The Magna Carta: Is it “all Latin” or of legal relevance still?
The Great Charter of 1215 is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year, but do any of the clauses hold any relevance to modern day family life? The BG Family Team were surprised to discover that some of our working law today has sound medieval roots. Whereas the other bits make for some rather interesting reading…
Clause 6: “Heirs may be given in marriage, but not to someone of lower social standing. Before a marriage takes place, it shall be made known to the heir’s next-of-kin.”
Clause 7: “At her husband’s death, a widow may have her marriage portion (financial entitlement) and inheritance at once and without trouble…She may remain in her husband’s home for forty days after his death…”
We like the first part, but the second part may need some adjustment…
Clause 8: “No widow shall be compelled to marry, so long as she wishes to remain without a husband.”
That must be right.
The BG Family Lawyers have no expertise in medieval law. We are each accredited by Resolution as specialist family law practitioners.
Our experience may not date back to the days of King John, however, we pride ourselves on knowing the law which is relevant to you and your family, and on ensuring that the important things in your life are protected, and stay protected.
To find out how we can help you and those close to you, please contact us for an informal and confidential chat on 01903 229912. We promise not to use any Latin, well, perhaps just a little, now and then.
Article by Jackie Mensah, Associate Solicitor – Resolution trained and accredited with an additional qualification in collaborative law
The information contained in this article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be legal advice. Professional advice should always be taken on the application of the law in any particular situation