Escaping the World of Wills, Probate and Family Law

Saturday morning, 28th February 2015, 8.30am, ambling from LUAS to office.  Mind set on getting in a good morning’s work.  Wills for Mr and Mrs X, move on Mr Z’s probate, prepare for family law case next week, when all of a sudden second take was called for.  St Stephens Green, the bustling heart of Dublin, and right in front of us was a scene from a rustic childhood, a farrier at work. Had a few quick words with the man in question, John McCormick, before going about my business in uplifted mood.

Apprentice farrier John McCormick, from Drimnagh, at work Sat 28 February 2015 with No 11 St. Stephens Green in the background

Thomas Barry is a Partner in Thomas Barry Solicitors & Company, a legal practice based in Dublin and has over 30 years experience.  He regularly writes about matters that relate to the legal profession.


Mediation in Family Separation

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process whereby the parties try to resolve disputes with the help of an independent third party - a mediator.

When a marriage, civil partnership or other relationship breaks up the consequences are traumatic and life changing. To properly protect your interests and those of children it is generally necessary to enter into a formal legal separation. Mediation offers an alternative to the courts.

The Mediator's Role

The mediator does not take sides, make judgements or give guidance. His or her chief function is to build consensus between the parties and allow people make their own decisions.


Home Buyers – Conveyancing Solicitor Outlines The First Steps

Almost overnight the Dublin housing market has changed. According to the Prime International Residential Index 2014 from Knight Frank Dublin was the fifth fastest growing property market in the world in 2013 with growth in Dublin (17.5 per cent) now surpassing that of London (7.5 per cent); New York (10.4 per cent); and Sydney (9.3 per cent).

Conveyancing solicitor

While many of us, still reeling from the crash of the Celtic Tiger, might look on these statements with a jaundiced eye it is clear that momentum has built, transactions numbers are increasing and in most parts of Dublin residential property values have significantly recovered even if average prices have yet to come near pre-crisis levels.


What To Do With Important Legal Documents Now The Banks Will No Longer Keep Them

The recent announcement by Bank of Ireland that it was “commencing a phased withdrawal of safekeeping facilities” will mean customers being asked to remove valuables and important legal documents, such as deeds and wills. With other banks likely to follow suit, a large number of customers, particularly older customers, will be inconvenienced and will have to make alternative arrangements.


Legal Document Storage

The bank cited unacceptable health, safety and security risks as well as excessive insurance and space demands. As solicitors nowadays suffer from similar constraints it is no longer practical for us to store large quantities of documents.


An Enduring Power Of Attorney – Necessary & Straightforward.

What is the Difference between a Will and an Enduring Power of Attorney?

An Enduring Power of Attorney comes into effect should you lose your mental capacity. Alzheimer’s, dementia and failing health are just some of the increasingly common scenarios.

A Will comes into operation only after your death. Until then it has no force or effect.

Enduring Power of Attorney

What Does an Enduring Power of Attorney Do?



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