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018 is upon us and with it comes the promise of growth
and change. As part of our expansion we are excited
to launch Martina Murphy Solicitors Newsletter. We
have specifically designed it to provide clients with up to date
practical legal information pertaining to their day to day lives.
Whether you are an individual or a small business, we hope
there will be something useful for you to peruse. If you find
it useful or think that it may be benefit someone you know
please share it. If you would like us to address any particular
area of law in our next Newsletter, which will be published in
April, please do let us know.
Best wishes,
Martina Murphy Solicitors
IN THIS ISSUE
MEET OUR TEAM
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL?
RECENT CHANGES IN FAMILY LAW
RECENT NEWS
NEWSLETTER
ISSUE 1 | SPRING 2018
MARTINA MURPHY SOLICITORS
MARTINA MURPHY, PRINCIPAL SOLICITOR
Martina Murphy is originally from Co. Galway
and is a graduate of the University of Limerick.
She founded her own practice in 2007. As well
as being a solicitor Martina is also an accredited
commercial mediator. Martina has a particular
interest in family law, commercial law, mental
health law and education law. Martina is mar-
ried and lives with her husband and three boys
in County Limerick.In her spare time she can
be seen supporting her three sports mad boys,
helping with school activities and catching up
with friends. She is also a Board member of
Homeless Charity Novas.
ANTOINETTE CUSACK, ASSOCIATE PARTNER
Antoinette Cusack is a graduate of the
University of Limerick. She joined the prac-
tice in September 2010. Antoinette special-
ises in Personal Injury Litigation, Licensing and
Employment Law. Antoinette has two young
boys and enjoys all things equestrian, reading
and supporting Limerick GAA.
ALVA CRONIN, SOLICITOR
Alva Cronin is a graduate of University College
Cork. She joined the practice in 2012. Alva spe-
cialises in Conveyancing, Probate and Landlord
and Tenant Law. Alva has one child and enjoys
supporting Munster rugby and the cinema.
AISLING CARR, SOLICITOR
Aisling Carr is also a graduate of University
College Cork. She joined the practice in 2016.
Aisling specialises in Family Law, Personal Injury
Litigation and District Court matters. Aisling is
soon to be married to David and we wish her
all the best.
CAROLINE KENNELLY, LEGAL RECEPTIONIST
Caroline Kennelly joined the practice in 2014.
She is an enthusiastic and ecient member of
our team. She ensures there is a kind word and
warm welcome given to each client when they
phone or visit the oce. Caroline also ensures
that the oce is run in a smooth and ecient
manner. Caroline recently gave birth to a beauti-
ful baby girl Hannah. In her spare time Caroline
can be seen catching up on over due sleep!!
MEET OUR TEAM
ISSUE 1 | SPRING 2018
U
nderstandably making a Will is
not something that is on the
top of most people’s “To Do”
List, however, it is a very important
document that each of us should have,
particularly If you are a parent or own
a business.
So why is a Will so important?
- It makes it easier for your loved ones:
Leaving a Will helps to avoid disputes
between your relatives as no one is left
in doubt about who you want to leave
your estate to.
- Looking after your loved ones:
Leaving a Will is particularly important
if you have children under the age of
eighteen. It is important to appoint
a Guardian who can step into your
shoes and look after your children’s
needs once you have passed. Also, it is
important that someone you trust can
manage the assets which you have left
in your Will to your children until they
are old enough and mature enough to
do this for themselves.
- Tax: A carefully planned Will can
reduce the amount of tax payable to
the State upon your death.
- You decide: By leaving a Will you get
to decide how your assets will be dis-
tributed and who is to deal with your
aairs on your behalf. This can give you
peace of mind and reassurance that
your wishes will be followed through.
What happens if I do not make a Will?
If you die without having left a Will,
your assets are distributed according to
the Laws of Intestacy in Ireland which
can be quite complex depending upon
your family structure.
How do I make a Will and where can
I get more information on the Laws
of Intestacy?
To avail of a free consultation with Alva
Cronin please make contact with us to
schedule an appointment by email at:
info@martinamurphy.ie
or by telephone, 061 303311*
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL?
MARTINA MURPHY SOLICITORS ISSUE 1 | SPRING 2018
DISLAIMER: The contents available through this newsletter are provided for informational purposes, are general in nature and are not
an attempt to accurately restate the law of any jurisdiction at any given point in time. The contents are not intended, and cannot be considered,
as legal advice. Martina Murphy Solicitors does not give any warranties for the contents herein and hereby disclaim liability for
negligence and all other liabilities.
RECENT CHANGES IN FAMILY
LAW
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p until recently, unmarried
fathers in Ireland had no auto-
matic guardianship rights in
respect of their children.
This changed with the enactment of
the Children and Family Relationships
Act, 2015 which provides that unmar-
ried fathers will automatically become
guardians of their children if they have
cohabited with the child’s mother for
a period of one year, including a three
month period following the child’s
birth. This change came into eect
in January 2016 and only applies to
fathers who have been living with
their child’s mother for at least twelve
months after the 18th of January 2016.
For more information on the above
change and other changes made by
the Act, please contact Aisling Carr
our Family Law Solicitor.
RECENT NEWS
A
ward season is upon us and
we are pleased to announce
that Martina Murphy
Solicitors for the fourth consecutive
year have been awarded the presti-
gious Q3000 Legal Quality Standard.
This award is given to such firms who
achieve the highest standards in client
care, transparency and compliance.
We are the only firm in the locality to
be awarded this accolade and Martina
is extremely proud of her dedicated
sta who make this happen every year
by maintaining the highest standards.