News & Updates

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Fiona Ashworth

TSP APPOINTS FIONA ASHWORTH TO LEAD ITS WILLS AND ESTATES TEAM.

21 August 2014: Colchester and Clacton–based solicitors, Thompson Smith and Puxon (TSP), are pleased to announce the appointment of Fiona Ashworth as Head of the firm’s Wills and Estates team. 

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Shelley Cumbers, Family solicitor

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

19th August 2014: As an experienced family lawyer, I have found a common thread for parents involved in relationship breakdown – their shared desire to put the best interests of their children first. When a relationship breaks down there are many issues which parents must deal with regarding the arrangements for their children. These include key decisions relating to the child’s upbringing, such as deciding what school their child should attend, what medical treatment they should receive and matters relating to their religion. Parents must also decide the practical day-to-day arrangements concerning where the child will live and how much time they will spend with each parent. An issue often connected to the arrangements for children whose parents have separated relates to the legal concept of “Parental Responsibility” and this will be the focus of today’s article.

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Emma Town

BUILDING REGULATIONS

13 August 2014: In my last column I explained that planning permission is not always required for certain building work such as single-storey extensions, the addition of a conservatory, and a garage or loft conversion for example. This type of work is mostly considered to be permitted development providing certain limits and conditions are met, although you should always check what permissions are needed in relation to any work that you have planned.

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Prenuptial agreements

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS

12 August 2014: Whilst the idea of signing a prenuptial agreement might not be a particularly romantic one for many couples planning their wedding, such agreements are becoming increasingly common. This is hardly surprising given that 42% of marriages are expected to end in divorce.  Prenuptial agreements are seen as a practical way of agreeing how the financial affairs will be dealt with if a couple’s relationship breaks down. Shelley Cumbers, Family and Divorce Law solicitor at Thompson Smith and Puxon explains.

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Stable 6 Colchester

REMEMBERING THE 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR 1

4 August 2014: 100 years ago today Britain kept a promise made in a treaty of 1839 to defend Belgium and declared war on Germany, thus entering World War One.

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