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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

New solicitor appointed to act for Chirk and Llangollen residents

One of the area’s leading law firms has appointed a new solicitor to advise private clients in the Chirk and Llangollen area.

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Q&A - How can I get my ex to reduce house price to encourage a sale?

Q: My ex-partner and I split up more than a year ago after living together for six years. It was all very amicable and I agreed to move out and let her stay in the house we jointly own, until it was sold. The house went on the market straight away and I went into rented accommodation.

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Q&A - Undetected delivery complications caused my son’s brain damage. Can I claim compensation for him?

Q:  Nearly 3 years ago I was expecting my first child. I went into labour nearly 2 months early and during labour my umbilical cord became wrapped around my baby's neck. This was not picked up quickly enough and the doctor took 30 minutes to unwrap the cord in delivery. As a result of the lack of oxygen my son suffered permanent brain damage and he has now been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. However, because he is so young the doctors are not able to tell me how his disability will affect him in the long term. I have been advised that the brain damage could mean he may be autistic too. I am concerned that he will probably need specialist care and support throughout his life. Can I make any claim for my son?

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Q&A - What are the new Inheritance Tax changes and when will they take place?

Q:  I have heard that the rates of inheritance tax are going to change in the near future and when it happens I will be able to leave up to £1 million to my family tax free. Is this true and if so when is it going to happen?

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Q&A - If I sell land that is later developed, can I claw back for the increased value?

Q: I am selling a piece of land which has the potential to be developed. Is there any way I can keep a share of that increased value if valuable planning permission is granted in the future?

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Q&A - Can we buy shares in the family holiday home to release cash for our parents?

Q: My grandparents bought a holiday cottage on the coast, where as children we spent every summer. When my grandmother died last year my parents inherited the property, but due to inheritance tax they say they need to sell it. We would very much like the cottage to stay in the family and wonder if there is any way my brother and I could buy part of it to release cash for my parents so that they don’t need to sell?

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Q&A - Can boss get rid of me with just 2 months’ notice following maternity leave?

Q: Two months ago I went back to work after having a baby. My boss was always aware that my mother would be looking after the baby and I would be going back to work full time at the end of my maternity leave because I need the money as we are saving up to buy our own house.

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Q&A - My husband is abusive but I have no job and nowhere to go. What can I do?

Q. I admit my husband has a very stressful job but lately he has been shouting at me and the children more and more, to the point where I am becoming a nervous wreck and the children are frightened when he is around. I really want to leave him to protect the children from his abusive behaviour, but I do not work and I have nowhere to go. What can I do?

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Q&A - How will the new rates of stamp duty land tax impact if I buy a second home?

Q: I am thinking about buying a second home for £200,000. Initially it would be a holiday home but in the long term I may decide to rent it out. Can you please explain the changes being made to stamp duty land tax and how those changes will affect me, especially if I decide to rent out the property?

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Q&A - Can I protect my inheritance from my fiancé when we are married?

Q:  My fiancé comes from a much less privileged background than me. My mother doesn’t like him and thinks he only asked me to marry him so that he can get a share of my inheritance when she dies. Now she wants me to persuade my fiancé to sign a pre-nup relinquishing all rights to any money I inherit. I must admit my mother’s nagging has made me think about the wisdom of protecting myself financially, but I didn’t think pre-nups were legally enforceable in this country. Can you confirm?

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