Relationships and family life have changed vastly over the years, and in many cases the law has struggled to keep pace.
At Browell Smith & Co we have watched these changes over time and reacted to every development.
We have an experienced team with the expertise to advise on all aspects of law relating to cohabitation. Whether it is for a client who wishes to draw up a Cohabitation Agreement, a client who wishes to clarify the ownership of any assets or advice after a relationship has broken down, you can trust us to guide and support you.
It is a common misconception that cohabiting couples have the same rights as married couples. There is no such thing in English Law as “common law marriage”. Cohabitation disputes can be extremely complicated and the law develops continuously to keep up with the modern family.
Our team has extensive experience in such cases and have regularly acted for couples in cohabitation disputes, Trust of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act cases and Children Act financial applications.
You can rely on our expert advisers to listen, to support, and help achieve the best possible outcome for you.
When you first contact our family team, we will discuss your situation by email or telephone to explore how we can help you.
The next step is to arrange a meeting. This can be face-to-face, or by telephone or Skype. We will send you our terms of business setting out clearly our charges in writing before we meet you. We offer an initial fixed cost legal advice session to enable you to obtain quality legal advice tailored to your situation. This session will enable us to advise you on future costs, timescales and the best way to move your case forward.
We will follow up the session with written advice to you.
We are dedicated to our clients and feel that it is essential that we are up front and honest about our costs. We pride ourselves on being transparent with no hidden charges.
There are many ways that we can help you and the following cost options will be considered and agreed with you where possible:
• Fixed costs
• Full service representation
• Pay as you go/additional advice as things progress
• Assistance at Court packages to help support you if you choose to represent yourself in court
• Assistance at mediation package to help support your process at mediation
• Legal drafting of agreements reached at a fixed cost
We additionally work with litigation funding organisations who provide finance to enable you to fund a court case. We will work through the application process and explain the terms on which a loan may be offered.
You may also be able to seek a Legal Services Order from the court to secure your legal fees to be met from the other party. We will discuss with you whether this would be an appropriate course of action for you.
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