GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Does a stepfather have any legal financial responsibility for his stepchildren?

Q:  I love my girlfriend a lot but she has two children by someone who has long since disappeared off the scene and doesn’t have any contact with them or pay any maintenance for them. I am worried that if I marry her and things don’t work out I might have to pay maintenance for her children, yet their father could come back at any time and decide he wants to renew contact. Can you confirm the situation please?

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Property Department Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join us here at GHP Legal – a Legal 500 practice.  A vacancy has occurred in our Oswestry branch for a property solicitor, legal executive or licensed conveyancer to join our property team.

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Q&A - We are foreign nationals who married in Poland. Can we divorce in England?

Q:  My wife and I are both Polish. We married in Poland but have lived and worked in England since 2006. Unfortunately our marriage has now broken down and we have lived separate lives for two years but I would now like to divorce. As foreign nationals, do we get divorced in England or Poland?

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Q&A - Do we have a legal right to see our grandchildren?

Q: My husband and I had a very close relationship with our three grandchildren until two years ago when our son’s ex-wife remarried. Since then she has refused to let us see them. Do we have any legal rights to see them and, if so, how do we go about enforcing our rights?

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Q&A - Must I get Mum declared unfit before I use Power of Attorney to sell her home?

Q:  My mother has Alzheimer’s. Just after my father died she agreed to my sister and I getting Power of Attorney so that we could take care of her affairs. We have both kinds, for money and for health and welfare, and were appointed jointly and severally. Earlier this year, Mum admitted to being frightened of living alone in her own home and of her own volition she went into a care home. She wouldn’t however hear of her house being sold in case she didn’t like the care home. She has started talking about wanting to go home recently but she could not safely take care of herself now.

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Q&A - Should I set up a different type of contract for overseas customers?

Q: I own a company that has been trading in this region for many years. Until now we have only traded in the UK but last year we decided to try and widen our horizons as we have been struggling due to the recession. Following a fierce marketing campaign and with the help of some good business connections we are currently tendering for an overseas contract. As this will be our first venture into export marketing I am wondering whether we can use the same contract that we use for our UK clients, or do we need to set up a new agreement?

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Q&A - How can we help daughter with house deposit but stop boyfriend walking off with half of it?

Q:  My husband and I would very much like to help our daughter with a house deposit so that she and her boyfriend can get on the housing ladder. What concerns us, though, is that if they split up and the house is in joint names her boyfriend could walk off with half the deposit gifted to our daughter. Is there any way that we can prevent this happening?

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Wrexham Grandparents’ Rights expert backs charity campaign

A Wrexham lawyer who is an authority on grandparents’ rights has added his support to a group currently campaigning for policymakers to recognise the contribution made by grandparents in the upbringing of their grandchildren.

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Oswestry Grandparents’ Rights expert backs charity campaign

An Oswestry based lawyer who is an authority on children and grandparents’ rights has added her support to a group currently campaigning for policymakers to recognise the contribution made by grandparents in the upbringing of their grandchildren.

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Q&A - How can I find out what my service charges are being used for?

Q:  I lease a house on a gated development where I pay a monthly service charge in addition to ground rent. The service charge, used to pay for street lighting, upkeep of communal gardens etc, has just been doubled despite there being no tangible increase in the services provided. How can I find out exactly what my service charge is being used for?

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