It’s our forward thinking attitude that has seen us awarded the Northamptonshire Law Society, Large Law Firm Of The Year Award amongst many other awards and accreditations such as Lexcel, the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care.
You may be wondering just what exactly it is that we do differently for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender clients: the honest answer is, perhaps surprisingly…..nothing. We’ll treat you exactly the same as any other client, striving for client service excellence, great legal advice and a down to earth, friendly approach.
The plain truth is, we know the law and we know that you have a right to be treated exactly the same as anyone else…and that’s exactly what we’ll do.
What the law says
In simple terms, there should be no difference in the way the law is applied to same-sex couples and if you feel you have been discriminated against, not treated fairly or are just confused about your legal standing in relation to a particular issue, you’ll want a solicitor or lawyer who you feel comfortable with – being friendly, down to earth people is what we pride ourselves on.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender couples have the same legal rights as non-LGBT citizens, given that the UK provides one of the highest degrees of liberty in the world.
For couples that want legal recognition of their relationship there are two options for them: either same-sex marriage or a civil ceremony.
No doubt, everyone is familiar with the Supreme Court ruling in June 2018 where it unanimously ruled in favour of Rebecca Steinfeld, 37, and Charles Keidan, 41, from London. The court said the Civil Partnership Act 2004 – which only applies to same-sex couples – is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
Same sex marriage and civil partnership give you the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples in respect of pension rights, house ownership, inheritance issues and making ‘next of kin’ decisions in hospital.
For all couples, whether they are same sex or heterosexual, the law treats unmarried partners in a very different way to married couples. The term “common law” partner does not have any legal meaning within the law and it could be said to not exist! Therefore a couple choosing to live together do not receive any of the rights or obligations enjoyed by spouses or civil partners.
If you want to live as a couple without marriage there are steps you can put in place to protect yourself in the case of a relationship breakdown or if you were to pass away.
Putting things in place would mean your assets can be administered in the way you would want, setting out important choices such as your funeral arrangements, guardians for minor (young) children, and any gifts you wish to make.
The future can be uncertain – at Wilson Browne Solicitors we can help bring clarity.
People often worry that using a solicitor means uncertainty about cost. Not with the Family Law team at Wilson Browne. We promise to inform you before we begin and to keep you informed throughout.
We know how important it is to make the right decisions about your future and we are here to help you from the start.
Our Family Law solicitors offer expert advice from our convenient offices in Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester….in fact we cover most of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and sometimes beyond.
If you need any expert advice, contact our Specialist Team