It has been widely reported in the news that possession claims have been put on hold since the pandemic started in March of this year. However what will happen after this is lifted?
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 it 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.
You may be considering, or have decided to, end your marriage and file for Divorce. The Divorce process is an emotionally challenging experience, complicated and often heart breaking.
When a couple decide to separate and begin the Divorce process they usually make joint decisions regarding their children’s well being, finances and property.
However as the process begins and time goes on, views often change which can cause conflict and negotiations are required to try to resolve any dispute.If you decide to handle your Divorce yourself you will be responsible for dealing with the emotional strain and difficulty of negotiating with your former partner alone and you may risk not getting the best you can for you and your family.
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.
It can be daunting contacting a law firm and discussing our private, and sometimes embarrassing, matters with a stranger, especially when dealing with an Accident or Personal injury. It also may seem easier and straightforward to deal with a legal matter ourselves. However, this is not the case.
When someone is injured due to an accident they are entitled to claim for compensation for their injuries and financial losses, provided it can be shown that someone else was at fault and that their negligence caused the injuries.
Evidence has to be obtained to prove the negligence, usually by way of witness statements and expert evidence, and there is a complex and potentially exhausting process that must be followed.
Anyone who has ever applied for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) will know how slow the process can be. Whilst some of the time taken to register a LPA is due to statutory waiting periods, in the current digital world and the speed with which some transactions proceed at, the LPA registration period can be frustrating, particularly if it is likely that there is an impending need for Attorneys to be able to use the LPA.
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?
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?
The Law Society and the Ministry of Justice have been examining the difficulties faced by members of the public regarding the making of Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney during the coronavirus epidemic.
Not a pleasant topic to discuss but the reality is that the self-isolation rules set out by the Government, to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak, will likely increase the amount of domestic violence cases in the UK.