Drop-in session to clear up myths for co-habiting couples
COUPLES have the chance to uncover the myths of cohabitation laws at a new hot-topic session.
The Hudson Group, which recently rebranded to bring all its services in property, law and insurance under one roof, has launched a new series of drop-in sessions to help people tackle what are often difficult subjects.
One of the meetings will focus on the complex legal issues surrounding cohabitation.
Dominic Hudson, head of legal services at Hudson Law, said the last thing any happy couple wants to think about when they move in together is breaking up but it is important to know your rights.
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He said: "People often think that just by living together they will establish rights – they may not."
With the property often being the largest asset, disputes over this can arise if the pair decide to go their separate ways.
Despite how long a couple have been living together, if the parties separate, it is the ownership of the property that will often determine how any monies are to be divided.
If people are going to buy a property, Mr Hudson said that getting legal advice beforehand is wise, so they are both clear of the best way to buy the home and how they can protect themselves.
He said: "It is frightening how many people don't know their true legal position.
"We want to give people a better awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities as the laws surrounding cohabitation are complex, with each asset needing to be dealt with separately.
"For people who wish to live together they may consider having a cohabitation agreement and it is therefore essential that they have independent legal advice."
This drop-in session will take place in January but the first session of the series will be the Property Doctor on Thursday, November 15.
Oliver Hudson, CEO of Hudson Group and managing director of Hudson Property, said: "We are really trying to build up clients for life at the moment.
"We keep coming across difficult matters that affect people and thought we would introduce these drop-in sessions.
"We are offering this for people so they can come and get some free advice and the first one will provide impartial advice on property.
"It is about helping people in the buoyant market."
The free sessions, which also include one on wills and legal aid, will run at the Hessle office on Thursday evenings from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. The Property Doctor will be held on November 15.