Blended Families: Protecting your loved ones
A family law and private client seminar on the changing family landscape.
The simple definition of a blended family is a family that consists of two adults and the child or children from previous relationships. In a blended family, inheritance planning to properly provide for your loved ones can prove tricky. How do you organise your assets to ensure your new spouse or partner is provided for while also protecting inheritance for your own children? If you do not take steps to put the proper legal documentation in place, there is no guarantee that what you want to happen will actually happen! Relying on your spouse or children to 'work it out' is risky and can lead to upset, family conflicts and financial hardship. It can also lead to lengthy and costly legal battles.
One of the biggest myths in English law is that by living together you acquire rights as "a common law husband or wife" This is completely untrue but for many people they only discover this on the death of one of the couple or on the relationship breaking down.
This seminar will guide you through your options to help you make the best decision for you and your family. Included will be:
- Inheritance – the difference between married and unmarried couples
- Estate Planning – what challenges do blended families face?
- Updating your Will - protecting your own children and providing for your new spouse
- Cohabitation agreements
- Pre-nuptial agreements – not just for the rich and famous
- What happens if when a relationship breaks down?
- How we can assist, using case studies as illustrations
Jennifer Nash, Wills, Trusts and Probate Solicitor.
Caroline Eaton, Family Solicitor.
'I recently attended a Gift for the Future presentation with Marie Curie, where Jennifer Nash was presenting. Jenny was absolutely excellent! I learnt so much; she was friendly, approachable, empathetic and delivered what could have been a very dry and boring presentation with humour and professionalism. I would have no hesitation recommending anyone to attend one of Jenny's legal briefings'.
I would further like to add that my experience generally of Clapham & Collinge has been totally positive. Their service has of course been exemplary and is only bettered by the attitude of their staff, amply demonstrated by Jennifer and all her colleagues whom it has been my pleasure to deal with over the last year. ' Clive Evans