Frequently Asked Childcare Questions
The local authority has applied to court for a care order (or supervision order), can you help?
If you are a parent, or a person with parental responsibility, for a child and the local authority has made an application for a care or supervision order for that child, you will be entitled to legal aid, regardless of your income or any savings you have. This will enable us to help you understand the legal process and attend all court hearings with to ensure that your views are heard and considered by the court.
If you do not have parental responsibility, you may still be entitled to legal aid, but this will be dependent on your income and the likelihood of your case succeeding. If this applies to you, contact us to arrange an appointment where we can advise you further.
The local authority have arranged a child protection conference, can you help?
You may wish to take someone with you to these meetings for support. You may be entitled to legal aid, to obtain full advice and assistance and if so, we will be able to attend these meetings with you. Please do contact us, to find out whether you are eligible for legal aid, to arrange an appointment and obtain the benefit of legal advice at this early stage.
The local authority is threatening to remove my child from my care, can this happen?
However, there are only three ways in which the removal of your child from you care, can legally occur.
Firstly, the police may remove your child, if they have reasonable cause to believe that your child is likely to suffer significant harm. This is known as Police Protection. Your child can only be removed by the police for a maximum of 72 hours. After this your child must be returned to your care, or, an application must be made to the court for a court order.
Secondly, by way of a court order such as an Emergency Protection Order or an Interim Care Order. In both of these instances, you should have the opportunity to attend court, before the order is made, to ensure that you have your say. If you receive notice that a court hearing is to take place, please do contact us and we will do all that we can to assist you.
Thirdly, you may be asked by the local authority to give your consent to the removal of your child. It is in your interests to seek legal advice before providing such consent and again if you contact us, at this stage, we will do all that we can to advise and assist you as to the appropriate way forward for you and your child.
My grandchildren are in local authority care and I would like to care for them. Can you help?
The local authority always has to consider whether there are any family members who can provide care for children who cannot live with their parents. The local authority will need to undertake some assessment of you to make sure that you are able to look after the children and meet their needs.
It is important that you contact the social worker so that the local authority is aware that you wish to look after the child and can start the process.
It is also in your interests to seek legal advice, so that you can be re-assured that all is being done to consider you. Legal aid may be available so please do contact us, to find out whether you are eligible, to arrange an appointment and obtain the benefit of legal advice at this early stage
Frequently Asked Conveyancing Questions
What do the Solicitors Actually Do?
How Speedily can the Transaction be Carried Out?
We will always do our best to move you as quickly as possible but this will not be allowed to impede the quality of the work we do for you.
Are There Hidden Charges in Your Quotation?
What Happens if the Transaction does not Complete?
Is it not Cheaper to use a Conveyancing or Internet Company?
It is important to bear in mind that Solicitors have many years of legal training and expertise and in addition, this Firm is proud to be a member of the Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) which is the Law Society’s sign of excellence.
Do you Offer a Personal Service?
If however you are out of area and it is not convenient to meet with us at our offices, we can correspond by post, email and all other modern forms of communication. We act for clients in all parts of England and Wales.
Why Choose Carvers?
Frequently Asked Divorce Questions
What are the grounds for divorce?
To satisfy the court that there has been an irretrievable breakdown the Petitioner must prove one of the following five facts:
That the Respondent has committed adultery and the Petitioner finds it intolerable to live with the Respondent.
That the Respondent has behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent.
That the Respondent has deserted the Petitioner for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the start of the divorce.
That the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before the start of the divorce and the Respondent consents to a Decree being granted.
That the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately before the start of the divorce.
What is the procedure for obtaining a divorce?
The Court will send copies of these documents to your spouse. Your husband or wife should return to the Court the acknowledgement of service form saying whether or not they will defend the divorce.
They should do this within 8 days of receiving the petition.
Once your husband or wife has sent the acknowledgement of service form to the Court, the Court will send a copy to you.
Should they fail to acknowledge service, it may be necessary to ask the Court Bailiffs to hand copies to them personally.
Once the acknowledgement of service form has been received, or once service of the Court application/petition has been proven, an application for the Decree Nisi can be prepared. A date for the Decree Nisi to be pronounced will be fixed by the Court.
Once the Decree Nisi has been pronounced, then six weeks afterwards you can apply for the divorce to be finalised, called the Decree Absolute. In all, a divorce can take as little as 4 , 6 months from start to finish.
How much will my divorce cost?
If we act for the Respondent, the person who responds to the divorce, our costs will be £250.00 plus VAT. There are no Court fees.
However any work with regard to dealing with issues relating to children or finance would be charged separately.
Frequently Asked Employment Questions
Do you advise on settlement agreements? If so, how much will it cost?
I believe I have been unfairly dismissed by my employer. What is the deadline for filing my employment tribunal claim? Is there a proscribed form?
I believe I have a sex discrimination claim. How quickly do I need to lodge my employment tribunal claim? Do I have to leave my employment?
I wish to raise a grievance against my employer. Can Carvers help?
I have been invited to attend a disciplinary hearing by my employer. My employer has written to me saying that I could be dismissed. Can you help?
I have received a letter from my employer stating that I am “at risk” of redundancy. No one else has received this letter. Is this legal?
If I bring a claim in the employment tribunal, what compensation will I recover?
Do I have to pay any fee to bring an employment tribunal claim?
If you won your claim, you can ask the Judge to order the employer to reimburse you for the fees paid.
Do I have to pay the other side’s legal or other costs, if I lose my claim?
Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
Where my matter has been referred to you, as opposed to me approaching you directly, will you pay a fee to that referrer and will that money come out of my compensation award? Will the referrer have any influence over my case?
Are no win-no fee arrangements still available?
Frequently Asked Will Questions
Why make a will?
It may be possible to reduce the amount of tax payable on the inheritance if advice is taken in advance and a suitable Will made;
Unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner;
If your circumstances have changed, it is important that you make a Will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner now lives with someone else, you may want to change your Will. If you are married or enter into a registered civil partnership, this will make any previous Will you have made invalid.
Why make an LPA?
You can give authority to “Attorneys” to make decisions concerning your PERSONAL WELFARE and/or PROPERTY AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.
If you make a Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”), the Power will still be valid even if you become mentally incapable later on.