Author: Clayton Miller

Clayton spent five years working in family law with a firm in Australia before moving to the UK in 1999. He deals with all aspects of family law, specialising in all family matters, offshore trusts, company structures, international law, prenuptial agreements, high net worth cases and cohabitation law.

What Is a Private Client Solicitor?

If you require bespoke legal advice pertaining to a vast range of matters, especially those consisting of high-worth assets, you’ll want to seek the help of a private client solicitor. Private client solicitors work with individuals and families, providing legal advice on matters such as investments, estate management, taxation and wills. Private clients are usually high-net-worth or ultra-high-net-worth individuals or landowners who possess large amounts of property and other assets. Private client solicitors also tend to deal with charities, which may be small, non-profit associations or large organisations that run like fully-fledged businesses and have substantial budgets. How Can a…

What Is Financial Disclosure?

During a divorce, there are many circumstances when those involved will be required to financially disclose their assets. Financial disclosure is a full statement of your current financial earnings and any assets, along with supporting documents, which act as proof. We look at the definition of financial disclosure, what it comprises and how important it is — along with the consequences of attempting to disguise your financial position. What Does Financial Disclosure Involve? While many divorces are resolved amicably, in other cases, a divorce settlement can be a long, drawn-out and bitter battle. When significant assets are at play, for…

How Cohabitation Agreements Can Benefit Unmarried Couples

Cohabitation agreements are a huge benefit for unmarried couples in need of structure and security for many aspects of their relationship. These aspects can include short and long-term finances — as well as more complicated matters such as fairly dividing assets in the event of a break-up. In 2018, the number of men and women who got married was the lowest on record, demonstrating many couples are content with a committed relationship without feeling obligated to tie the knot. In these situations,  the relationship often shares all the trademarks of a marriage, such as sharing a family home, raising children…

4 Things We Learnt from Jeff Bezos’ High-Net-Worth Divorce

The divorce of Jeff Bezos and his wife has amassed thousands of news stories, but now that they have reached an agreement, what have we learnt from such a high-profile high-net-worth divorce? Jeff Bezos is the CEO and Founder of Amazon, a company he established on July 5th 1994 and that went on to become an eCommerce giant. He is currently the wealthiest man alive and the first person to accumulate a $100 billion (£80.6 billion) fortune, which now stands at $137 billion (£109.6 billion). With that said, his financial situation is about to change following his recent divorce. In…

Inheritance and Divorce: Can Your Spouse Take Your Inheritance?

When a couple marries, many solely owned assets (or pre-acquired assets) will change in nature and may become treated as joint assets. These so-called matrimonial assets can then be contested in the event of a divorce, with both parties claiming a right to a share. As a result, many people are concerned about whether a spouse can take a share of inherited assets. We explore the reality of inheritance and divorce. Can Your Spouse Take Your Inheritance? In most cases, inheritance acquired during the marriage would be considered a matrimonial asset, meaning that it forms part of the “joint pot”…

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