Posted August 25th, 2012
Liz is a fantastic solicitor and alternative dispute resolution practitioner.
Formerly the Head of the Family department at Stephensons solicitors, she is now a regular speaker and trainer in the field of collaborative law and believes that it is possible for couples to separate/ divorce with dignity and, where there are children, achieve a child focussed outcome – one where everyone will be OK. Liz is about helping parents through this transition to achieve a “good” divorce – one that is cost effective and one that allows parents to continue being parents in the future by co – parenting their children.
Liz and I are now working with colleagues on Bolton and District POD for Collaborative and Mediation services. We have a number of projects which we are collaborating on as we speak and we hope to announce further details of these in the very near future!
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Posted August 23rd, 2012
Of course, should you wish to discuss any case with a Resolution Accredited IFA I would be happy to help and where necessary I will also assist with the instruction of other professionals such as an actuary where required.
The Divorce IFA, your new Divorce Lifeline.
Posted August 15th, 2012
I am pleased to confirm that I have been re-accredited for a further five years, having recently completed the process via Resolution.
In order to qualify for re-accreditation I had to show that:
- I am a paid up affiliate member of Resolution.
- I am currently regulated by the FSA to provide Independent Financial Advice
- There are no matters affecting my competence or fitness to be held out as an accredited specialist of which Resolution should be aware.
- I have never been convicted of an offence in any court of the UK or elsewhere (other than a motoring offence not resulting in
- I continue to undertake a minimum of 36 cases per annum, or 150 hours family law case work each year and provide evidence of this for the preceding 12 months.
- Confirm that Resolution may approach a designated person for a reference in relation to the standard of my expertise.
I also had to provide the following documentary evidence:
- A schedule of case work for the 12 month period prior to my re-accreditation, demonstrating the 36 cases or 150 hours per annum
minimum casework required, and the name of the solicitor or mediator with whom I worked, or from whom the case was referred.
- A written reference from a referring family lawyer confirming the work carried out during the preceding 12 months, and that
the work was satisfactory.
- Details of my Continuing Professional Development (CPD) record for the preceding 5 years showing at least 8 hours of CPD in family law and practice topics for each year.
- The fee required by Resolution.
As you can see there is quite a lot involved in getting Reaccredited and we are serious about helping our clients get the best settlements possible. Don’t you owe to yourself to make sure the IFA you work with is this qualified.
If you want to talk please call 0800 092 1229 or email me – email@example.com
Posted March 16th, 2012
An increasing number of people are contacting us regarding how to implement pre-nuptial and post nuptial financial planning. Against the context of high profile pre-nuptial cases, it should be always borne in mind that the family courts have extremely wide powers to distribute the finances and assets of divorcing couples as they see fit.
However, it is often the case that couples, or individuals, wish to attempt to exclude the courts powers and to protect and distribute their estates as they see fit.
Often such planning is undertaken in the context of the succession planning of assets or businesses, and not only is thought being given to what might happen on the breakdown of a marriage, but
also to the issues which may occur upon death.
It should be noted that any pre-nuptial agreement should be undertaken in relation to will planning, as any will you have drawn up becomes invalid upon marriage, or re-marriage.
Therefore in any situation such as this it is important to consider not only what the courts may do in the situation of divorce, but also on death. It is certainly true to say that courts are taking more note of post and pre-nuptial agreements, and I can only see that these will become more and more of a planning opportunity for families going forward.
If this is an issue that affects you please call in confidence on 0800 0921229 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted September 26th, 2011
I have recently completed a pension sharing case where the length of time for the work from start to finish was 14 months. This is not unusual.
In this time the clients Cash Equivalent Transfer Values, and her share of them has increased by 12%. Not bad considering what the markets have done in the intervening period but more luck than judgement.
This is not always the case, and often the value of pensions etc can reduce over this period of time. So we have actually been quite lucky here.
With the implementation period being up to 4 months, it is important to get your Pension Sharing Order, Consent Order and any other documentation required by the ceding scheme to get the pension credit implemented as soon as possible. The quickest I have managed to get a pension
order and consent order implemented is less than three weeks from start to finish.
If you need assistance with your pension sharing why don’t you get in touch on 01204 663904 or email me Phil@thedivorceifa.co.uk
Posted March 29th, 2011
The period of appeal against a financial order is being extended from 14 to 21 days from 6 April 2011. This increase is set out here – http://www.justice.gov.uk/family/procrules/preview/parts/part_30.htm#IDAMDWJC
Therefore, it is essential to factor this issue into your discussions and arrange for Decree Absolute at least 28 days after the date of the pension sharing order.
In my opinion, very little thought is given to the timing of orders and this can be critical in ensuring that sufficient time is given to advising on the implementing of the pension sharing order.
If you need advice on pension sharing or on a pension sharing order, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01204 663904 or email@example.com
Posted October 21st, 2010
The coalition government has announced sweeping changes to pensions and the allowances.
These changes affect the amount that can be paid in – the annual allowance - and the amount you can hold in total in a pension – the lifetime allowance.
Find out more here – www.annualallowance.co.uk
If you need any advice, please contact me.