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.
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.
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.
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?