Covid -19 and Residential Possession Actions

Since the first lockdown was imposed in March 2020 there have been a number of changes to the procedures relating to possession actions in respect of residential properties. The purpose was principally to alleviate the difficulties for tenants faced with possible unemployment or furloughing. As the situation has progressed some of the measures which were... Read more »

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Eastbourne Family Solicitor marks Good Divorce Week 2020 with free family appointments

  Family law professional Brigitte Shakespeare of Cognitive Law in Eastbourne is showing her support for Good Divorce Week 2020 by offering free telephone advice sessions to families later this month. Good Divorce Week is an annual campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their... Read more »

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Helpful tips on funding your divorce

For many people, one of the biggest concerns they have when facing divorce proceedings is how to pay for their legal costs.  For some, the family finances as a whole will already be limited and any extra expenditure will exceed income; for others, they may not have control over the family finances and will therefore... Read more »

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10 things to remember when someone dies

A BASIC GUIDE TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATE  英国での遺産手続きについて覚えておくべき基本事項10項 This article provides English and Japanese speakers with the first steps to take when a loved one passes away. When someone dies, a number of things should be organised – including various documents to be collected, checked and completed. This is a quick guide when dealing... Read more »

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Free family law advice during lockdown

It is an exceptionally challenging time for those people already experiencing difficulties in their relationship but help and advice are still very much available. To offer my support during this unprecendented time, I would like to help those who may be struggling in their relationship. Whether their are problems in the relationship itself or difficulty... Read more »

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Later Life Planning Under Lockdown

Given the global crisis created by the novel coronavirus disease (COVID 19), many people urgently wish to make important later life decisions. Prior to COVID 19, they would have created a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney, which includes a section on life sustaining treatment, but in view of lengthy court delays waiting for... Read more »

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Later life meetings go virtual at Barchester’s Mortain Place Residential Home

Cognitive Law’s Later Life Solicitor, Richard Bates, is using virtual technology to continue his weekly presence at Barchester’s Mortain Place Residential Home in Eastbourne, all from his office in Brighton. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Richard worked from Mortain Place every Tuesday, acting as their in-home legal adviser to residents and their families. His weekly... Read more »

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Help for Domestic Abuse Victims

With lockdown measures in place in the UK as of 24th March it is feared that there could be a rise in domestic violence. Mandatory lockdowns mean that victims of domestic violence are trapped inside with their abusers and cut off from the people and resources usually available to help them. It is a scary... Read more »

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Guidance on child arrangements during the coronavirus lockdown

Following the lockdown announcement last Monday evening, we have received further guidance from the Head of Family Justice on how best to advise separated families on the arrangements for their children. I know many people are worried about whether they are doing the right thing, especially where they have a Child Arrangements Order in place... Read more »

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Making wills during the coronavirus pandemic

In light of current circumstances we have seen an increase in enquiries from people worried about updating their wills and powers of attorney. Many people are concerned as to whether this can be done without having any face to face contact. We would like to reassure you that our Wills team are here to help... Read more »

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