Family law is unlike any other area of legal work. Those needing family law advice and support are often going through one of the most challenging personal situations they will ever encounter.
Whether they have chosen to end their relationship or not they will be facing significant changes in their life; changes that will be practical, financial and emotional. They need expert legal advice coupled with support and empathy as they try and make long term decisions about their future.
Our family team has an exceptional reputation for handling family law work at all levels. Our family law solicitors understand that our clients need our care and support as well as our legal expertise. Between us we have over 100 years experience in family law work. We look after anyone who needs our help whatever their financial status. We have extensive experience in dealing with family law issues involving farms, businesses and pensions. We recognise that the advice we offer must be realistic, pragmatic and cost effective. We will do all we can to help our clients resolve their issues in a non confrontational way but at the same time know that litigation cannot always be avoided. Our focus is on achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients at the lowest possible cost, both financial and emotional. Whether your issues are being settled by agreement or through litigation you can be sure that our service will be robust, supportive and efficient.
In addition to helping families resolve issues that arise when relationships break down we’re also expert in helping them take steps that can minimise the difficulties that could occur if a relationship fails. Using our family law expertise in conjunction with financial planning can save significant financial and emotional costs at a later date.
All the members of the legal team are members of Resolution which is a national organisation of specialist family lawyers. Two members of the legal team are accredited members of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel and one is an accredited specialist with Resolution. We can offer mediation or work with clients within the Collaborative Law process. We have experience too in helping clients through arbitration as an alternative means of resolving issues.
Talk to our family law solicitors about issues relating to:
- Civil partnerships
- Collaborative law
- Divorce and separation
- Financial resolution
- Pre and post nuptial agreements
- Occupation and ownership of the family home
- Non molestation orders
Our partner Michael looks at what makes a will and how they work, starting with revocation. Michael specialises in wills and inheritance disputes which means he is well position to explain this area and consider what happen when things go wrong.
The execution of a will, in most circumstances, revokes an earlier one.
A revocation clause, usually found at the start of a will, ensures there can be no doubt that the testator wanted their new will to replace an earlier one.
All of us at Stokes Partners were delighted to host Archie from Reminiscence Learning last week.
Reminiscence Learning is an amazing Somerset based charity specialising in raising awareness of dementia across communities and generations, providing respite activity to support carers and those they care for and organising training sessions, carer support groups and community activity sessions.
One of Somerset’s most forward-thinking law firms, Stokes Partners, has joined as Somerset Day’s new Official Legal Partner. Based in the heart of Somerset, Stokes Partners are proud of their Somerset roots and passionate about providing high quality personal service to individuals and businesses in Somerset and beyond.
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