The importance of pre-nuptial agreements

In recent years there has been a rise in the number of couples getting a pre-nuptial agreement – also known as a pre-marital agreement and commonly known as a pre-nup. In this article, we explain what a pre-nuptial agreement is, why they are important, and the reasons why you might want to consider getting one if you are getting married. What is a pre-nup? A pre-nup is a formal, written agreement made between the two people who are getting married before their marriage takes place. It details how their belongings such as property, money and other assets will be divided should their marriage unfortunately break down in the future. Is…

What you need to know about driving lessons on the motorway

From 4 June 2018 the law is changing to enable learner drivers to undertake driving lessons on the motorway. The ability to drive on the motorway is voluntary and is not a new element of the driving test. Not everyone has easy access to motorway and therefore it would be unfair to make it a mandatory part of learning to drive. Some student drivers may not wish to drive on a busy motorway until after they have passed their test and gained more experience. You can take “pass plus” lessons with you instructor after obtaining your licence should you wish to have supervision when you first decide the time is…

Divorce in same sex marriages

Divorce in same sex marriages

Same sex marriage was introduced by the Coalition Government, with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Act) being passed by Parliament on the 17th July 2013, and the first same sex marriages taking place less than a year later on the 29th March 2014. Previously, same sex couples had not been able to get married, but since 2005 had been able to enter into a Civil Partnership. The Civil Partnership Act (2004) was passed in November 2004 and took effect from 5th December 2005. Registering a Civil Partnership gave couples the same legal rights as marriage gave same sex couples. Couples who are in a civil partnership are able to convert…

The divorce process

What to expect from the divorce process

The process of getting a divorce in England and Wales will, of course, vary from case to case, as no two cases are identical. However, the basic principles behind a divorce will largely be the same, so this article explains what you can expect if you are considering getting divorced, or if you are already at the start of divorce proceedings. Firstly, the spouse that wants the divorce has to file for one. They are known as the petitioner or the applicant, and they fill in a divorce petition form that includes their full name and address and their spouse’s full name and address, and send three copies, a copy…

Well known Solicitor retires after 45 years in Boston

Richard Tinn retires from Sills & Betteridge LLP on 4th July, having started his legal career in Boston on 13th November 1967 with Grocock & Staniland (later Ringrose Law). He then set up his own firm Richard Tinn & Co. which was acquired by Sills & Betteridge in 2011. During his 45 years as a solicitor, Richard has practiced in a number of legal areas, for both private and commercial clients and very much appreciates those who have supported him and the staff he has worked with, especially those who were with him when he practised on his own. During his time in Boston, Richard was involved in several community…

Nick Flatt - Family Law Solicitor Nottingham

Family law solicitor joins Sills & Betteridge

Sills & Betteridge is delighted to announce that Nick Flatt has joined the firm as a family law specialist. Nick qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 and practices exclusively in Family Law. He will work primarily from our Nottingham office. He started his legal career with The Johnson Partnership and was a founder member of NFLA (as Family Law Group was then known).  Since then he has built an enviable reputation and won the respect of his peers by undertaking the majority of his own court work. He has a particular specialism dealing with cases in which children have suffered serious injuries and death and has successfully represented his clients…

Hollywood actor star guest at S&B sponsored charity ball

Hollywood star Samantha Morton was the star guest at the Nottingham Central Women’s Aid ball which was held at the Nottingham Council House. Sills & Betteridge has a close working relationship with NCWA and was one of the main sponsors of the event which was a key fundraiser for the Nottingham based woman’s domestic abuse charity. It was revealed that Samantha would be the first patron of the local charity in September last year. The event attracted over 100 guests and featured a steel drum performance, limbo dancing and a raffle (where one of the prizes was visiting Samantha on set). In total, the event should raise over £2,000. NCWA,…

What happens to your estate if you don’t leave a Will?

Most people will know what a Will is. It is a legal document which details how a person would like their “Estate” (which is made up of assets such as property, money and possessions) to be distributed after they pass away. The person who is making the Will is known as the “testator”. The two main reasons for leaving a Will are to protect your children and to provide for the people for whom you want to provide, which is why it is so important to make a Will. Whilst most people know what a Will is, a surprisingly large number of people pass away without leaving a Will. They…

What rights do cohabiting couples have when their partner dies?

Recent research carried out by the insurance company Direct Line showed that 38% – more than one third – of cohabiting couples living in the UK were unsure of what their rights would be should their partner pass away without leaving a will, and that one in ten cohabiting couples wrongly believed that they would be automatically entitled to inherit their partner’s share of any property that they lived in together. However, this is not the case. A surviving partner will only inherit if this is stated in the deceased partner’s will. This can come as an extremely nasty surprise to some people who are already mourning following the loss…

Sills & Betteridge sponsoring Music at Doddington

We are delighted to be sponsoring Doddington Hall’s Music Concert Series 2018. As part of this series, Doddington Hall will be welcoming international pianist and Wigmore Hall regular, Melvyn Tan, to the venue for a very special evening of Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt on Sunday 27th May 2018. Doddington Hall are inviting attendees to explore the romantic gardens and famous Iris display, have a glass of prosecco on the private terrace and then listen to wonderful classical music in the beauty of the Long Gallery. About Melvyn Tan Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances…