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Glossary of Legal Terms

We set out below a list of family law terminology to try and assist you in better understand what lawyers are talking about and some of the specific terms used. This glossary provides general information only. Specialist professional advice should always be taken and we cannot accept any liability for reliance on it.

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Inheritance Act

This refers to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, which gives spouses, former spouses and children (as well as others) the right to claim capital or monthly sums from the estate of a person who has died. It is invariably based on circumstances where the deceased was maintaining the applicant at date of death. The Act gives the family courts the power to terminate the right to make those claims in the future when hearing the financial claims at the time of divorce.

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax which may be charged on the value of a person’s estate at death. Specialist advice is needed if an issue, which we can arrange for you.

Injunction

A court order that requires action or prohibits action. Injunctions are often accompanied by a penal notice which carries risk of imprisonment for breach.

Issue

The process of making an application, paying a fee and having it sealed by the court. The application is then referred to as "issued" and is ready to be "served" on the other party.

 

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