Monday, 31 January 2011

Fundraising via a Fake Wedding

One of our ladies - Gillian Ibbotson is a Trustee for Darlington Town Mission and was recently invited to attend a "Fake Wedding" in order to raise funds for the mission.

Gillian organised a table with guests from Latimer Hinks. The dress code was obviously, wedding attire. This provided the perfect opportunity to have a second wearing out of a wedding outfit! Having had at least three ladies from Latimer Hinks married in a year there was no shortage of volunteers.

Guests were asked to take along a "gift" for the bride and groom, The gifts were then auctioned later in the evening.

There was a "Father of the Bride" speech (no Best Man speech), a disco and plenty of refreshments on hand. All in all it was a very enjoyable evening - the money raised on the evening amounted to £2000.

So, well done Darlington Town Mission for taking on something a little bit different!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

ASSIST Ladies Networking - Fraud and e-Crime, Feb 9th 2011

ASSIST is a networking group for ladies in the Tees Valley area. The aim of the group is to "help each other" in the world of business and all it entails!

At each event we hold a networking game to "break the ice" this is then follwoed by a presentation.

For our first event of 2011 we have Mike Forster of Cleveland Police.

Mike’s presentation topic is “Fraud and e-Crime” and will cover internet fraud and businesses. Mike hopes to inject some fresh perspective and in turn provoke questions. He will provide an overview of the work that the Economic Crime Team carry out.

I must admit I’m really looking forward to what will certainly be an interesting presentation.

8:45 – 9:25am Registration and informal networking

9:25 – 10.10am Introduction and Networking game

10.10– 10.40am Mike Forster – Cleveland Police

10.40 – 10.45am Business Card draw and Charity raffle

10.45 - 11.00am Opportunity for further networking

The cost is minimal – £5 for members and £10 for non members

For further details please check out our website

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Wills & Modern Relationships

Everyone should have a well written. A will ensures that your wishes are carried out. No will at all means that you die intestate. In these cases laws that govern the way in which your estate should be distributed come into effect. These laws do not take into consideration modern family relationships.

A solution to the problems posed by modern families can be overcome with good advice from experienced solicitors.

Andrew Way of Latimer Hinks Solicitors explains why you should choose a solicitor rather than a will writer to draft your will.

Growth in Contested Wills Could Mean Heartache for Families

This week the BBC2 documentary "Can't Take It With You" aired. A very interesting programme dealing with the problems of modern family relationships and distribution of assets.

Anne Elliott of Latimer Hinks comments on the programme in her blog "Can't Take It With You"

Further information
STEP - Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners -
STEP members (TEPs) provide expert advice on how to comply with the often complex law and tax rules surrounding trusts, estates and inheritance.

Anne Elliott and Andrew Way are full professional members

SFE - Solicitors for the Elderly -
Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) is an independent, national organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives who are committed to providing the highest quality of legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers.

Many of our Private Client Team are members of SFE. Andrew is also Executive Director and Secretary of SFE

Monday, 17 January 2011

Pre-nuptial Contracts - Legally Binding??

Multi-million pound divorce cases could become a thing of the past under government proposals to make prenuptial contracts legally binding.

Judith Middleton, family lawyer at Latimer Hinks Solicitors goes into the proposals further

Consultation Could Make Pre-Nups Legally Binding

Further reading
Law Commission Consultation Paper on Pre-nuptial Agreements