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Christmas and the kids

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As a separated parent, it can be difficult to agree Christmas arrangements with the other parent. The perception of what is fair and even between you may be very different, and there may be wider family events to throw into the mix, as well as handovers, Christmas presents and school events to negotiate.

We know that Christmas is not an easy time for everyone, and this can be made worse when you still feel ‘at war’ with the other parent.

We can offer help with this in Family Mediation whereby our Resolution trained Mediator, Louise Martin, can manage your discussions about Christmas, or any similar family issues, in a safe, secure mediation setting at our offices.

To book an appointment, or for more details about resolving disputes outside of court proceedings using family mediation, contact Louise at louise@onionsanddavies.co.uk

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Onions & Davies achieve bronze award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

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In March 2017, we sealed our commitment to supporting the armed ​forces in our local community by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant to recognise the value that serving and veteran personnel, and their military families, have to our business, our community and our country.

We have, since that time, upheld our promise to members of the armed forces, their spouses and veterans, by offering discounts on our legal services, to the benefit of many past and current clients.

We have now achieved bronze award in recognition of our statement of intent to support defence personnel as a UK employer. Our organisation is now listed as a bronze award holder on the ERS website

For details of our Armed Forces Pledge, see below: –

Onions & Davies Solicitors recognises the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business. We will seek to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, by:

  • promoting the fact that we are an armed forces-friendly organisation;
  • aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day;
  • supporting Royal British Legion in the sale of poppies for Armistice Day
  • offering a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community of 10% on fees in the following departments:
  • Family work – to include divorce, finances, children;
  • Private client work – to include wills and lasting powers of attorneys
  • offering a discount to members of the Armed Forces Community of FREE pre-mediation appointments for both husband and wife, and one joint session of mediation at 25% discount on fees
  • (NB. we cannot offer any reductions on VAT or disbursements);

For more details, please contact Kim Mapperson, Solicitor & Armed Forces Covenant Co-ordinator, at kim@onionsanddavies.co.uk

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10 reasons to use an SFE (Solicitors For the Elderly) accredited lawyer

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The decisions and plans you make now will have a huge impact on your later life. Getting them right is essential. An SFE accredited lawyer is an expert in older client law and will ensure you get the best possible legal advice for your future.

SFE members:

  1. Know their stuff: Our members are qualified solicitors, barristers and legal executives who specialise in advising older and vulnerable people and their families and carers.

 

  1. Have years of experience: SFE lawyers have substantial experience, built up over many years, focussing on this area of law.

 

  1. Are independently accredited: SFE lawyers have all undertaken additional specialist training in older client law to qualify for the Older Client Care in Practice Award, which is independently accredited.

 

  1. Follow a strict code of conduct: SFE lawyers understand the issues affecting older and vulnerable clients and follow a strict code of practice that has respect and dignity at its heart.

 

  1. Speak in a language you understand: There is so much jargon in the legal profession. SFE lawyers communicate in clear straightforward language, to make sure that you understand everything you’re signing.

 

  1. Are part of a community of experts: SFE lawyers have a community of more than 1,500 members to draw on, so no matter how complex or sensitive your case, you will receive the best possible legal advice.

 

  1. Safeguard your interests: An SFE lawyer is committed to providing affordable, high quality legal advice, and will ensure any decisions are your own.

 

  1. Understand the bigger picture: SFE lawyers understand the wider, and often sensitive issues around health, care and family that might affect your plans for later life.

 

  1. Offer the best possible care and support: SFE lawyers care. They go above and beyond to provide support that is tailored to your needs and individual circumstances.

 

  1. Get you the best possible outcome: Ultimately, choosing an SFE lawyer means you’ll be guided through this complex and sensitive area of law and will enable you to lay solid foundations to protect you and your loved ones in later life.

Chris Milne is a full, accredited SFE solicitor, with over 22 years of experience in helping older people and their families.

For help with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Care Fees Planning, Estates, Trusts and Inheritance Tax, please contact Chris on 01630 652405 or chris.milne@onionsanddavies.co.uk

 

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Health & Safety is everyone’s business

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There are certain functions within Health & Safety that apply to all personnel, whet

her they are in the office, on the road or on site. Although the communication and delivery of these functions may differ, dependent upon the location, it is important that everyone recognises them and complies fully with their requirements

There is a legal duty for everyone to take reasonable care for health and safety to themselves and others (this means everyone, staff, public other contractors) as well as not to interfere with or misuse any equipment provide for Health & Safety. In other words, don’t put yourselves or others in danger and use health and safety equipment the way it is designed to be used.

It is important that someone knows where you are, this is so that in an emergency it can be verified very quickly that you are safe, or that you are indeed in imminent danger. To this end, you must comply with the signing in and out procedures laid down at whatever location you may be. When you are in someone else’s premises or on site you must comply with their procedures, make sure you know what they are!

There will be procedures laid down for actions necessary in the event of a fire, when you are on someone else’s property make sure that you have read their procedures and act on them accordingly.

The company will have carried out risk assessments to identify, where possible, any risks that may cause harm, it is important that where applicable these risk assessments are complied with fully. It is a duty of all employees to look after any equipment, tools or furniture in their care, to inspect all equipment for damage and report, without delay, any faults identified. The risk assessments carried out will not be exhaustive, it is therefore a requirement that anyone who identifies a new risk, reports the same back to the company for inclusion within the existing risk assessments.

It is important for everyone to report all accidents, incidents or near misses, no matter how minor, to the appropriate persons. In the event of a serious injury or dangerous occurrence, the company will then decide whether it is necessary to advise the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or not.

It is everyone’s responsibility to identify new risks or hazards. If you come across a health and safety issue that has not been addressed, then you must notify the company as soon as possible, where appropriate assessments should be carried out, and any necessary procedures or actions put into place.

Remember that everyone is responsible for the health and safety of not only yourself but others!

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Where are you now?

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Where we currently sit on life depends on many things, would you not agree?

I have recently been looking at my journey/adventure/life, or however you would choose to describe it, over the 5 years. Now, I won’t tell you that it has been the easiest of times, but I have certainly learnt at lot about myself and others during that time.

Can you imagine your whole world being turned upside down within what seems like the blink of an eye?

In October 2013 this is exactly what happened to my family and I when I was diagnosed with Cancer. I spent many years feeling anger at all that I had lost – my business, my income, my physical health, my mental health, but most of all, my identity…and yet now I realise just how much it has also given me. I have learnt new skills and learnt more about me as a person which leads me to be able to help others in their lives.

It is the events of the past 5 years that have led to me where I am today, and as I look at Robert Dilts ‘Logical Levels’  it reassures me that I really am in the right place.

So, starting at the bottom of the pyramid you see the word environment.
Take a look at your environment around you

  • Where do you live?
  • What do you see, hear or smell?
  • Do you live in the hub hub of a city, or the quiet tranquility of the countryside?
  • Perhaps you live by the sea or in a small town?

How does your environment affect your behaviour?

  • What do you do for a living?
  • Do you have hobbies…what are they?
  • What car do you drive?
  • How do you socialise?
  • How do you like to relax?
  • What is your family life like?

So, taking in to account how you have answered the questions above, lets now think about your capabilities, how would they affect your behaviour if your environment were different?

  • If you lived by the sea rather than in a city would you still be a city executive…or would you be surf instructor?
  • Perhaps your car would be a 4wd if you lived in the countryside and a bike if you lived in a town?
  • How would your hobbies and relaxation techniques differ?
  • What do your children do?
  • What are their hobbies?

You see, when we start to look at our capabilities,  behaviour & environment it then causes us to take a closer look at our values and begin to ask the question…

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Why do I do the things I do?

  • Money
  • Love
  • Habit

Which then begs the question what is your identity?

  • Who are you
  • Are you an innovator
  • A creator
  • A teacher
  • Head of the family

Are you satisfied with where you are and what you do or are you looking for change?

We are born with a soul purpose in life, sadly not everyone realises their soul purposeand there is so much wasted talent out there.

If you find your passion your success will radiate through to the rest of your life.

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What is your purpose or your goal? No matter the terminology we use, everyone has a goal in life, the question is, what is yours and why?

If you are feeling at a crossroads in life, or not…take some time out and take a look at your logical levels, who knows what you’ll discover.

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