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Wrexham lawyer warns authorities to follow Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards rules or face hefty compensation pay-outs.

A Wrexham mental health lawyer has warned that local authorities must adhere fully to the rules if they decide to remove dementia sufferers and other mentally incapacitated people from their homes to place them in care, or else be prepared to pay hefty compensation bills.

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Wrexham law firm awarded Legal Aid contract for Family Mediation services

One of the region’s largest and longest standing law firms has won a tender to provide Legal Aid Family Mediation Services from February 2015.

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Q&A - Why go to the expense of entering a Clean Break Order if our divorce is amicable?

Q: My husband and I are getting divorced.  The split is perfectly amicable and we have not needed to get solicitors involved. We are now ready to sort out the finances and a friend has advised us to enter into a Clean Break Order so that we will both be protected from any future claims. Can you explain what this means and if we really need to do it?

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Free training event will explain Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legislation

A Wrexham mental health lawyer who specialises in the complexities of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has organised a free training event in Wrexham next month for professionals who are involved with the care of mentally incapacitated people.

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Q&A - When should I start personal injury claim for my 4 year-old?

Q: I was driving my 4 year old son, James, to school when another car ran into the back of me. As James was screaming with pain I took him straight to the hospital after exchanging details with the other driver and they did X-rays which showed that James’s leg was fractured. I have reported it to my insurance company but they frankly haven’t been very forthcoming with advice about the best way of making a claim for his injury. Can you tell me, should I start a claim for him or should I wait for him to reach 18?

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Q&A - Does sister have a legal right to stay in house I owned with our mother?

Q: I am the owner of a property I held jointly with my widowed mother until sadly she died in hospital last year. Although I did not live permanently at the property I now need to move back as my circumstances have changed. The problem, however, is that when my mother was alive she allowed my sister to stay in the property temporarily following her splitting up from her partner and she is still there. I have asked her to leave so that I can occupy the property as my principal residence but she now refuses to move out. She says she has a “legal right of occupation”. What can I do?

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Q&A - I am financially reliant on my abusive partner, how can I get away from him?

Q: My partner and I have been together six years and own our house jointly.  Our relationship has always been difficult but since our son was born a year ago he has become verbally and physically abusive towards me and I am terrified of doing anything to set him off. As I am still on maternity leave and not earning I cannot move out. What can I do?

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Q&A - Can I get compensation for injuries sustained in hit and run attack?

Q. Last year I was attacked when I was in Liverpool. A man grabbed my handbag, punched me and threw me to the ground. I suffered a dislocated jaw and lost 2 teeth in the attack. The man ran off and although I reported it to the police they could not trace him. Is there anything I can do?

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Q&A - Will my injury compensation be paid to DWP if I receive ESA benefit?

Q.  I was involved in a road traffic accident and put in a compensation claim for the injuries I sustained. I already receive Employment and Support Allowance benefit but it’s for a long term condition that is nothing to do with the accident injuries. I have been offered £4,000 compensation for the accident injuries but I am concerned that if I accept it the money will be sent straight to the Department for Work and Pensions and I will receive nothing. Will this be the case?

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Wrexham lawyer slams Welsh government for letting down domestic abuse victims

A Wrexham family lawyer has slammed the Welsh government for back-tracking on its earlier promises to clamp down on domestic abuse through education in schools.

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