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Everyone thinks their case is straightforward. However, you’re unlikely to be aware of the many pitfalls which can trap the unwary and jeopardise your future. We are experts, we spot and avoid problems before they cost you time, money and unnecessary worry.
Our legal knowledge and experience means we recognise the unique features in each case, spot potential problems and complications and take early action to iron out difficulties.
Lawyers without our depth of experience will generally identify problems too late or miss them completely, costing you time, money and unnecessary stress.
Worse still, if you don’t use a solicitor at all for your divorce, you leave yourself even more vulnerable to very costly mistakes.
Some examples of common mistakes people can fall into are (and this is not an exhaustive list):
We are experts, we spot and avoid these problems before they cost you time, money and unnecessary worry.
Our client was part of a farming family, where her husband operated a farm with his father. When the husband provided details of his finances, he claimed that he was worth little money and that it was his father who was the one who owned the farm.
Whenever third parties have an interest in property held by one or both parties to the marriage, it tends to be necessary to determine the extent of that party’s interests and how that interest should be dealt with within the proceedings. If some or all of the property is subject to a tenancy, this may affect its value if it is not sold with vacant possession. In the case of commercial property, a tenancy may increase the value.
In this situation, a valuation had to be obtained on the totality of the family interest as well as other matters such as the farming machinery and stock.
An expert valuation was obtained on the farming business to establish income potential and establish liabilities in terms of tax. We secured the services of a specialist valuer to establish the true value of the farm. We also used our expertise to prove that the husband had an interest in the land and assets which he claimed were owned by his father.
By identifying and tackling these issues head on right from the start we were able to agree a fair and much enhanced settlement that provided for our client whilst also securing the future of the family farm and agricultural business.
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