The numbers of people getting married has reduced significantly over recent years with more people choosing to cohabit instead. However, there is a misconception that cohabiting for a prolonged period of time creates a common law marriage and similar legal rights as married couples. This is not correct. There are significant differences in the law, including on issues such as: pensions,...Read More
If you find that you have been appointed to act as an Executor of someone’s Will, you might need to apply for a Grant of Probate (sometimes referred to as a Grant of Representation). Even if there is no Will, as next of kin, you still might need to apply for Probate, but in this instance, you would be applying for Letters of Administration (also sometimes referred to as a Grant of...Read More
The Marriage (Same Sex) Bill was given Royal Asset 17th July 2013 at 3.06pm. It is due to come into affect in Spring 2014 however, what does it mean legally and practically?
What is marriage?
The definition of marriage in 1866 in a case called Hyde v Hyde was that marriage is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. Society has changed dramatically...Read More
Johnson & Gaunt are pleased to announce that we now offer mediation for family matters.
When a relationship comes to an end it is an extremely emotional and stressful time in your life and can often be difficult to resolve such things as the practicalities of arrangements for childcare and how to divide financial assets. In such circumstances it is widely accepted that the best approach...Read More
Following the recent television coverage on the subject of lodgers, as seen in Coronation Street, the importance of thinking about what will happen to that person in the event of your death has been highlighted.
In Coronation Street, Norris has been living together quite happily in Emily’s house for 15 years. Following Emily’s recent fall, however, has prompted them both to think about what...Read More
Following the recent television coverage on the subject of surrogacy, as seen in Coronation Street and BBC drama Frankie recently it is apparent that surrogacy is being seen more often.
Surrogacy exists in two forms; the first is known as the traditional form and is where the surrogate carries the child and her egg is used. Due to the advances of science there is also host or gestational...Read More