GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Will my home have to be sold to pay the fees if I have to go into a care home?

Q.  I am concerned that if I have to go into a care home, I might have to sell my home to pay for my care and my son and granddaughters wouldn’t get anything at all? Is this correct?

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Q&A - Do I need a legal document for someone else to deal with my affairs?

Q.  Because of the pandemic I have been very worried that if I become ill, I wouldn’t be able to deal with everything that I normally have to deal with. If this happens would my brother be able to deal with everything, or do I need to make a power of attorney?

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Q&A - Should I update my Will even if my circumstances have not changed?

Q.  I made my Will years ago when I divorced.  Whilst my circumstances have not really changed and I have not remarried, I am concerned that as it was drawn up quickly it does not really reflect what I want to happen when I die. I am happy for my son to receive my house but, if he sells it, I would like him to ensure some of the money goes to his 3 daughters, my granddaughters.  I might also want to leave some money to other relatives.

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Q&A - My ex claims he cannot return our daughter due to COVID-19 contact. What can I do?

Q:    My daughter usually lives with me and stays with her father every other weekend. That is what the court ordered. But when the COVID lockdown began and she couldn’t go to school, I agreed she could stay with him as he was furloughed and I had to carry on working. Now I have been made redundant and my ex is refusing to return her to me as he says his brother tested positive for coronavirus and they were with him, so they have got to self-isolate. I don’t believe him, and I think he has lied to my daughter about it too. What can I do?

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As COVID-19 lockdown restrictions ease solicitor warns of potential road accidents

After reporting a significant fall in the number of injury claims arising from road traffic accidents following the COVID-19 lockdown, a solicitor with one of the region’s largest independent law firms warns that road users should take extra caution and drive safely as lockdown restrictions ease.

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Q&A - Our home is in my husband’s name only, will it have to be sold to pay for his care?

Q:  My husband and I married over 60 years ago but the house we have lived in all our married lives is in my husband’s name only. He has now been diagnosed with dementia and I’m worried what will happen if he has to go into care. Will the house have to be sold to pay for it? He has always handled our affairs and I don’t know what to do. We made Wills years ago leaving everything to each other, and I suppose after that the children get everything.

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Property lawyer working both sides of the border calls for equality of COVID-19 property tax cuts in England and Wales

The Head of Property at one of the region’s leading law firms has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of a temporary COVID-19 suspension of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on all residential property purchases up to £500,000 in England, but warns that the Welsh government needs to follow suit.

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Q&A - Single mum of two died without leaving a Will. How do we sort out her estate?

Q: My step-daughter was a single mother of two children whose father is violent and untrustworthy. She recently died unexpectedly and we have been unable to find a Will. Her two children currently live with us as they are only young. My husband (her father) has started dealing with her estate since she named him as her next of kin, but we need some guidance as to what we need to do to sort out her estate.
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Q&A - I am due to return to work following COVID-19 furlough can I refuse if I feel unsafe?

Q: I am due to go back to work at the end of July. However, so far, I have received no information from my employer to suggest the working arrangements will change from how it was before the coronavirus lockdown. If this is the case, then I will not feel safe as the shared office space puts us too close together for comfort. Can I refuse to go back and ask to carry on working from home if nothing changes?

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Q&A - COVID-19 has made me think about Powers of Attorney

Q:  My seventy-year old mum is fit and healthy, but a friend of hers got COVID-19 and has been in a coma in hospital for seven weeks. The lady’s daughter did not have Power of Attorney over her mother’s affairs, which has caused huge problems. Consequently, I have been trying to persuade mum to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney, but I think she sees it as giving away her independence. Is there a way of setting up a temporary Power of Attorney that could run just until the coronavirus pandemic eases?

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