PURPOSE The purpose of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (4-9 May 2021) is to encourage important conversations regarding mental illness during pregnancy and/or after giving birth and signposting women and their families to dedicated organisations offering advice, information and support to enable recovery. The Facts According to The Mental Health Foundation, the most common…
The procedure for resolving financial issues that arise when a marriage breaks down has been well tried and tested and will apply whether the issues are being dealt with through mediation, the courts or between solicitors.
On 31st May 2021, a new system will come into force for dealing with whiplash injuries arising out of a road traffic accident (RTA). This system is a complete overhaul of whiplash claims as we know it.
THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY IN PLACE
You may recently have seen Kate Garraway’s heart-breaking story of her husband Derek’s year-long battle with Covid. The situation has been made even more complicated by the lack of legal protection she and Derek had in place.
If you believe that you, or a member of your family, have received substandard or negligent care, you may wish to send a letter of complaint to the NHS Trust or the individual responsible for that care.
Child Maintenance cases down as more parents agree voluntary arrangements
In figures produced recently by the Department of Work and Pensions, the number of open cases handled by Child Maintenance Services (CMS) has dropped from 75,000 in June 2020, to 71,700 in September 2020.
New guidance to protect victims of domestic abuse in the Family Courts
To attend and give evidence at a Family Court hearing is a daunting prospect for anyone. However, for those who have suffered abuse at the hands of their ex-partner, the stress of attending court will, undoubtedly, be increased.
Leaving Reviews Online – What you need to consider
The attached article published by Legal Futures highlights the risks involved in leaving online reviews against any business. It seems commonplace these days for many people to turn to online reviews to vent their frustration when a service has not met their expectations. However, the attached article highlights the risks in doing this. If you…
We reported in March 2020 that the Whiplash reforms had been pushed back due to the Covid-19 health crisis. The Reforms have recently been pushed back again, until May 2021, but are still set to go ahead.
CONGRATULATIONS FROM MAXWELL HODGE SOLICITORS TO OUR NEWLY QUALIFIED SOLICITOR OLIVIA KILGALLON
Maxwell Hodge are delighted and proud to announce that one of their Trainee Solicitors, Olivia Kilgallon, recently became a fully qualified Solicitor. Olivia joined Maxwell Hodge on 12th June 2017 as a Paralegal, commencing her Training Contract on 14th April 2019, and subsequently being admitted as a Solicitor on 15th October 2020. Olivia…
Parliamentary Taskforce reports Kinship carers are being failed
In a recent report compiled by the Parliamentary Taskforce on Kinship Care, it was revealed that many kinship carers found huge disparities with how cases were being dealt with depending on which local authority was overseeing matters.
Returning to school is a big deal for children, particularly in light of Coronavirus and the changes introduced at schools to ensure health and safety, such as social distancing, smaller class groups and different start and finish times, amongst other measures.
Are you considering separating from your spouse? Here is what you need to know…
There is a common misconception that a trip to the solicitors for some marital advice is the beginning of the end when a couple is going through marital difficulties, with Divorce proceedings following shortly thereafter.
Can my ex partner stop our child returning to school in September?
For many parents, the end of the school holidays can provide them with a sense of relief. However, quite understandably, while the Covid-19 outbreak is still around, there is a great deal more hesitation for parents surrounding children returning to school during September.
New Survey aims to identify further support needed for Kinship Carers
Kinship carers play a valuable role in children’s lives. The national charity, Grandparents Plus has launched its “State of the Nation” survey to gather information from kinship carers as to the challenges they currently face.
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors announce new Property Team Leader
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors are delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Neary as their new Leader of the Property Team. Lisa joined the company in October 2015. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, having qualified in October 2008. Lisa is based at both Huyton and Woolton offices. She has 18…
This is a question that our clients are always worried about when they are owed money by a third party (the Defendant). They may have tried to get their money back by asking both verbally and in writing, yet nothing has been received.
In modern Britain, cohabitation is a more popular option for couples than ever before. Sadly, some cohabiting couples fail to realise that they do not enjoy the same rights and legal protection as a married couple or civil partners
The stress and commitment required by armed forces personnel can put added stress on a relationship, which in turn can lead to spouses separating. Sadly, for many the damage is irreparable, and often ends in break-up and divorce.
CHILD CONTACT FOR PARENTS SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES
Undertaking a lengthy tour away from home can be tough, spending long periods away from loved ones. This can be even more problematic when a relationship breaks down and there are children making it difficult to continue a relationship with the child.
I am pleased to note that the Divorce, Separation and Dissolution bill is now reaching the final stage before it becomes law, despite the added complication of the Covid-19 outbreak bringing the country into lockdown. The bill aims to introduce the much needed “no fault” divorce and consign the fault based divorce into the dustbin…
At Maxwell Hodge we get asked many questions and in these uncertain times people may be unclear as to how to find answers. This blog aims to answer some of the key questions facing people in family law.
What is Stress? Stress is the body’s reaction to change. Naturally, we use physical, mental and emotional responses to deal with any change that requires an adjustment or response and therefore, stress is a normal part of life.
Claims involving medical negligence and personal injury during lockdown
The Covid-19 health crisis has meant that we are mostly confined to our homes, working from home, home schooling our children and trying to stay safe. Except for Key Workers, life is almost entirely on hold. However, for some of our clients they still have claims which require attention.
The issue of movement during lockdown is a hot topic at the moment. It is of particular interest to those people who were contemplating separation when the lockdown was announced or have decided to separate during or because of the lockdown.
The increase in use of technology has been on the Family Court’s agenda for a number of years now. However, the current Covid-19 outbreaks have propelled the Courts forward into embracing new technology.
Domestic Abuse – The Concerns during the Covid-19 Lockdown
The issue of domestic abuse is a long-standing concern within the UK. Obviously with the current lockdown, many domestic abuse campaigners remain concerned about the impact this will have on those victims of domestic abuse.
Whilst the Covid-19 virus is sweeping across the world and taking lives, it is also taking the livelihood away from people and reducing income. If you have been paying maintenance to your ex-partner what can you do if you have lost your job or are on furlough?
With the increase of online divorce providers, many people are turning away from specialist lawyers when they want a divorce and instead opting to go online to “speed up” the process. But this approach doesn’t always mean a smooth ride.
The Civil Liability Act 2018 brought about proposed changes to Road Traffic Accident claims. These changes are not yet in force however, statutory instruments are being passed through parliament to bring in these changes. The changes should have been in force in April 2020 however, have now been pushed back to August 2020. With the…
Further guidance to parents with Child Arrangements Orders
Following Boris Johnson’s announcement indicating that we all should remain home for the next 3 weeks, many separated parents with children were left confused as to what this may mean for their child arrangements.
Your Solicitor will discuss the potential to settle your claim throughout the claims process. Medical evidence will be needed to value your injuries together with any other reports to value your financial losses. Our Guides on Damages and Expert Evidence detail these processes.
Personal safety is a huge issue within the UK. Domestic abuse can take many forms including violence, verbal abuse and controlling behaviour. It is therefore vitally important to know what protection is available to you. Remember, you don’t have to put up with abuse of any sort, so do seek help.
Common myths in Divorce and Financial Remedy Matters
For many of the clients we see at our offices, the first meeting with a lawyer can be a daunting prospect. One contributing factor to this is the number of myths that exist within family law, with clients very often being given misleading information prior to attending an appointment. This article aims to dispel a…
A Solicitor may have to issue a claim for a number of reasons. If liability is in dispute, a settlement cannot be reached or there is a deadline approaching for your claim, then court proceedings may be issued. Issued means sending the details of your claim to the court. The court will then process the…
Loneliness, low self-esteem and difficulty managing mental health in a relationship can all heighten due to Valentine’s day and whether or not we are in a loving relationship, we can all feel left out on days like Valentine’s day.
Since the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was first introduced in 1964 victims of violent crimes could make a claim against the Government for the injuries they suffered. This was introduced as a way of allowing the victim to recover what they should have received from their assailant by way of compensation.
Habits provide the basis for our most positive outcomes in life; mindfulness, becoming fitter/stronger and giving work our full attention – but our habits nevertheless create most of the problems that we encounter in our lives, such as getting lost for hours on social media instead of being present for the people we love.
It has been recently reported that the Divorce, Separation and Dissolution Bill is again being brought before parliament. The Bill, which aims to introduce the much needed “no fault” divorce, has been re-introduced to parliament following formation of the new government.
Make “putting your affairs in order” a priority for this year
After the excesses of Christmas have been enjoyed, thoughts often turn to New Year’s Resolutions that many of us struggle to maintain. This year, in addition to perhaps exercising more, eating healthier and drinking less, let us at Maxwell Hodge offer some other considerations for 2020: Make a new Will or review your existing one,…
Depending on the type of accident which has caused your serious injury, your Solicitor will be particularly interested in any evidence you have to prove your case. As the Claimant, the burden of proving the other party is at fault rests with you.
Deciding to get help with care is a stressful time. Placing yourself or a loved one in care is a difficult decision that often comes at a time when you do not have time to consider the legalities of care services.
Christmas arrangements for children, plan now to avoid an “un-merry Christmas”
We are now just under a month away from Christmas. Whilst for many of us we haven’t even thought about putting up the Christmas decorations, for separating couples, urgent thought needs to be given to the arrangements for their children.
Maxwell Hodge has a legal duty of care to all employees, which means that all possible steps need to be taken to protect individual wellbeing and provide necessary, and sometimes crucial, support. Maintaining a healthy workplace is a priority.
For many separating couples, they will have heard of the term of “co-parenting.” The official definition is “to share the duties of the upbringing of a child”. But in reality, what does that mean for separating couples?
I recently attended Mental Health First Aider in the Workplace Course along with Claire, Kris and Sarah. It was a two day course which proved to be quite intense and in turn, emotionally and mentally challenging.
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors raise funds in aid of Wirral Hospice St John’s
During April, Heswall and West Kirby branches of Maxwell Hodge Solicitors participated in “Make a Will Month” whereby Andrea Ashton and Marie Granby prepared Wills for clients, free of charge, in return for a donation to the hospice.
Going through a relationship breakdown can be an extremely stressful time for children as well as parents. Often the child can be in the middle of this. Its important for parents to put together plans for the child at an early stage. These tips will help parents in reaching suitable agreements.
Divorce very often can cause a great deal of stress and worry. Very often with Divorce matters clients are afraid of the unknown and seek out advice before deciding to go through the process. It is therefore important to know what is involved…
Personal safety is a huge issue within the UK. The office of national statistics in their latest figures in November 2018 announced that 7.9% women (1.3 Million) and 4.2% of men (695,000) had experienced some form of domestic abuse within the previous 12 months. With these shocking statistics it is vitally important to know what…
It is not uncommon for parents during the school holidays to plan trips abroad. However, for those who have separated from their partner, they may not be aware that in the absence of a Court Order, permission is needed.
The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of couples living together has doubled over the last 20 years to just over 3.3 million. More concerning are the figures produced by the British Social Attitudes Survey, which show 46 per cent of the public are under the impression when…
S.T.A.N.D. – 5 Top Tips to Sort Out Marital Finances
By far, the most difficult aspect of divorce is disentangling the couple’s financial arrangements and dividing the marital assets going forward. These 5 top tips will assist you in sorting things out amicably and fairly.
C.H.I.L.D. – 5 Top Tips when dealing with child contact
Children right to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. A common misconception is parental rights to a relationship with a child. This is wrong, it is the child’s right to a relationship with their parents. However, careful consideration also needs to be given as to any prospective risk of harm posed to that child…
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors appoint new Company Director
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors, which has eight offices across Merseyside and the Wirral, is delighted to announce the appointment of Kristina Stoddern as Company Director. The company, who have been established for over 150 years, already have four Directors on their Board.
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors Support Knowsley Foodbank’s New Campaigns
It is a sad reality of life that unfortunately, for some people, foodbanks can be an absolute lifeline. Foodbanks rely on donations and the support from local communities – there are ten foodbanks in the Knowsley area alone.
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors raise further funds for their Charity of the Year
On Wednesday 26th September 2018, Maxwell Hodge Solicitors held their final fundraising event to raise further funds for their Charity of the Year, Ronald McDonald House, Alder Hey, Liverpool, an independent charity affectionately known as “Mac House”.
On Friday 28th September 2018, five branches from Maxwell Hodge Solicitors across Liverpool and the Wirral hosted their Coffee Mornings to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The Square Bar and Grill in Maghull had kindly offered to host the Coffee Morning for our Maghull branch and had provided all teas and coffees. We had…
Trainee Legal Executive awarded national St John Ambulance Award
Merseyside and Wirral Solicitors, Maxwell Hodge, nominated Adam French, a trainee Legal Executive at their Maghull branch, for the Workplace Hero category of the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards after he had successfully performed CPR on a gentleman who had suffered a cardiac arrest whilst visiting their office.
96% of people in the North West leave important health and welfare decisions to chance By 2025, more than 13 million people who are at risk of mental incapacity will not be prepared 73% would like a family member to make medical and care decisions on their behalf, in the event of mental incapacity 78%…
Changes to definition of package holiday helps those booking on the internet
The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements 2018 apply to holidays booked from 1st July this year. They extend the definition of package holidays and introduce the concept of linked travel arrangements.
WHEN YOU GET WORK DONE AT HOME – KNOW WHO IS WORKING FOR YOU
When you make a decision to have work done on your home, time is spent considering what sort of work is required, who should do it and how much you can afford to pay. These are all important decisions, which can be difficult.
Don’t let Domestic Violence “Kick Off” during the next round of the World Cup
With England making it through to the next round of the World Cup, tensions will be running high amongst the team as they prepare for the next round. Don’t let the World Cup impact on you and your family, statistics show that there is an increase in domestic violence during football tournaments.
WORKING AWAY DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD NO LONGER BE INVOLVED
When parents separate they each retain their parental rights. A departing parent who is no longer caring for the children may believe that they have lost their Parental Responsibility. However, this is just a myth. Parental Responsibility only can end on the making of a court Order and not on the ending of a relationship…
CHILD CONTACT FOR PARENTS SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES
One major issue affecting a number of armed forces personnel is that of child contact following the breakdown of a relationship. Very often following separation the former spouse can make it difficult for a parent to continue a relationship with a child.
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors provide schools and nurseries with training on family issues
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors have just announced that they are offering free guidance sessions to schools and nurseries on family issues such as Parental Responsibility, Live with and Spend time with Orders.
The Future of Personal Injury claims is set to drastically change in the next 12 months with changes to RTA legislation anticipated by April 2019 with further changes to come. The detail is still largely unknown to most practitioners and concerns are that the public will no longer have the access to justice they need.
In 2003 the Untraced Driver’s Agreement came into force with the Motor Insurers Bureau controlling a central pot to compensate injured victims involved in accidents with untraced drivers. This agreement was designed to allow victims to make a claim for injuries resulting out of “hit and run” accidents. The agreement imposed certain conditions which the…
One of the most valuable assets to us is our home. If you own a property, you need to ensure that it is taken care of and that there are no issues which could result in the property being worth less than market value. A number of unexpected issues can mean that your property is…
As a family lawyer, I was told by many of my friends about a series starting on BBC1 on 25th April 2018 called “the Split.” The series centres around the issue of Divorce and with a cast of Anthony Head, Nicola Walker, Stephen Tomkinson and Meera Syal, I had high hopes for this new legal…
In research recently published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, it has been revealed that parental conflict can place children at severe risk of mental health problems and future psychiatric disorders.
Could the wrong car seat prevent contact from taking place?
In February 2017, new laws were brought in to force requiring children weighing less than 22kg or with a height of less than 125cm must have a proper car seat, not a backless or a booster type of seat. The new law has created a great deal of confusion with many parents still unsure what…
I was surprised to recently read that Katie Price, who is currently going through her third divorce, has stated that she is happy for her soon to be ex-husband to remain in the family home and be around their children and to work on her farm.
If you have registered either an Lasting Power of Attorney or an Enduring Power of Attorney between the dates 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2017 then either the Donor or the Attorney can apply to the Office of Public Guardian for a refund of fees.
We have recently helped clients whose late Mother had made a Will however had not gifted in equal shares to her children. The Will provided a payment of £1,000 to adult child 1 and the residue of the Estate (the remainder of the net Estate) was to be split between adult children 2 and 3….
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors forge links with all four Liverpool Universities
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors have just announced exciting new partnerships with the legal departments of all four of Liverpool’s Universities. The company, which has 8 branches across Merseyside and Wirral, are assisting the Universities both with student and solicitor led legal clinics, mentoring and offering opportunities to students to shadow their lawyers. Claire Banks, Director of…
I was really pleased to hear that the government intends to close a legal loophole which currently prevents the Child Maintenance Service from taking child support payments out of a jointly held account.
When you make a decision to have work done on your home, time is spent considering what sort of work is required, who should do it and how much you can afford to pay. These are all important decisions, which can be difficult.
New guidance for protection of domestic abuse victims
In court proceedings involving children, the primary consideration for the court is the wellbeing of the child. When parents are themselves victims of domestic abuse, their wellbeing is often overlooked or ignored.
We often get asked by clients about personal guarantees in business. They usually want to know if it will help their business get credit and what it means to be a guarantor. Some businesses cannot get loans or credit without a guarantor. So, what does this mean for your business or you personally?
Personal Injury claims have had quite a lot of bad press of late. There are suggestions that individuals who have been involved in accidents are claiming compensation when they have not been injured and just make claims as a matter of course. Insurers claim that for people in say a road traffic accident, a claim…
I was very concerned to recently read that official government statistics appear to be indicating that between April and June 2017 there had been 13,029 more private law cases appearing before the family courts when compared to last year. In many of these cases the parties are said to be unrepresented. Since the changes brought…
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors name Ronald McDonald House as its Charity of the Year
Maxwell Hodge Solicitors, have selected Ronald McDonald House, affectionately known as Mac House, an independent charity based in the grounds of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, as their Charity of the Year, and the organisation aims to raise £3,500.
Leasehold properties, regardless of length of term, will usually make provision for the Landlord, or Freeholder, to charge a service charge for the services the Landlord is obliged to provide under the terms of the lease.
Property Disputes and Joint Owners – What happens when one owner wants to sell?
We are often contacted by clients who own a property with a partner or spouse however that relationship has broken down and they wish to move on. Often they will want to sell the property but the other owner refuses and wants to stay in the property.
Local solicitor warns changes to Powers of Attorney may leave older and vulnerable at risk
Local solicitor Andrea Ashton from Maxwell Hodge Solicitors, who have 8 offices across Wirral and Merseyside has joined fellow members of Solicitors for the Elderly in warning against proposals to turn the LPA registration process fully digital.
Cancer. A word that everybody dreads, but sadly the vast majority of us are too familiar with. Whether you have been affected by cancer yourself or it was a loved one who went through the turmoil, we can all agree it is an extremely difficult time for everyone involved.
Following the end of a relationship when feelings run high, it is tempting to go onto social media and vent your frustration. However, I would urge anyone who intends to do this to proceed with caution. Why? Your social media posts could lead you into a lot of trouble.
Mrs Goget is employed by a well-known retailer and major employer. Her job is to keep the shelves stocked. Largely, she works alone. Mrs Goget has been doing this job for a number of years but, more recently, her employer has been short staffed and Mrs Goget has been required to work extra hours.
Last weekend many people sat with bated breath watching the men’s singles final at Wimbledon. But not everyone watching the final was a tennis fan. The BBC had cleverly told viewers that they would be announcing the 13th incarnation of Dr Who immediately after the match. The 13th Doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker,…
As from the 1st of October 2017, new legislation will come into effect which will effect how debt claims are conducted and will slow down the speed of recovering money from debtors. The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (The Protocol) will come in to force, but what effect will this have on you?
Potholes in the road are a popular discussion topic in Liverpool at the moment as the Council say they don’t have enough funds to repair the current defective roads and pavements. Joe Anderson has recently stated that funds of around £400 million are needed to fix the current road crisis in Liverpool. It is believed…
Most clients these days have heard about alternative dispute resolution and will be familiar with what this means however, when in the heat of a legal dispute, these alternatives to the expense of Court proceedings can often be forgotten. It is worth noting that some disputes cannot be resolved without the Court’s help however for…
How long is the Guarantor of a Tenancy liable for?
You have agreed to act as Guarantor and signed an Assured Shorthold Tenancy Agreement for a family member or friend. The lease Agreement was for a fixed period which has now expired. The landlord is now looking to you for payment of the rent but the lease has expired. Why then are you liable to…
In their 2015 election manifesto the Conservative party pledged to take the family home out of tax by increasing the effective inheritance tax threshold for married couples and civil partners to £1million.
From a purely property perspective, the 2017 Budget was hardly ground breaking and criticism would not be unfair when applied to the Budget as a whole. Changes that could affect the residential housing market were in truth few and far between.
Leading Law Firm Maxwell Hodge Solicitors are proud to announce that they are the official sponsors of Phoenix Netball, who are based in South Liverpool and regularly train at Liverpool Hope University.
In spite of overwhelming protest from solicitors, the government are pressing ahead with a massive hike in probate fees to prop up a struggling court system. For estates worth more than £50,000, fees will increase from the current flat rate of £155 to between £300 and £20,000 depending on the value of the estate.
A Will is one of the most important documents that a person will ever sign, yet surprisingly 2 out of 3 adults die without leaving a valid Will. This can cause a great deal of uncertainty at what is already a very difficult and emotional time for those left behind.
Leading Liverpool Law firm Maxwell Hodge Solicitors say a fond farewell to Carol Head as she retires as Business Services Director from the company after 20 years of service. Carol was appointed in 1996 by the then named Maxwell Entwistle & Byrne as Practice Manager and was originally based at their Huyton Branch in Sherborne…
MAXWELL HODGE CELEBRATE A SUCCESSFUL 12 MONTHS IN WOOLTON
This month marks the one year anniversary of leading law firm Maxwell Hodge’s Woolton Branch. The company decided to launch its South Liverpool Office in November 2015, after the success of its other 8 branches, which are spread across Liverpool and the Wirral.
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