Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Liddy Neilan Solicitors

Liddy Neilan Solicitors will close for the Christmas holidays on Friday, 21st of December at 1.00pm and will re-open on Thursday, 3rd of January 2019 at 9.00am.

We wish all of our clients, staff, family and friends a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Top 5 Reasons to Write Your Will Today

Reasons to make a will Liddy Neilan Solicitors

According to a recent survey, 7 out of 10 Irish people have not made a will.

The survey, conducted by life, pensions and investment company Royal London of 1,000 Irish adults nationwide found that 36% said they do not have a will in place, with another 36% “putting it on the long finger”. 29% believe that starting a family would be the perfect time to create a will while 23% believe the right time is when buying a house. However, the best time to write a will is now.

So, why is it so important to “get your affairs in order”? Well, the list is endless we list the top 5 reasons below:

  1. Most obviously, and importantly, having a will in place provides legal clarity over what a person wants to do with their estate and assets after the die. Without a will, the law determines how a person’s assets are distributed.
  2. When a spouse dies, most people tend to pass on the estate in its entirety to their husband / wife. However, without a will, any assets not held in the joint names would pass under the Rules of Intestacy. This means that if you die without leaving a will and you are survived by a spouse and children your estate will be divided as follow- 2/3 to your spouse and 1/3 equally between your children.  This can cause difficulties in relation to the family home and if children are under the age of 18 at the time of your death.
  3. Without a will in place it may make things difficult financially for the beneficiaries.
  4. By having a will in place it will ensure that you can engage in tax planning in order to minimise the inheritance tax liability of the beneficiaries.
  5. Peace of mind – knowing that you have provided written clarity around all of your wishes and assets relieves stress and allows you to put your mind at rest.

At Liddy Neilan, we advise executors, personal representatives and beneficiaries of their duties, rights and entitlements in relation to the administration of a deceased’s estate.
We also have experience in drafting and registering enduring powers of attorney and dealing with wards of court applications.

Call us today to discuss your will and wishes. We would be delighted to talk you through the process.

Have you made your will?

It was announced last month that RTE have preserved 9,000 hours of news content in digital archives collection. The RTÉ Archives News Collection was launched in National Library of Ireland in Dublin in October.

The collection includes all sorts of interesting pieces but one of particular interest to us was this piece in advance of the Law Society of Ireland’s ‘Make a Will Week’ which was recorded in Wicklow in 1982.

Watch the piece here:
https://www.rte.ie/archives/2017/1101/916708-making-a-will/

At Liddy Neilan we can advise you on Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates. It is very important to make a will to make sure your wishes are carried out after your death. We will provide you with legal and practical advice to guide you through this process to include succession planning and the tax implications involved.

We advise executors, personal representatives and beneficiaries of their duties, rights and entitlements in relation to the administration of a deceased’s estate.

We also have experience in drafting and registering enduring powers of attorney and dealing with wards of court applications.

Have you made your will yet? If not, contact us today.

2015 saw record level of divorce applications

Figures compiled by the Law Society’s family and child law committee show that 2015 was a record year for divorce applications.

This followed a drop in divorce rates during the recession.
The committee’s research suggests that family law disputes may have been postponed during the economic crisis as couples chose not to apply for divorce because of factors such as an inability to run two households, negative equity in the family home, and a downturn in businesses.

Divorce application rates dropped by over 12% in 2009.

Read more about divorce in Ireland here.

If you would like to discuss any issues relating to family law to including divorce, separation agreements, custody/access/maintenance/domestic violence, non-marital relationships or co-habitation issues, please contact us in confidence today.

New family law handbook reflects legal and societal change in Ireland

Leading family law practitioners from across Ireland gathered at Blackhall Place yesterday for the launch of the Law Society of Ireland’s new handbook, Family Law in Ireland – Code of Practice.

Significant new standards have been introduced in the new code of practice. Couples who choose to proceed to court must first sign a certificate verifying that they have been fully advised on the alternatives to litigation, the handbook also seeks to put the voice of the child at the centre of proceedings and aims to guard against “strange happenings in closed family court”.

Read the full article here or download the handbook.

New website launched

Liddy Neilan, general legal practice established in Rosocommon  by Jennifer Liddy and Sinead Neilan has this week launched their new website www.liddyneilan.ie.

Liddy Neilan provides a professional service of the highest quality in a manner that is efficient, cost effective and client focused.

Practice areas include conveyancing – residential and commercial, wills, probate and administration of estates, personal injury claims and medical negligence*, litigation (District Court, civil, criminal, family law.

If you have anything that you would like to discuss, please contact us. We would be delighted to hear from you.
* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.