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17 January 2019 Firm updates

Divorce is rarely straightforward, but it can be especially complicated when a farming business is involved. The main priority for farm owners will be to keep the farm running during the divorce process and securing its future viability. But this can be tricky when emotions are running high and livelihoods are at stake. Juliet Walker, family lawyer and agricultural law specialist at Pearsons & Ward Solicitors in Malton explains some of the main challenges when a farming marriage comes to an end. Preserving the business Farms are traditionally handed down through generations, and usually the expectation when a farmer gets married is that the farm will stay in the family. This often means that the farm not only holds a commercial value, but also a strong emotional significance for the farming spouse, who may be keen…
15 January 2019 Firm updates

  When a relationship breaks down, it can be one of the most distressing events many of us will have to endure. There can be a lot to sort out; family finances, arrangements for children and who stays in the house. Most people assume that the only way to end their marriage or formalise a separation involves a visit to court to let a judge make those decisions. Robert Bellhouse Family Solicitor at Ware & Kay in York & Wetherby explains that there is another option, called collaborative law, which offers an alternative option than going to court. “By choosing a collaborative approach, you & your former spouse/partner will both instruct a collaborative lawyer who will support you during a series of meetings aimed at resolving matters amicably.” says Robert. Robert’s top reasons to choose a…
19 December 2018 Financial advice

Christmas is a time for giving, but for many farming families with the prospect of reduced subsidies and much uncertainty ahead, the idea of an expensive festive period can cause concern. However, the end of the year can also be a good time to review your overall finances, re-evaluate your estate and, and if they have not already been used, a useful way to use your annual allowances to reduce your estate for inheritance tax purposes. Gifts of money are usually very well received, but it is important to understand the inheritance tax implications in the long run, especially if a large retrospective tax bill could upset the apple cart and put the future continuation of the farm into jeopardy. But if you are in a fortunate position, lifetime giving can be a tax efficient way…
18 December 2018 Wills and estates

Every year thousands of people die without making a Will, perhaps thinking that their home and their money will simply pass to their partner or children.  However, the legal position is not that straightforward – if someone dies without a Will, there are rules setting out how their money, property and possessions should be divided.  In many cases this won’t be what the person who has died would have chosen. Here are some examples of how the rules apply: Example 1 – married or in a civil partnership Although you might think that everything will pass to your spouse or civil partner, this may not be the case depending on the value of your estate.  Example 2 – separated If you have informally separated but not divorced or legally ended your civil partnership, your…
11 December 2018 Firm updates

Everyone at Ware & Kay would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
10 December 2018 Firm updates

Ware & Kay has supported training of over 20 members of its York Office staff to become Dementia Friends, in support of an Alzheimer's Society initiative. There are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today (March 2018 statistics - Alzheimer's Research UK), representing 1.3% of the UK population.  The number of people with Dementia is expected to grow rapidly and by 2051 it is projected to exceed 2 million. Ware & Kay is very keen to encourage all staff to develop the necessary skills to engage and work with those affected by dementia together with their relatives and carers.  The interactive Dementia Friends sessions were led by Dementia Friends Champion Fiona Gilbert, a volunteer for Dementia Friends.  The sessions enabled staff to learn about what dementia is, how it affects those living…
03 December 2018 Firm updates

Ware & Kay supported Tadcaster Albion Football Club by sponsoring the fixture against local team Brighouse Town on Saturday 1st December in what has an exciting hard-fought match resulting in a draw. Tadcaster Albion Football Club Chairman, Andy Charlesworth said "We would like to say a massive thank you to Ware & Kay for sponsoring our game against Brighouse. It was fantastic to see so many guests and employees support the event and cheer on the Brewers on the day. We hope to see you all again next year." David Hyams, Director for Ware & Kay who chose Joe Lumsden as the man of the match said "We were delighted to sponsor Tadcaster Albion and had a brilliant afternoon with our guests.   It was a thrilling match and the team did really well. We wish…
03 December 2018 Firm updates

Ware & Kay are proud to be supporting Tadcaster Albion Football Club once again by sponsoring the home match against Brighouse Town on Saturday 1st December. Ware & Kay enjoy a strong working relationship with Tadcaster Albion and are continuing to show their ongoing commitment by providing match-day sponsorship. Tadcaster Albion Football Club Chairman, Andy Charlesworth "We would like to issue a very warm welcome to Ware & Kay Solicitors to the i2i Stadium for Saturday's league game against Brighouse Town. First and foremost we would like to thank you all for coming and sponsoring the game on 1st December and we sincerely hope you enjoy your day out at TAFC. Last season we reached the play-offs following a dramatic final day however, unfortunately we just missed out in the semi-final. Looking at this year…
03 November 2018 Firm updates

Ware & Kay Solicitors in York, has been recogised by Cancer Research UK after facilitating over £1.85 million worth of gifts from people choosing to leave a legacy to the charity in their will. Ian Fisher, Head of Wills and Probate, at Ware & Kay was presented with a gold certificate to acknowledge the firms ongoing support. The firm have been offering the Free Will Service to people aged 55 and over in York for the past 20 years, giving advice and support for those wishing to write a will or update an existing one. As part of the service Ware & Kay give guidance for those wishing to leave a legacy gift for Cancer Research UK. The charity receives no government funding for its research and relies heavily on the generosity of people leaving gifts…
21 October 2018 Employment advice

With only months to go until the UK leaves the EU, businesses and individuals are trying to plan for Brexit amidst uncertainty. Gill Wilkinson, employment law expert with Ware & Kay Solicitors in York, Wetherby & Malton , looks at what we know about the likely affect of Brexit on UK employment law and the rights of EU workers, both in the event of a deal and a no deal exit. Gill also highlights a couple of changes in employment rights for October. How will Brexit affect employment law? The UK's membership of the EU has significantly shaped employment law in the UK, much of which is based on EU law. In the time immediately after Brexit, it is unlikely there will be any changes to employment law. Unless the EU and the UK agree…
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