GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Do I have the same entitlement to step-father’s estate as my half-siblings?

Q: My mum and step-dad married when I was two. Although he didn’t adopt me he’s the only dad I’ve ever known and he’s treated me exactly like my half siblings born to him and mum.

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Q&A - Son says father mistreats him when he has access. Can I refuse contact?

Q.  I separated from my husband last year and he has got a court order to see our son every week. My son has recently told me that his father is very often mean to him and if he does not do as he is told his father smacks him and locks him in his room. Can I stop the contact or will I be punished for breaching the Order?

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Q&A - Is it too late to make a claim on ex-husband's pension?

Q:  My ex-husband and I divorced amicably over ten years ago after twenty eight years of marriage. Our children had grown up and neither of us has ever remarried. When we divorced my husband said he would see me alright out of his pension if I was on my own when we got old, but there was no formal arrangement.

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Q&A - What rights does the Nearest Relative of a mental health detainee have?

Q: My son has been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act. I have been informed that I am his ‘Nearest Relative’. I disagree with his detention but don’t know if I have any rights to do anything about it. What do you advise?

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Q&A - Can I stop my cheating husband from losing his assets if I make him wait for a divorce?

Q: My husband has left me for another woman. I am so hurt and angry that I intend to make him wait the mandatory five years without consent to get a divorce. However, a friend has suggested that I may be doing myself a disservice as during those five years he could dispose of his assets and I would miss out in the financial settlement.

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Q&A - If I’m ever in a permanent vegetative state I want to be left to die. How can I make this known?

Q: When the new ruling came in last month about relatives being able to decide whether food and drink should be withdrawn to allow someone in a permanent vegetative state to just die, it got me worried. Would I be brave enough to make such a decision on my parents’ behalf without always wondering whether it was what they would have wanted? Clearly it isn’t something they could put in their Will because their wishes wouldn’t be known until after they’d died. So how could make their wishes clear whilst they are fit and healthy?

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Legal 500 firm appoints new Solicitor to Wrexham commercial and civil team

Wrexham based law firm GHP Legal has appointed a new solicitor to its head office commercial and civil litigation team.

GHP Legal, which ranks in The Legal 500 list of top UK law firms and, with around 100 employees, is one of the largest independent law firms in the region, appointed Rachel Lillie at the end of July 2018.

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Oswestry Show 2018 Competition Answers

How did you do? Oswestry Show 2018 Competition Answers.

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Q&A - Can the doctors section me if I am a voluntary mental health patient?

Q:   My GP admitted me to hospital following depression after my son’s birth. I am receiving treatment but the doctors aren’t sure what my diagnosis is. I am currently an informal patient on the ward. I believe I am a lot better now but the doctors say they might section me because they’re worried about my health and safety. They think I am going to hurt myself. Can they section me?

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Archaic divorce laws cause conflict between amicably separating couples says local lawyer

A partner with one of the region’s largest family law teams has joined the rapidly growing band of lawyers calling for the government to introduce no-fault divorce.

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