Girl born with disabilities due to birth injuries awarded £3.5m compensation

A girl who was born to face a lifetime of severe disability at a Sheffield hospital will receive £3.5m in compensation from the NHS. Born about eight weeks prematurely, she suffered a brain haemorrhage. Now 10 years old, she has hydrocephalus, developmental delays and partial left-sided paralysis due to the birth injury.

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Lasting Power of Attorney and the COVID-19 Vaccine

The Government has this week released guidance regarding people who lack mental capacity and how consent is given for them to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The new guidance impacts those who need support when making decisions for themselves and for those who have decision making authority for a person who lacks capacity to consent, through a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or deputyship order.

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What happens when someone dies and you owe them money? – Ask an Expert

It’s common for people to accept loans from family members or friends. This can be to help pay for mortgage deposits, home repairs, to cover business investments or help pay for large purchases, to name a few.

As the loans are handled ‘informally’, they tend to lack any clarity of what will happen if the lender passes away. This, we know from experience, can lead to problems.

Our Wills, Trusts & Probate department often receive enquiries regarding repayment of ‘informal loans’ between family and friends, and what happens after the lender passes away.

The common questions are:

Do debts have to be repaid to the lender if they pass away?

If money is borrowed from a family and they pass away, do I have to pay this back?

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4th of January – National Divorce Day

The Christmas holidays can create pressure within relationships; with many choosing to stay together until the end of the family season, however, early January is when many couples reach the end of their tether. The first Monday of January – which will be the 4th in 2021 – has been dubbed ‘Divorce Day’ by family law solicitors who notice the significant spike in separation enquiries at this time.

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