mediation

Is there such a thing as balanced Mediation?

Is there such a thing as balanced Mediation? An experienced Mediator would be well used to different levels of strength between parties who seek to mediate any dispute whether  family or business or personal in nature.  Both parties in a dispute are spoken to separately and a list of their complaints and requirements are sought. …

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Where ther s a will there s a family

Where there is a Will there is a Family

The expression is sometimes heard amongst lawyers ‘ where there’s a will there’s a family’. A combination of adult children and a parent in the senior years of their life who may be in failing health and property invariably farmland are a potent combination for dispute amongst families in terms of inheritance. By way of background a…

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Child accident and compensation claims

Child Accident and Compensation, how fair is the system?

Child Accident and Compensation, how fair is the system? For anybody whose child was in an accident and compensation was received the court system provides that any compensation is invested until they reach the mature age of 18.  Whether this is for a 4-year-old child or a 12 year old teenager the idea is always…

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Family Home Mortgage Enforcements-Update

Family Home Mortgage Enforcements-Update

Family Home Mortgage Enforcements-Update Since the economic crash in 2008 a large amount of cases where there are mortgage arrears on family homes are now reaching the Court system. Recent statistics show that more than 100 homeowners get free legal aid to assist with their arrears situation. Great to see the new system assisting hard pressed homeowners getting appropriate advice to…

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Marriage Issues ? Solicitor or Marriage Counseling?

Marriage Issues ? Solicitor or Marriage Counseling? The first person to talk to is not a Solicitor rather a Marriage Guidance Counsellor.  Both the Church and the State provide facilities for someone to talk to in relation to marital difficulties.  Very often the problem is to get your Partner to meet and discuss their private matters…

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Can my ex husband or wife get away with not paying the bills?

We get asked this question all the time. Spouse leaves Family Home sets up with new relationship and says they have little or no funds to meet their First Family obligations . The urgency of the matter requires immediate court application to District Court ,available daily in Dublin and weekly in country areas. If the…

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7 Things you need to know for a Court appearance

7 Things you need to know for a Court appearance. Show up: if you are on a summons, and the charge is returnable to that date. You should make sure that you are there in person, whether or not you have legal representation. Some judges take it as disrespect to the court they are sitting…

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All picture no sound?

Is it all picture and no sound and you are separated and living in the same house? This came up recently in a case where a couple decided they were not able to live together as Man and Wife and they applied for Legal Separation.  As you may know a couple must apply for separation…

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Family Law

OceanFM-Family Law Monahan Solicitor

  President of the Sligo and County Sligo Solicitors Bar Association Michael Monahan spoke with Niall Delaney on OceanFM about the need to appoint a dedicated Family Law Judge for the North West Region in light of the large increase in cases. Just click the audio link to listen back to the interview. Have you had an…

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Cohabitation Agrement

Cohabitation Agreement – 6 Tips to keep the LOVE!

COHABITATION AGREEMENT – 6 Tips to keep the Love !    With more and more couples now deciding to move in together and cohabit before considering any question of marriage the Cohabitation Agreement has become a must for all such situations. While nobody thinks that their beloved partner will do anything but operate with the…

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