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3 Steps Needed to Reduce Family Court Delays

Couples who are separating or divorcing can face long family court delays – up to one year in some areas. That’s according to statistics from the Court Service. Families in Wexford, Tullamore and Dundalk have faced delays of 24 to 52 weeks for a hearing (read more here). But these families also face further delays before they can even apply to court.  Couples are legally required to wait one year …Read More

How to Sell Your House Quickly: Practical Tips

If you are thinking of moving, planning ahead now can help you sell your house quickly by avoiding delays. Most homeowners expect some delays, but there are financial reasons to avoid them as much as possible. Selling more quickly may get you a better price, according to UK research.  It suggests that homes taking exactly 12 days to sell are the most likely to achieve their maximum asking price. The research …Read More

Why everyone should consider making a will

Not everyone wants to think about making a will. In fact, very few clients I meet want to think about dying, particularly those who are the younger side of 50. As a result, the age profile of most of my clients who are making a will is over 50. Generally, as people approach retirement, they start to think more keenly about what they will leave behind after they die. They …Read More

Inheritance Law: Can Parents Cut You Out of the Will?

Under new proposals to change Inheritance Law, adult children who are no longer considered to be dependents may lose out when a parent dies. The central implication of the change is that it may be harder to challenge the will of their deceased parent. On the other hand, if a parent dies without leaving a will and their other parent is still alive, children can challenge their entitlements. Who is …Read More

5 Steps to Strengthen UN Human Rights

Ways to improve UN Special Procedures on Human Rights Human  Rights have more relevance to individuals than people realise but countries – including Ireland – must be held to account in complying with their Human  Rights obligations. A key tool for addressing this compliance is the UN Special Procedures system, but it has weaknesses – mainly around sanctions, resources and awareness – which must be tackled. How do the UN …Read More

Child Abduction: the need to act quickly

A parent needs to act quickly in cases of child abduction. That is the conclusion to be drawn from a recent decision of the High Court. Child abduction involves the removal of a child to another country by one parent without the permission of the other parent.  In the case of JJ v PJ, earlier this year the High Court in Ireland refused the application by the father of a …Read More

Shortlisted for Irish Law Awards 2017

I’m delighted to be shortlisted among some great nominees for the Irish Law Awards 2017. I’ve been selected as a Finalist for Leinster Provincial Solicitor of the Year and for Family Law Team/Lawyer of the Year, and it means more than I can say to receive this kind of recognition from my peers. The panel who select the shortlisted finalists is made up mainly of members of the profession, and …Read More

Easing the trauma of divorce in family law courts

Cutting the compulsory 4-year wait time for a divorce in Ireland in half would be a welcome change for families facing marital breakdown. It could help many couples avoid going through a legal separation process, in addition to divorce proceedings – which can involve going through the family law courts twice over. However, this change will take time. In the meantime I believe there are many steps which our government …Read More

DM Burke open new office in Wicklow Town

DM Burke Solicitors are delighted to announce that we have now opened new offices at 1 Upper New Street, Wicklow Town. “I started off my professional career – 23 years ago! – working in the Legal Aid Board in Wicklow Town, and afterwards in private practice in Wicklow,” says Deirdre Burke, principal of the practice. “So in many ways Wicklow is not new to me, and I’m delighted with the …Read More

How 2-year divorce will help separating couples

Since divorce was introduced in Ireland in 1996, there has always a compulsory waiting time of 4 years before proceedings for divorce could begin after a couple separated.  Now there is a proposal from Josepha Madigan TD to reduce the waiting time for Divorce in Ireland from 4 years, and introduce 2-year divorce. Such a change will require an amendment to the Constitution, but the reduction in the waiting time …Read More