Some Questions Answered

If the police or fiscals issue you with a ticket or warning letter, contact us immediately time limits can apply to challenges these tickets or warnings.

No - contact us today to discuss again we are very successful in having cases dropped due to technicalities that can only be raised and challenged at the start of the process, pleading not guilty can stop these challenged. Contact us today to discuss.

If you receive a citation it means you have been summoned to court contact us immediately so that we can discuss with you the next steps, don't ignore the citation. In road traffic cases it is important that you do not simply plead not guilty as we are very successful at having cases dropped due to technicalities at this stage.

An arranged attendance is a court date given to you by the PF if you failed to attend at court previously it is an alternative to them sending the police to arrest you.

If you have given a statement to the police about a criminal matter it is likely that you will be cited to attend court as a witness. If you are cited as a witness or wish to discuss your statement contact us for a free consultation.

If you find out that the police want to interview you contact us immediately on our 24/7 helpline, we are here to help, you are entitled to free legal representation before, during and immediately after the interview. You are entitled to answer "No Comment" to almost every question asked, we advise our clients to do this to preserve their position. If you are unable to speak to us prior to being detained ask for us at the police station and we will attend and represent you robustly.

Often people find out that the police have a search warrant to search their house after they come back to find their locks change and the house searched! The police after searching a house normally leave a calling card to discuss and to arrange an interview. Contact us and we will be able to arrange an interview time that suits you, if an interview is necessary and we will be able to find out information about the case.

If you think you have a warrant out for you, contact us immediately, we will be able to do a warrant check, we will be able to help and ask for an arranged attendance to stop you from being arrested.

Many clients are assisted by different types of legal aid depending on the individual case. Usually clients receive Advice and Assistance (AA) - this is the first type of legal aid available. This covers negotiating with the other side and resolving matters out with court. For example, if the case can't be resolved without going to court an application for full Legal Aid can be made in both cases either a contribution or clawback may be due however we will advise you fully about this as appropriate. Legal aid is means tested which means that you may qualify. If you do not qualify for legal aid or your case is a case where legal aid is not available, we will discuss with you a variety of flexible payment solutions. Contact our lawyers today to discuss your particular issues and circumstances.

Most clients who receive a writ contact ourselves to discuss what they want to do. The majority of divorce cases are solved / settled without a proof (a civil trial) meaning that the case is sorted without arguments in court. For many clients, it is a case or sorting out and fine tuning the details when they receive a divorce writ.

The first step is contacting our lawyers to discuss your options. Different options and routes are available if, for example, you are already separated, if you don't have children, or if both sides are wanting to get a divorce.

Mediation involves both sides talking through issues together and coming up with solutions rather than, for example, the court deciding the outcome. This allows both sides to have control over what will happen to a much larger degree than if the issues were decided by the court.

A NID is exactly what it sounds like - a notice of intention to defend. If you are defending any civil case, you need to complete a NID. Our solicitors will guide you through this process.

Parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles and other persons if they have an "interest", can apply to the court for PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES (PRRs), if they don't have them already for example because there name is on the birth certificate, you can apply to court to have them they give you certain responsibilities and certain rights to comply with those responsibilities such as the responsibility to keep in contact with your child and the right to have contact to keep up your relationship.

We regularly see fathers contact ourselves asking for help about this issue. There are a number of ways to have contact can be reestablished. By getting a lawyer of your own, you can fight for your rights to have contact and custody with your child. Usually this begins with us contacting your former partner, on many occasions simply having a lawyer, a professional contacting them can encourage contact to begin again. If this is not successful we can take the matter to court, so that you can get an order allowing you to have contact with consequences for the other side if they don't let you see your child we can start to fight for your rights as a father.

It is vital you contact our office immediately - there are certain time limits in civil cases and the quicker you contact a lawyer the better prepared you are for the court case.

A simplified divorce is one where there are no financial claims being made and no children under 16. As there are no issues relating to the sharing of money or the custody of children, with the consent of both parties or for example separation after 2 years the court are able to grant divorces quickly.

We aim to have the vast majority of divorce cases completed within 9 months, some divorces can take longer than others. For example simplified divorces can be completed within a month whereas more complex divorces or where the split is not amicable can take longer.

A residence order is a decision of the court stating where a child or children of a relationship should live many times alongside a residence order the court also grants a contact order which states when and where a parent should have contact with there child or children.

In any family law case where contact or custody of children is in dispute the court assigns a child welfare hearing at this hearing the court looks into what is best for the child in terms of where the child stays and when/if it is in their best interests to see a parent. Often at these hearings a Bar Report is commissioned, a bar reporter is a lawyer who is independent of either side and will are enquiries, speak to both parents, the child, the council and the school of the child to provide a report to the court as to what they think is in the best interests of the child as far as the dispute is concerned.

In Scotland there are a number of ways people can get divorced. A simplified divorce is where there are not financial issues or child issues in the case, meaning that paperwork can be completed by one or both parties allowing for a quick turn about and grant of a divorce. If finances and/or children are involved in a divorce case, the case is more complex and requires different matters to be negotiated and resolved. At all times we seek to make the process as straightforward and simple for our client to allow them to moved forward with their lives as quickly as possible whilst robustly protecting there financial position and relationship with their child/children.

A minute of agreement in a divorce case basically simplifies the court element of the case. Both sides agree distribution of the assets i.e. Pensions and properties and child arrangements without a court having to decide. This allows our clients to have as much control over the situation as possible.

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