We would like to keep you up to date with recent changes we are making in light of the current guidance from the Government due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Client safety is our number one priority and, following Government guidance, we want to assure you that Howells Solicitors will remain functional, but we have closed our offices to clients and visitors.
We are operating a robust remote working system and all appointments can be delivered via the telephone.
Clients will still be able to contact their Solicitor or case worker via email which they have provided.
Please note that you can make a payment on our website, quoting your reference number, here.
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 at 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.
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:
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.
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.
The Employment department have been receiving enquiries regarding the Coronavirus and Employment Law entitlements, and one area which has been frequently asked is on maternity pay and sick pay. Below is an example of a question frequently asked.
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?
It can be daunting contacting a law firm and discussing our private, and sometimes embarrassing, matters with a stranger and it may seem easier and straightforward to deal with a legal matter ourselves. However, this is not the case.
When someone is injured in 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.
Frequently when clients start to think about making a Will, the most pressing thing on their minds is about who they would like to leave their assets to and who they would like to administer their estate.
Less pressing is their funeral arrangements, and yet many people have very strong and specific wishes as to the nature and conduct of their funeral.
Under the present law, the executors appointed under the Will have ownership of the body and are, technically, the decision makers for funeral arrangements.
You may find yourself in the situation where your marriage will breakdown and both parties agree to Divorce. You may both be at fault, or just one of you, but either of you can start the Divorce process.
Whilst you don’t have to instruct a specialist to handle the Divorce, it will make sure the process is completed correctly, more efficiently and it will be less stressful for you. A good solicitor will make the process easier rather than any more difficult.
Never underestimate the stress, anxiety and pain that can arise during the Divorce process. Amicable solutions you may have made with your ex-partner may change as the process goes on.