with questions of an infirm or elderly relative's care and
management of his/her estate.
case will begin with us interviewing you at length so
we know the history of the relationship; to keep costs
as low as possible, we ask you to provide us with a written
report setting out the circumstances of your case, with
dates, times, names, and as much detail as possible. Remember
you know more about your case than we do, so the more
detail the better. We need to know how you and your spouse
divided child care and household responsibilities, how
much each of you worked outside the home, and the dates
each of you did so, what you earned, and what financial
arrangements you had, what assets each of you brought
into the relationship, and what assets were acquired after
the relationship began. We will give you a financial worksheet
to complete, from which we can prepare a Property and
Financial Statement - a document that the Court requires
at the outset.
about 10% of cases actually go to trial; the vast majority
are settled by negotiation. We do however obtain a trial
date "just in case"; if your case cannot be settled, at
least there is a trial date, which means the end is in
will not try to explain the whole process here: it is
complex, and more easily explained in person.