Doctor Ivy Williams was a pioneer for women who joined the ranks of a male dominated profession on the 10th May 1922. It is remarkable that in nearly a hundred years since women were able to be called to the Bar in England and Wales, we still see women under-represented in the legal profession. Despite this passage of time, the Bar Standards Board Annual Report 2019/20 records that women only account for 39% of barristers and the retention rate for women 10-15 years call is far too low. I am sadden but not surprised.
Add the demands of family and child care to the day-to-day challenges of an unrelenting workload with long hours, too many open files and, often, a general lack of support and one can quickly see why. It is women who often take the strain. Balancing work-life with home-life in a competitive legal world which often goes far beyond the ‘9 til’ 5’ risks burn-out.
One hundred years later and we are doing “our bit” here at MLS by challenging status quo and disrupting legal sector with our new firm model. We bring our consultants relief through offering another way of working in the law. With a support and mentoring programme which prioritises our team, flexible working and 100% control, we can help them thrive in tandem with enjoying their homelife.
Postępowanie rozwodowe może odbyć się w Wielkiej Brytanii niezależnie od tego, gdzie miał miejsce ślub (np. w Polsce). Jednak, aby złożyć wniosek o rozwód w Wielkiej Brytanii, musi wystąpić jeden z poniższych czynników:
- Oboje małżonków mieszka w Anglii lub Walii z zamiarem zamieszkania stałego
- Oboje małżonków mieszkało w pewnym momencie w Anglii lub Walii z zamiarem zamieszkania stałego i jedno z was wciąż tam mieszka
- Współmałżonek, który złożył pozew o rozwód mieszka w Anglii lub Walii, ale nie ma zamiaru stałego zamieszkania
- Współmałżonek, który złożył pozew o rozwód, mieszkał w Anglii lub Walii przez co najmniej 12 miesięcy
A recent survey carried out by the Law Society confirmed that a staggering 93% of those who have made a will had not included any digital assets in their will*.
What are digital assets
Digital assets are important and can include everything from your free email and social media accounts through to your cherished family photos and important online bank accounts.
Despite the huge impact that technology has had on our lives in the recent years, few people understand what happens to their digital assets upon their death or why it is important to include them in their will.
I already have a will do I need to make it digital.
Omitting digital assets from a will can leave family members unable to access online accounts or photos. Closure of the deceased’s social media accounts will also be very difficult.
Furthermore, not having a digital will can seriously complicate obtaining the information for probate purposes thus making the whole process more stressful, longer and ultimately more expensive.
What is a digital Will?
Digital will is a will which deals with both your physical and digital assets. A qualified a solicitor will be able to advise you how to best include both types of assets in your will and draft a legally binding document.
MLS’ tip to keep your digital Will up to date:
Keeping a clear record of online passwords ensures that your estate is inherited exactly as you wish, and your loved ones are not faced with any additional stresses during probate.
Does your Will reflect your lifestyle?
Here at My Local Solicitor, we are proud to be ahead of the curve and writing modern digital wills is what we do best. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*A Populus survey of more than 1,000 members of the public commissioned by the Law Society asked several questions about whether people had made a will. The survey took place in late June 2020.