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What is Employment law?

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An area of law that governs the relationship between an ‘employer’ and an ‘employee’.

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What is Family Law?

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Family law refers to any law which affects matters relating to children or families. 

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Do I need a Will?

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If you die without a Will in England or Wales the law will decide who gets what. If you have no living family members, all your possessions and property will go to the Crown.

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What is conveyancing?

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Conveyancing is the process of transferring ownership of property or land from one person to another.

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When should I instruct a conveyancing solicitor?

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When selling Instructing before you have found a buyer gives your conveyancer the chance to review all the paperwork relating to your property in advance.
When buying a property, you will need to instruct a conveyancer as soon as an offer has been accepted as all parties will now be requesting this information. 
 

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What is a Trust?

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A trust is brought into existence when a person (called the 'settlor') transfers some of their assets to trustees (who become the legal owners) for the benefit of third parties, called 'beneficiaries' (the beneficial owners). A trust is a legal entity in itself. Another word for a trust is a settlement.

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How do I start divorce proceedings?

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A divorce can be started so long as you have been married for at least one year. A divorce petition is prepared and submitted to the Court. The other party then receives an acknowledgment form. You can then proceed to the Decree Nisi stage (the interim divorce order) and, after waiting six weeks and one day, you can apply for the Decree Absolute (the final divorce order).

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What is a divorce?

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Divorce is the dissolution or end of a marriage. The process is started by filing a divorce petition with
the Court and is ended when the Court issues a decree absolute.

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What is a probationary period?

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Probationary period is a limited period of time after the employee starts working for the company during which either party has the right to terminate the agreement.
 

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Can someone be employed on fixed-term contract?

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Yes - on the basis that the contract will terminate at a future date when a specific ‘term’ expires.

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What is the Employment Tribunal?

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The Employment Tribunal provides a legally binding judgement for employment disputes. In most cases there are usually a panel of 3 people, consisting of a legally qualified Judge and two non-legal, lay people who have experience within employment workplaces.
 

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How much notice should I be given for redundancy?

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The statutory notice periods for redundancy are:

- One week notice if employed for between one month and two years.

- One week notice for each year employed if between two and twelve years.

- Twelve weeks notice if employed for twelve years or more.
 

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What is a common law spouse?

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Common law spouse is not a real status, regardless of how long you have been together. If you live with your partner you are cohabitees and the legal principles that apply will depend on your circumstances. Matrimonial law does not apply.

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What is a Prenuptial agreement?

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A prenuptial agreement is and agreement entered into before you marry, and will set out how you wish your assets to be divided in the event that your marriage breaks down. Prenuptial agreements are not formally binding in England and Wales.
 

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Who is allowed to make a Will?

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Any person aged over 18 years of age can make a Will. However, members of the Armed Forces who are on active duty are able to make a Will once they turn 17 years of age.
 

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Can I make a will for free?

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You may be able to make a free will using one the charity run free will schemes we work with including Cancer Research UK Free Will Offer

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