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Bespoke Law Services: Why Your Case Needs a Unique Approach

Bespoke Law Services: Why Your Case Needs a Unique Approach

As family lawyers with experience in all aspects of family law, we have dealt with a vast range of situations. From the many cases we have worked on, it’s clear that a creative and varied approach is always best to ensure that we are offering the highest-quality, bespoke law services available. Legal proceedings — especially those involving your immediate family — can be a challenging and life-changing experience. Take divorce, for example. The prospect of changes to your finances, living arrangements and your children’s futures all mean that your choice of divorce solicitor is crucial. While experience and knowledge are vital attributes for your family lawyer to have, it’s also incredibly beneficial to have a legal representative who opts for a unique approach to ensure you get the resolution you’re hoping for. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the advantages of doing so. Family Lawyers Who Listen to Your Needs Legal matters can be stressful at the best of times, but when it involves family, the stakes even higher. It’s for this reason that the first step in our process is to listen to what you have to say. This gives us a clear idea of your current situation and the best possible approach for a successful outcome. We do this by offering a FREE no-obligation consultation. While some family lawyers have a standard process for all clients, we believe that listening to our clients and gaining in-depth knowledge of their issues will help to craft a more efficient service. It also helps us to establish which services they will require over the course...
What is a Prenup? 5 Important Things to Know

What is a Prenup? 5 Important Things to Know

Although the divorce rate in the UK has gradually reduced over the last ten years or so, there are still plenty of people untying the knot. A divorce is an unfortunate, difficult, and costly experience — and one of the ways people preempt the expense of their marriage ending is with a prenup. Prenuptial agreements are still a relatively new concept when you consider how long marriage has been around. Therefore it’s always a good idea to get a firm grasp on some of the more important aspects – as well as seeking the advice of a family lawyer — before you go ahead with anything. In this post, we’ll point out a few crucial things to know before you get a prenuptial agreement. 1. What is a Prenup? A prenuptial agreement or ‘prenup’ is an agreement between a couple before their marriage that allows them to plan ahead in case they get divorced. While this may not seem like the most romantic prospect, it can definitely prove to be an asset when it comes to ensuring you both get a fair share while avoiding hostility. A prenup establishes the ownership of assets, money, property, and anything else you may have accumulated as a couple. It then sets out how these things will be divided in the event of your marriage coming to an end. Here at KMJ Solicitors, our family lawyers specialise in creating prenuptial agreements that suit the needs of all involved. We work closely with clients to understand their requirements and concerns, writing up an agreement that guarantees the security of your money and assets in the...
Do I Need a Divorce Solicitor in London?

Do I Need a Divorce Solicitor in London?

Ensuring that you have the best legal assistance during a divorce is essential for a smooth and hassle-free transition back into single life. London divorce solicitors are among the finest in the world and your best bet during this challenging period. There are fewer moments in life that are more poignant and life-changing than a divorce. Due to the emotional strain involved, you can often find yourself absent-minded during a time where there’s much to consider, such as a change of living arrangement and the possibility of financial instability. It’s for this reason that a high-quality family lawyer will prove to be an invaluable resource — and it just so happens that the UK’s capital is home to many of the finest family lawyers in the world, let alone the country. Hiring a Professional Should be Your First Step The legal proceedings of a divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotionally testing times of your life, which is why the support of a professional will benefit you immensely. This will ensure the best possible chance obtaining your fair share of the marital assets and relieve a lot of the stress brought on by confusing paperwork. The expense of hiring a divorce lawyer may tempt people to handle the legal side of things without assistance. Granted, this means you won’t have to pay for the services they provide, but it also means that you won’t benefit from their knowledge. The outcome of your divorce, therefore, could end up costing you a lot more in the grand scheme of things. For the health and finances of so many,...
International Family Law: 3 Things You Must Know About Divorce

International Family Law: 3 Things You Must Know About Divorce

Regular divorces have the potential to be difficult and stressful, to begin with, but international family law comes with additional rules and regulations that can put a few extra spanners in the works. It’s for this reason that working alongside a divorce solicitor who specialises in these types of cases will be vital to ensure the best possible outcome. International family law pertains to the various situations (such as divorce, cohabitation, child law, etc.) that fall under the umbrella of family law, but with the inclusion of a foreign component. Naturally, this will complicate things somewhat as other countries have their own laws, some of which may differ substantially to that of your homeland, making the legal process more complex. Hiring a legal representative, such as a divorce solicitor, is an important first step to ensure you get the best possible resolution. International family law is a specialist skill set that isn’t possessed by all divorce lawyers, but when it comes to cases that involve a foreign element, it’s vital for your choice of solicitor to be adept with these situations. In this post, we’ll take a look at international divorce and highlight a few key aspects that are worth taking note of. 1.  Hire a Divorce Solicitor Immediately When it comes to international family law cases, it’s vital to hire a family lawyer as soon as possible. This will allow you to get the ball rolling as soon as possible, which will prove to be crucial if you have foreign policies to navigate and account for. Communication with your partner will be crucial to ensure that you both...
Should I See a Solicitor Before Signing a Prenuptial Agreement?

Should I See a Solicitor Before Signing a Prenuptial Agreement?

The answer is, yes.  If you do not seek legal advice, there is a chance that the prenuptial agreement (or prenup) will not be valid. In the UK, pre-nuptial agreements are not yet legally binding or completely enforceable. However, since 2010 (following the widely-reported case of Radmacher v Granatino, where the prenup was upheld), the family courts have attributed more significance to the existence of a prenup when considering how the assets of divorcing parties’ should be divided between them. The decision of how much weight a prenup is given, if any, is determined by the court, taking its existence into account as one relevant factor of the case. Over the last decade, people have become increasingly commercially ambitious and there has been a more prominent focus on wealth management. Thus, more couples seek to protect their assets with the help of a prenup. The Law Commission recognised these changes and issued the following, helpful guidance on how to give prenups the best chance of being upheld upon divorce:    The agreement must be entered into by both parties freely and of their own will (and not under duress or under any sort of misrepresentation);    Both parties must have received, full disclosure about the other party’s financial situation before signing the document;    The agreement must be a formal Deed and must contain a Statement of Truth, signed by both parties recognising that the agreement is a qualifying nuptial agreement and stating that the disclosure given is honest and full disclosure;    The agreement must be entered into more than 28 days before the date of the wedding or civil partnership;    Both...
Family Law & Domestic Violence: Quick Facts to Understand Your Rights

Family Law & Domestic Violence: Quick Facts to Understand Your Rights

For many people, divorce is a sad time where heartbreak and fear for the future come into play. But as a victim of domestic violence, it’s an opportunity for a new beginning, away from your former spouse. Domestic violence is a sensitive subject and, for this reason, it’s vital that you understand your rights and consult a family lawyer. Domestic abuse comes in many different forms, whether it’s violent, emotional, or sexual — and unfortunately, it’s a something that occurs all over the world. As a victim of domestic violence, a divorce is a very brave and admirable decision, as many people opt to remain in abusive relationships for one reason or another. When abuse has occurred in a relationship, it instantly alters the fabric of the divorce case. Therefore, it’s vital to understand your rights to ensure the best possible outcome for yourself and your children, if you have kids. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few of the rights you have that your family lawyer should enforce, to make sure the proceedings are as hassle-free and safe as possible. If Necessary, a Restraining Order Should be Put in Place With divorces involving domestic abuse, the top priority is the safety of yourself or your family. Preventing your former spouse attempting to steer the divorce proceedings in their direction with intimidating behaviour is also essential. The solution to these issues is a restraining order, which could be put in place on a short-term basis to ensure a less stressful divorce, or long-term to give you the best chance of starting anew. To some people, a...
Best Divorce Lawyers for Men: What Makes a Good Divorce Lawyer? | KMJ Divorce Solicitors

Best Divorce Lawyers for Men: What Makes a Good Divorce Lawyer? | KMJ Divorce Solicitors

While there’s no argument that a divorce is a difficult time for everyone involved, one thing that has been debated is that men are treated unfairly by family courts. Although this isn’t a fact, it can be a serious concern, which is why it’s vital to seek the best divorce lawyers for men going through a break-up. To say that the end of a marriage is more difficult for one partner often makes no sense, as every divorce is unique. From our experience, it’s equally as challenging for both parties. Each half of a married couple, whether you’re a male or female, will experience the same life changes and emotional distress following a break-up. Coming to terms with your divorce is often the most challenging part for people, but your first step should always be the same: seek the help of a divorce solicitor. Of course, just picking any divorce solicitor is not enough if you’re looking for sound representation and peace of mind. To help you establish what makes good divorce lawyers so good, we’ll highlight a few of the characteristics of a high-quality divorce solicitor and exactly how they can help you. Good Divorce Lawyers Should be Friendly and Approachable The emotional distress of your marriage breaking down can make you feel vulnerable and severely concerned about what’s to come. It’s for this reason that the person who you’ll be trusting to handle your legal needs should be someone that’s approachable, friendly and sympathetic to your situation. Here at KMJ Solicitors, we have a team of experienced and vastly knowledgeable family lawyers. Working with clients on a...
New Year, New Chapter? A London Divorce Solicitor Can Help You in 2018

New Year, New Chapter? A London Divorce Solicitor Can Help You in 2018

For many of us, the beginning of the year is when we choose to make resolutions and life changes. If that change for you is to bring a difficult marriage to a close, a London divorce solicitor can definitely help you in the New Year. Without a doubt, a divorce is one of the most testing times in regards to emotional strain, a change of living arrangement, as well as the financial impact it tends to have. On the other hand, though, the end of a marriage can be a positive thing. After a long period of difficulties and struggles, you close the door on an unhappy situation and begin to plan a new chapter in your life. Whichever way you choose to look at it, the outcome of your divorce relies heavily on the quality of legal help you enlist. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the benefits of hiring an efficient divorce solicitor, and why it will be essential for you post-divorce. Sound Advice During and After Your Break-Up A divorce can be a sad, stressful and often scary time due to the uncertainty of what is to come. Going from a marriage that allowed you to live a comfortable and financially stable life, back to being alone and having to fend for yourself, can be a very intimidating prospect to comprehend. Aside from the efficient legal services offered by a top divorce lawyer, their years of experience and knowledge are essential to advise you on the best possible course of action. This not only pertains to the divorce proceedings, but also how to adjust to...
Why a Top Divorce Lawyer is Vital for a Hassle-Free Break Up

Why a Top Divorce Lawyer is Vital for a Hassle-Free Break Up

Although some people going through a divorce manage to emerge largely unscathed, others are not so lucky. The best way to prepare for a break-up and the ramifications of that break up is to seek the advice and legal services of a divorce lawyer. Marriage can be a wonderful union and whilst historically, divorce has been less common, in the modern age, there remains a large percentage of people who get married and then separate. Divorce is therefore more frequent in the modern era, but equally as stressful and traumatic for those involved. In this post, we highlight some of the reasons why having a divorce lawyer to assist will ensure that your separation is as hassle-free as possible. A Divorce Solicitor Helps to Relieve You of Stress and Responsibility Aside from the sadness of a broken marriage,, the stress of dealing with the countless legal aspects of a divorce can be incredibly challenging for many. This stress can often affect a person’s social life, mental health, emotional health and career. A top divorce lawyer, who will be experienced and skilled in handling such cases will be able to handle all of the legal aspects of your divorce. Not only does this relieve you of a lot of stress, but it also means that you’ll have the necessary time to take care of yourself through what is an inevitably stressful phase. As your family lawyer, we will do our utmost to make sure that your divorce is as hassle-free as possible. Our team of experienced divorce specialists will take care of all legal proceedings and paperwork to ensure that...
How to Choose a Solicitor: 5 Factors to Think About

How to Choose a Solicitor: 5 Factors to Think About

When it comes to legal matters, especially those that involve your family, your choice of representation is incredibly important. That’s why it’s vital to know how to choose a solicitor that suits your needs best.   Whether you’re in search of a divorce solicitor to handle the legal proceedings of the end of your marriage, or are in need of a family lawyer for other reasons, you need to be confident that they are capable of doing a good job. As tempting as might be, the process of finding your chosen solicitor is a crucial stage and not one to be rushed. In this article, we’ll highlight some things you need to consider to give you a better idea of how to choose a solicitor that you can rely on.   1. Your Family Lawyer Doesn’t Need to be Local Although we’re in the digital age and at the forefront of technology, people still insist on opting for a local family lawyer. Nearly all of your communication with a solicitor — even if they are local — will be via phone, post, email, or even video chat in some cases. None of these methods requires face-to-face meetings, so it makes sense choose a solicitor based on quality, not geography. Take us, for example. KMJ Solicitors is a London-based firm that represent clients from all over the UK. Does it hinder our ability to provide a high-quality service if a client doesn’t live in the London area? Absolutely not. Whether you’re 100 miles away or our next door neighbour, if you come to us for legal assistance, you’ll receive nothing...