While Christmas is a time of celebration for most people, there are those for whom the holiday season is not a cause for fun and frivolity.
If you’re facing a problem this Christmas, we may be able to help – and we’re always here to lend a compassionate ear to any enquiries, however sensitive they may be.
The end of one year, and the beginning of another, is a traditional time to consider major life changes, and the divorce rate often peaks in the first months of the year.
We can help you to decide the best approach if your marriage is going through difficult times – including the essential but stressful admin of the process, such as setting up individual finances for couples who previously shared a joint account, and changing your name if you choose to revert to your unmarried name.
But while divorce often grabs the headlines, it’s not the only difficulty faced at this time of year, and many other family relationships come under the spotlight particularly in the festive season.
If you’re facing a long-term or terminal illness, the focus on family around Christmas may have reminded you of the need to get your legal affairs in order.
We can help with wills – including video wills, to leave your loved ones a visual reminder and a personal message – and with powers of attorney, if you’re likely to reach a stage where you are unable to handle your own legal affairs.
If you have a disability that is life-limiting but not a threat to your immediate life expectancy, we can help again, either with powers of attorney (if appropriate), or with the pursuit of compensation if your condition was caused by another’s negligence.
And finally, if you have elderly relatives who are becoming unable to look after themselves, we can make similar arrangements.
These can include powers of attorney, to allow you to care for them in a legal capacity, along with wills that accurately respect their wishes, and property protection trusts to keep their financial interests safe.
If you’re facing difficult times this Christmas, on these or any other legal issues, we are here to listen and to advise, without obligation.