Monthly Archives: January 2014

What is a Structured Personal Injury Settlement?

Structured Personal Injury Settlement If you are awarded a large personal injury claim, should you take the money in a lump sum, or should you opt for regular payments? Some of the largest sums awarded in civil actions - on both sides of the Atlantic - are for medical negligence, personal injury, and the like. This is because many of the successful claimants will be incapacitated for the rest of their lives to varying degrees. To take just one example, in October 2011, a 12 year old boy was awarded some £5 million in an out-of-court-settlement with the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust after suffering brain damage allegedly as the result of an operation to correct a heart defect in...
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Stay-at-home husband in £11m divorce battle

A top investment banker and her stay-at-home husband are locked in an £11m divorce battle, after an argument on a family holiday ended their marriage. House husband, Weng Choy, filed for divorce from his "breadwinner" wife, Lena Tan, in January 2012, after a row days earlier on New Year's Eve, whilst on a family holiday in Singapore, proved the "final straw", lawyers say. Ms Tan and Mr Choy lived an opulent lifestyle during their 15-year marriage, enjoying homes in Hong Kong and Malaysia, a staggering £1m wine collection and the "jewel in the crown" of their marital assets, an unmortgaged £4.5m apartment in Kensington. Now Mr Choy, 56, is asking the English courts to hand him a slice of the marital assets -...
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Helping Women Deal With Death And Divorce

Daughter want divorceMajor life events are often the catalyst for equally sizable financial decisions, so most advisors are well versed in what it takes to help their wealthy clients prepare for and manage key milestones. Some events, however, happen without warning, such as death or divorce. Unwelcomed circumstances such as these require a special approach. Late last year, I moderated a Financial Advisor webinar with Kathleen Burns Kingsbury, a Janus wealth psychology expert, on this very subject. In the following interview, Kingsbury, the author of How to Give Financial Advice to Women and How to Give Financial Advice to Couples, tells Private Wealth readers what advisors can expect from their grieving clients and how to engage most effectively with women who are...
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Personal Injury Law: The downside of judge’s ruling

Personal Injury LawWhile a judge had commendable goals in declaring an end to lawyers’ practice of reviewing draft expert reports, her recent Superior Court decision may have the unwelcome consequence of affecting who counsel retain as experts. According to Justice Janet Wilson’s conclusions in Moore v. Getahun on Jan. 14, counsel’s practice of reviewing draft expert reports must stop and meetings with experts to go over the reports are no longer acceptable. In Moore, the plaintiff had developed compartment syndrome and claimed it was as a result of negligent medical treatment he received on his fractured wrist following a motorcycle accident. Like many experts, the defence medical expert had prepared a draft report and had sent it to his counsel for comments. In reviewing the...
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UK statistics of divorce 2013

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="132"]Matrimonial Survey 2013 Matrimonial Survey 2013[/caption] Our 10th annual matrimonial survey of UK family lawyers looks at current trends in family law – and reveals the who, why and how much of UK divorce. Since the inception of Grant Thornton’s matrimonial survey 10 years ago, the landscape of family law has changed considerably, with shifting family dynamics and landmark judgments making headlines, including in 2013: Prest-v-Petrodel, M-v-M and the removal of legal aid for most family cases. Coupled with a significant downturn in the global economy, all this has meant that the issues facing family lawyers are constantly evolving. Our latest survey canvassed the opinions of 85 of the UK’s leading family lawyers. Here are some of the key statistics...
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Counselling vouchers could drive down divorce rate

divorce-in-irelandSocial Services Minister Kevin Andrews' plan to equip couples with $200 vouchers for counselling could drive the national divorce rate down, Relationships Australia says. The government's $20 million, 12-month trial will start on July 1. It is the brainchild of Mr Andrews, who has said he wants to ''help couples achieve a greater degree of happiness and stability and thereby a better environment for their children''. Mr Andrews is the author of Maybe I do: Modern marriage and the pursuit of happiness, a 2012 book that defends traditional marriage from the ''constant siege'' he argues the institution is subject to. In his book, Mr Andrews says that governments should do more to help prevent the breakdown of families, which he says poses a grave...
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£100k spent on compensation for school personal injury accidents

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Nearly £100,000 was paid by Redbridge Council in compensation for accidents and injuries in schools, new figures show.

In the past five years, the authority received 61 personal injury claims, acccording to a freedom of information discolusre to the Employment Law Advisory Service (ELAS).

The claims relate to children, staff, parents, visitors and contractors.


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Dealing with divorce: book about best practices

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Renee Bauer has served as a family law practitioner for 10 years supporting struggling couples with the process of divorce.

The local resident said that with so much inaccurate material available about the subject, she thought it would be fitting to combine her knowledge of the business and her passion for writing to produce a book that will properly address someone’s needs.

Bauer’s recently...

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Roadside device will test drivers for drugs

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"]Garda saliva test for drug drivers Garda saliva test for drug drivers[/caption] Tenders will issue early next year for a new roadside device to test motorists for illegal drugs and medicines that can impair driving, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said. The devices will test a driver’s saliva and if the sample taken is positive for the presence of either the driver will be brought to a Garda Station where a blood sample will be taken for analysis. Drug driving has been relatively under-detected to date, in part because it is more challenging to test for than alcohol. This is because multiple substances are being tested for and because the quantities consumed, and available for detection,...
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Crash victims can still claim compensation

Victims need only to prove that the person against whom they are bringing their claim was at least partly to blame for the accident. They don’t have to prove that the other motorist was driving so badly that they committed a road traffic offence." Mr Ryan, who has more than 20 years’ experience representing injured victims of road traffic accidents, said it was rare for the other driver to be prosecuted but this did not mean that they were not wholly or partly to blame for the accident. "A conviction against the other driver for a motoring offence can, of course, help a claimant but the lack of conviction does not absolve the other driver from blame," he said. "What matters is whether...
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