Best Rated. Paul has been a partner for many years at Barrett and Co Solicitors LLP and has been advising on family disputes and divorce as his speciality.   There are many areas where Paul…

I am reminded by a recent article in ‘The Review’ (a Resolution publication) that it has now been nearly 18 months since it has been necessary to use standardised Divorce Petitions. All potential Petitioners must use these forms – there is a paper format, or it is also possible to deal with these online. However,…

The Government have recently announced a draft bill which would stop alleged abusive ex-partners from cross examining their victims. This practice, which had been banned in the Criminal Courts, but not in the family Courts, occurred when the defendant did not have legal representation. The Criminal Courts could however make Orders which would prevent the…

For many separated or divorcing families, this Christmas may be the first major holiday where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do try to keep all arrangements for seeing the children…

Children in Mediation (referred to as CIM) enables separated parents to focus on and give a voice to their children. This form of mediation should be child centred to promote both the safeguarding and welfare of every child.  It can enable that child to have a voice. For parents, this form of mediation enables their…

A recent case from the High Court demonstrates the problems which unmarried couples may face regarding the ownership of property. We highlight these problems in this article and offer some useful guidance. If you need legal help, please get in touch with us at our Reading offices. The summary The case of Dobson v Griffey…

In an article published in our August newsletter, I referred to the recent decision of Owens v Owens and how this case highlighted the need for matrimonial and divorce reform. I also referred to the difficulties in starting a process where one party has to divorce the other, often having to use the fact of…

In the Private Client department our clients often ask us whether putting their home into the names of their adult children would be a good idea. This is usually due to concerns about costs of care as they become elderly and the idea that their home might be “taken” by the government for Inheritance Tax…

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