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Prenuptial Agreement Solicitors
Prenuptial agreement (also known as a prenup) is an agreement entered into by both parties before they marry. It seeks to set out what will happen to the assets of the couple should they divorce.
They are, of course, not a romantic document, but they may be entered into in instances where one side has a significantly larger asset base than the other. They are often used by parties who have been through a marriage breakdown previously and who wish to avoid some of the pain if things go wrong again.
Do Prenuptial Agreements work?
Whilst they are not binding on the Courts of England and Wales, prenuptial agreements have been described in higher Courts as the "magnetic factor". They diminish in importance the longer the marriage subsists and, in our view. have a limited lifespan.
Whilst fairness and the needs of the parties dictate the Courts discretion, it has been noted that Judges do, if possible, like to hold people to the bargains they have made subject to certain contractual criteria having been met. These will include the time of the agreement (in the case of prenups no less than 21 days prior to the marriage and preferably no less than 4 weeks), the absence of duress, full and frank disclosure of financial matters and the opportunity to take independent legal advice.
Whilst such agreements may not provide an immediate knockout blow, the Courts have shown they are prepared to reduce potential awards, even if not holding the parties to the letter.
Separation and Postnuptial Agreements
Postnuptial settlements are agreements reached by parties after marriage breakdown again made in an attempt to avoid battles at Court.
These can concern separating spouses or civil partners. Separation agreements are the same thing, but include agreements reached between separating cohabitants. They do not bind the Court from making a different decision about the division of assets that may have been agreed within the document. However, subject to certain criteria being met, such as full and frank disclosure of all the assets of the marriage/civil partnership/relationship, the benefit, or at least opportunity to take independent legal advice in the absence of fraud or mistake, the Court does like to hold people to their bargain.
The Court potentially exercises much greater discretion in relation to divorcing couples and couples dissolving their civil partnership but should one party seek to break the arrangement, the Courts have shown themselves to be fairly robust. Whilst not necessarily holding a party to the terms of settlement, they have awarded less than would otherwise have been the case.
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I was extremely pleased with the service provided to me throughout. Everyone I spoke to at the practice was very kind and professional. I felt that Dominique made every effort to help get my mortgage completed as quickly as possible.
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Mr Talbot & Miss Farnworth
Thank you so much for completing the legal work on the sale of my home. Your team and yourself are very helpful and professional. I can now get on with my life. I will recommend Clough & Willis to my friends and family.
Many thanks for the help, advice and guidance
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Ms J Hall
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Mrs J Atkinson
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Excellent service, more than we hoped for
I am so pleased with how Mr Macwilliam handled my case. He was extremely helpful and patient with us. I would recommend him 100% to anyone who needed a solicitor.
We used Clough & Willis because we believe Chris Macwilliam is the best solicitor in his field within the Bury area possibly within the Manchester / North West area. We would highly recommend Clough & Willis to family and friends.
I would like to say I am extremely grateful to all at Clough & Willis. I enjoyed the fact that I could ring at any point and speak to Mr Macwilliam and always be given his full co-operation and time. I was never rushed to finish the call! I would also like to add, Mr Macwilliam kept me so up to date with my case, I always felt in the loop, I almost felt like I was the only client and felt the service was very personnel! Thank you and all the best!
I greatly appreciated Mr Macwilliam's handling of my claim. His expertise made the whole process so easy for me and I am highly satisfied with the outcome. Many thanks.
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I was very happy with the service I received at Clough & Willis. Everything was explained clearly and patiently and each request I made was dealt with efficiently. I am happy with my outcome and would definitely recommend them to friends.
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I was very happy about the service I received from Lee personally. He was very through in all areas and always kept me informed.
Thank you for doing your job so well! We are really grateful for your knowledge, expertise and professionalism which definitely helped to make an awful situation move along as smoothly as it could.
It is always good to know that I have a trusted advisor when I need help in the future, especially someone like Lee with his sympathetic manner and understanding nature. Not forgetting his sense of humour.
Thank you very much Lee for your support, help and advice in such a traumatic period of time. You were so professional. Thanks to you and your team I can forget about the last ten years. The house has finally been sold and I can get on with my life. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Thank you to Rebecca for showing much empathy and sensitivity at a very difficult time for our family.
I wish to thank Rebecca Green for her kind and friendly approach to my requirements, she made me feel relaxed from the very start and was extremely informative to everything I asked her. Many thanks Rebecca.
I felt completely at ease with Rebecca. Despite her professional status I didn’t feel at all intimidated. She took charge in a respectful manner.
I was very pleased with the way Rebecca Green dealt with the making of my Will. She was thorough in her explanations and made me feel she was really experienced in her work. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.
Rebecca was extremely helpful and friendly in my making a new will, also a very nice person to meet.
I was made to feel welcome and Rebecca made me feel more like a friend than a client.
Rebecca is very good at explaining all the issues concerning making a Will. She dealt with my case efficiently and she has a very friendly manner.
Rebecca was helpful and informative but she also gave us time to think things over without time pressure – thank you.
Mr & Mrs Harrington
My husband and I were very pleased and impressed by Ms Green when she came to our home she was very patient and helpful.
I would just like to say thank you to Clough & Willis and Rebecca Green for being so kind and I will recommend you.
Rebecca is to be highly commended for her friendly and highly professional approach. She represents a real asset to your firm.
We found Lorraine to be very understanding and dealt with us very professionally going the extra miles whilst we were out of the UK.
Very happy with Lorraine and her team. They kept us informed at all times and advised us appropriately. We felt really valued as clients and would be happy to recommend Clough & Willis to family and friends.
Mr & Mrs Lloyd
Everyone I dealt with was polite and efficient. Emails and phone calls were replied to quickly. Made a good impression on me I would certainly recommend Lorraine to other would be sellers.
I have been thoroughly impressed with Lorraine’s attention to details, which has ensured my interests have been looked after and protected. Lorraine is a professional, efficient and friendly partner at Clough & Willis and a true credit to the firm.
Lorraine Stratton-Webb dealt with me in a professional manner, she kept me informed and made the move more easy than I had envisaged.
I have complete faith in your company and all of the staff. I have been confidently aware that you do the job in hand and keep me updated along the way. I have never had to chase up anything at all from any members of your team - you just do it regardless! Very refreshing. Thank you.
We found Clough & Willis experienced as to put us at ease during our house sale and purchase which is stressful most of the time, so it’s good to have a firm like Clough & Willis to support you through it from start to finish.
Mr & Mrs Tate
Lorraine Stratton-Webb – “Strength in the face of adversity” - 4 days after I thought I would lose the house of my dreams she completed the purchase. Thank You.
Thanks for a very professional approach during my house purchase. Buying for my first house I had complete faith in Lorraine Stratton-Webb leaving no stone unturned during property searches.
I would have no hesitation in using Clough & Willis; the team offered a very fast and efficient service and I am delighted with the service received. Thank you very much to Lorraine and her team for another fast and trouble free turn around.
Thank you for your efficiency and hard work.
Service was excellent. Knowledge apparently sound as was the advice. Many thanks.
Very quick to complete the job and very professional.
Thank you for taking on my case. I am very pleased with the outcome and I was informed at every stage of my case. I would recommend your services.
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I just wanted to say a quick word of thanks for your good advice yesterday concerning the settlement agreement.
Thank you for your help and patience in this matter.
Everything was dealt with in a very professional way with no stress to me or family. We were kept up to date by letter and everything worked out very well. We were given an estimate of cost at the start and that’s the amount it came to – no nasty surprises
Thank you Karen for working on our probate and house sales, we would use yourselves again in the future.
Karen Yates is a professional lady who is caring and makes me feel at ease at this difficult time and I would certainly recommend her to people I know. She also makes me feel important when dealing with me
A very friendly service, made it easy to understand and good value for money. Will recommend to others.
I was most impressed by the help and kindness shown to me. The staff do everything they can to meet your needs and make you feel at home.
You put me at ease with the case and was very sensitive and understanding. Thank you for your help during this difficult time.
Many thanks to Karen Yates for her kindness, patience and explanation in a language that we could understand when dealing with our case.
Very helpful and friendly, put me at ease and made me feel comfortable. Would recommend Clough & Willis to anyone.
Karen Yates is a very good solicitor very caring for me and my partner as clients and I would like to thank her for all her help and patience.
From first contact to the last, everyone has been very professional and reassuring through what has been an emotional and stressful time for us and without the help of your company it would have been much more difficult for me and my husband.
I would like to say how much I appreciated the home visit. Karen was very professional and put us at ease. Also a big thank you for the information supplied it was very kind of you to go the extra mile. Thank you.
Karen has dealt with me in a very professional, approachable, understanding and sympathetic way. I am highly delighted with the service that I have received and will certainly be using Karen again.