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Sharing custody during the Coronavirus outbreak – Who gets the children?

The Government has announced new rules which restricts when  people can leave their homes and prohibits meeting in groups of more than two people. This has resulted in schools across the UK closing. This is to ensure that social distancing measures are enforced, and the spread of the Coronavirus is kept to a minimum.

The rules are simple – stay in your home unless absolutely necessary.

However the situation is complicated if you are a separated parent and share the care of your children with your former partner. What does this mean for the children of parents who are co-parenting or sharing the care of their children?

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What is Probate and why do I need a Solicitor?

It’s not a pleasant prospect, but at some point during your life you will lose a loved one, and you may be left responsible for what happens to their possessions and property.

The last thing you want during this traumatic time is the burden of paper work, applications and trying to make sense of what is expected of you and understand the legal jargon involved with Probate – or even understanding what Probate is.

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Coronavirus: Caring for the elderly and vulnerable

As we are all now aware, the residents of the UK have been instructed to self-isolate for at least weeks. It’s important that we consider our elderly and vulnerable family members, neighbours and friends at this time.

The main issues which will arise for these individuals are:

  • Loneliness
  • Getting access to medical supplies
  • Getting access to food and necessities
  • Accidents

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Employer’s duty to safeguard employees’ mental health

After a week of unprecedented Government intervention the UK is now approaching the eye of the virus storm. However, this does not mean businesses cannot be planning for the future. On the contrary, business now have time to take stock, be creative and engage with those tasks that often get placed in the “when we have time” pile.

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Wills, Wills, Wills – A comprehensive guide to the importance of making a Will

Usually we don’t want to discuss death – it’s a morbid subject and, for many, it may seem very far away. However, it may sound cliché, but we don’t know what life will throw at us, and all what we have worked hard for, our possessions, our property, our finances, may be all at jeopardy if we don’t make a Will.

Don’t think of a Will as just a document you get when you’re elderly or in poor health, but consider a Will a vital piece of your family’s infrastructure, no matter what age you are, and something that will protect your children and your spouse, and will make happen what you want to happen after you’re gone.

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“What should I do if I’m being questioned by the Police?”

Criminal Defence Solicitor, Helen Toyne, advises on what you should do if you find yourself in the situation where you’re questioned by the Police and why you need a Duty Solicitor, in our blog post.

Scary thought, but you might find yourself in a situation where you are asked to visit a Police station at a later date for a voluntary interview or are arrested by a Police officer and taken to a Police station for questioning. What should you do?

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