Help !!!! My barister has left it very late to even start to tell me the things I need to know for the Final Hearing in 2 weeks time and he often doesn''t get back to me with answers very fast, if at all !!
I spent a fortune on photocopying 2 years worth of personal and business bank and building soc statements a year ago when the financial settlement started, and have given updated ones to the Court and the ex ever sinse.
Do I need to produce a whole new ''batch'' now, times 5, for the Trial Bundle? This is ludicrous if I do.
From what I''ve gathered so far...all that ongoing ''submitted to Court'' paperwork throughout the last year is all going to have to be re-copied and re-submitted to the Court, and the ex, plus another 3 copies for the Trial day.
Why can''t they just leave it all to then in the first place, if it is deffinately going to go the full course to a final hearing ??
I''m getting very twitchy now and worried about getting all the right things in the right places. The barrister is probably too busy to spend as much time as I really need helping me with this. As a direct access case I need some extra help, but don''t always get it.
So.....does anybody know?? Do I have to do it all again and page number each statement etc. If so.. is it better to have a separate file for all of the financial stuff?
What have the court asked you to do, are you sure its for you to produce the bundle, usually it falls to the side who has a solicitor.
If it is for you to compile then you need two copy''s one for you one for the judge, for the other side all you need to give them is an index to the bundle.
Often bundles produced by us lay people are not shall we say great, so read the presidents Directions for bundles in the library.
Use a4 box files, with no more than 350 pages in each, mark the files clearly with your name and case number, and use nice big elastic bands so if they get dropped its not a sea of paper on the floor.
The top of box 1 should be the index, staple statements together, so all the bank statements then another for credit cards.
Your index, documents should be clearly marked, so your bank statements will have your initials and then a number.
So lets say your first document is the bank statements, the index will say JB1 and you mark the statements at the top first page JB1, the letters are from you name in this case John Brown the number is sequential.
You''re right, the info I have so far is to use lever arch files, and nothing else, but I have 3 years worth of 3 bank accounts and the Court and ex have both had copies with form E and additional ones up to the present. I have a barrister,...the ex has a solicitor who will only be giving info by mail but not attending to represent the ex ( he''s unsure if he will get the high cost of charge from the ex who is broke, as he is a day''s travelling away from here.
I''ve read that I have to do 5 copies of all things to be referred to in the Court on the day ...so 5 copies of 3 bank accounts for 3 years ( I need 3 years to point out certain things ) as well as everything else is daunting, esp as Court and ex have already had them in dribs and drabs. The library here charges 15p per copy !!!
I am doing my bit on my own..the barrister is costing mega-money anyway so he is letting me cut costs by doing some things myself...but then he forgets to tell me what to do sometimes and I flounder.
Any advice please is most appreciated on this. I only have a few days to try to get it all done. 3 properties involved ( 2 for rental ) large family home, a large inheritanace from me in 2000 and a child with apergers syndrome....tricky!!