Whilst no one wants to think about the end of their relationship, the reality is that sometimes marriages do break down, leaving both of you feeling unsure and uncertain of where you stand and your entitlements.
Working with us, you can have absolute confidence that you will have an expert team dedicated to achieving the very best outcome for you and your family:
- Our first meeting is free, no matter how long it takes to make sure we completely understand your circumstances and what you want to achieve.
- Everything we talk about throughout the time we spend working together will always be totally confidential.
- Our teams are top ranked by the legal directories, so you can be sure that you are being guided by specialist experts in all areas of family law and pre- and post-nuptial agreement.
- Our partners and lawyers have decades of experience, an excellent reputation and over the years have built up strong relationships with other lawyers, Judges and professional bodies.
- We have teams in Beverley, Lincoln and York, and work with clients across East and North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
Although a court does not necessarily have to follow an agreement made before a marriage, it provides a useful starting point and, when drafted properly, should prevent a lot of uncertainty if the worst should happen.
Although not right for everyone, pre-nuptial agreements are worth considering for a number of reasons, for instance if you are getting married for the second time, or if one of you has an inheritance or business you wish to protect. Whilst it’s romantic to think that you’ll never need to use such an agreement, the reality is that, if the relationship does come to an end, pre-nuptial agreements can prevent a great deal of stress, disagreement and financial vulnerability, and it’s worth finding out sooner rather than later if you may benefit from such an agreement.
If you are already married but are considering how best to protect assets that were perhaps acquired before the marriage or have been received from outside of the marriage it would be sensible to take advice on whether a post-nuptial agreement would be appropriate.
What we do and where we specialise
Based in Beverley, Lincoln and York, and advising clients throughout Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and nationwide, our team of specialist family lawyers can provide clear guidance and advice on pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, ensuring your best interests are safeguarded, now and in the future.
We advise a diverse range of clients whose financial circumstances differ from wishing to protect an interest in savings or property to substantial family or business assets.
We specialise in providing advice on the following issues:
- Protecting pre- and post-marital assets including savings, investments and property
- Protecting inherited or gifted wealth
- Advising business owners wishing to protect company shares
- Advising farmers wishing to protect family or partnership assets
How we work
The first stage for us is to meet with you, free of charge, to listen and understand your situation and your intentions.
While some firms limit an initial discussion to 30 minutes, we will speak to you for as long as it takes us to build a complete picture of what you are hoping to achieve.
When we have that clarity, we will outline the process, explaining the likely timescales and costs, as well as the team that will support you. The team will always be led by a partner, aided by more junior team members. We know from prior experience that this will give you the right mix of skills, knowledge and value.
We understand that it can be particularly sensitive to have discussions with your partner or spouse in circumstances where your relationship is continuing but are contemplating the outcome should your relationship breakdown. We always approach these matters with sensitivity and work collaboratively with the legal advisor for the other party.
We aim to find a resolution that reflects both parties’ intentions and takes into consideration the likely needs of each party and any children should the relationship breakdown in the future.
Our family lawyers are also supported by colleagues from other teams to can provide complementary advice on topics such as wills, trusts, inheritance tax, property and corporate advice. You can rest assured that we will have your best interests at heart, from start to finish, in a way that gives you comfort and control.
Our experience and credentials
We recently advised on:
- Successfully negotiating terms of a pre-nuptial agreement to protect potential future inheritance of £5m from a large family estate.
- Preparing a post-nuptial agreement to protect shares in a company with a value of £25m.
- Preparing a pre-nuptial agreement to protect inherited wealth.
- Preparing a complex pre-nuptial agreement to protect a property portfolio and gifts received prior to the relationship.
- The fairness and terms of pre-nuptial agreements either on behalf of the party wishing to protect pre-marital assets, or to the party who has received the proposed agreement.
Recent feedback direct from clients includes:
- “Excellent first-class service at all times.”
- “Understanding, supportive and professional explaining technicalities in a way that was easy to understand.”