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FT Advisers Guide - a legal and practical guide to managing big and complicated modern families

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Modern blended family arrangements can be complex, giving rise to a number of practical and emotional issues.  Important legal and financial implications must also be considered. To help guide you through the maze our family and private client teams have written a comprehensive guide for the FT’s Adviser website, covering:

  • Stepchildren – are stepparents obliged to provide financial provision? Or what if a parent would prefer to leave an estate to their stepchildren as opposed to their blood children?
  • A second family – advice on what to do if a parent wants to leave his/her entire estate to children from a second relationship perhaps because the older children have already had considerable hand outs
  • How to make provision for spendthrift children
  • Dealing with the emotional impact of decisions and managing feelings of entitlement

Charlotte Coyle is a senior associate in our family law team, Lilly Whale is an associate in our private client team, their full guide can be accessed at the FT Adviser link below. Please get in touch with Charlotte or Lilly if you experience paywall issues when you try to access the guide.

FT Adviser – link to the full guide on advising the modern ‘blended’ family

https://www.ftadviser.com/tax-efficient-investments/2020/08/18/how-to-advise-the-modern-blended-family/

Charlotte Coyle

Charlotte specialises in family law and advises on a full range of children and matrimonial issues including divorce, dissolution of civil partnerships, cohabitation, separation and pre & post nuptial agreements.

Charlotte is available at ccoyle@gdaw.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7092 8534.

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Goodman Derrick - Family Law

Divorce and relationship breakdown is stressful beyond words. Aside from the emotional issues, there are concerns for the welfare of the children of the family and almost always serious financial consequences.

As experienced family lawyers our objective is to guide our clients through the legal process so as to minimize the financial costs and to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you would like additional information on any area of family law please visit our Family Law section of our website.

Lilly Whale

Lilly is a Private Client solicitor. She qualified in September 2019.

Lilly deals with both pre- and post-death matters, from the preparation of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney to applications for probate and administration of estates.

She also advises on general estate planning and the creation and administration of trusts, and matters concerning charities and charity law.

Lilly is available on lwhale@gdlaw.co.uk or on +44 (0)20 7092 8522.

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Goodman Derrick – Private Client

Our Private Client Group is able to offer expert advice to individuals and their families on a wide range of matters.

Whether it is a family matter, preparing tax efficient wills and trusts, administering estates, dealing with lasting powers of attorney or Court of Protection work, we work closely with our clients. We provide a personal and responsive service and take a close interest in our clients’ welfare.

If you would like additional information on our private client service please visit our website.


This guide is for general information and interest only and should not be relied upon as providing specific legal advice. If you require any further information about the issues raised in this article please contact the author or call 0207 404 0606 and ask to speak to your usual Goodman Derrick contact.