What happens if you lose Mental Capacity?

Horrifying thought, however none of us can know what will happen to us one day. We may not be in a sane or appropriate state to make important, and potentially life changing, decisions.

Mental capacity means the ability to make or communicate specific decisions at the time they need to be made. To have mental capacity you must understand the decision you need to make, why you need to make it, and the likely outcome of your decision.

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Why don’t you have a Will? Do you know what happens if you don’t have one?

For many of us, death, or the prospect of death is something they would rather not think about. We know from discussing with our clients that some people are not very comfortable around death – whether it’s thinking about your own or preparing for a loved one’s. For these reasons we put off making a Will.

However, someone will be left with the stress of sorting out your estate and will need to take care of your property and affairs, therefore making a Will should be viewed as a positive.
If you don’t have a Will, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes.

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Howells win discrimination case against racial harassment during training session

A distressed client was referred to Howells Solicitors, through Civil Legal Advice, due to a claim of a breach of employment law. The client was seeking support due to racial discrimination she had been subjected too at the hands of Welsh housing association Pobl Group Ltd.

Theresa Georges attended an equality and diversity training session along with her colleagues at the instruction of her employers. There she was subjected to inappropriate behaviour at the hands of both the trainer and colleagues, which left Theresa feeling offended and victimised.

The trainer of the session wrote racist words on a flipchart and encouraged the team of 16 employees to shout out derogatory words that came to mind.

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Howells contributes to protecting new mothers returning to work

Howells are proud that senior employment law solicitor, Tom Bernard, has recently contributed to the Employment Lawyers Associations (ELA) response to the governments consultation regarding redundancy protection for new mothers returning from maternity leave.

Currently, female employees are given enhanced protection during a redundancy situation that occurs while they are either pregnant or on maternity leave. Once they have returned to work however their protection ends and can be at risk of unfair treatment.

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Government demands employees have the right to understand their pay

You may never have given much thought to your payslip, but you would be surprised what they should contain and when it should be provided.

Employers are already legally obliged to provide payslips to employees, on or before their pay date, on paper, or an easily accessible electronic format that can be printed.  Employees should not have to ask for them.
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