Q: My brother collapsed and died in a supermarket after calling in on his way home from hospital for milk. He had been sent to the hospital earlier that day after attending his local surgery with chest pains, but the hospital sent him home without any tests, saying it was probably indigestion. A post mortem showed he had a blocked artery.Read more
Q: I made a verbal agreement with my granddaughter that she could move into my property, which is located in North Wales, as long as she made a payment in respect of rent each month. However, over the past 18 months she has made only 3 payments for rent and despite me asking her to move out of the property she is refusing to do so.Read more
Leading multi-discipline law firm, GHP Legal, has strengthened its team with a series of key promotions. The Wrexham promotions are part of the firm’s continuing growth strategy that commenced with a merger with Oswestry law firm, Milton, Francis & Hughes, closely followed by the opening of prestigious new commercial offices in Oswestry alongside the firm’s existing Willow Street offices in the town.Read more
The busy Prison Law and Mental Health teams at leading law firm, GHP Legal, has strengthened its expertise with the appointment of a paralegal advocate with a long time interest in human rights.Read more
Q: I got married in August this year but we delayed our honeymoon as we wanted to visit my wife’s family in Australia and the wedding cost so much that we needed to a chance to save again. We looked at going for Christmas but it was too expensive, so instead we decided to go out for our first anniversary. The problem is my employer is refusing to let me have four consecutive weeks off work. Is there anything I can do?Read more
Q: A friend is rewriting her Will and has asked if I will be an Executor with her brother, who frankly is unreliable and can be awkward. I am concerned as I have heard an executor can be liable for paying Inheritance Tax if there are problems sorting out the Will that cause a delay with getting Probate.Read more
Q: I am considering becoming a sleeping partner in a small building firm owned by a relative who is looking to expand and needs financial input. The proposal on the table is that I would become a non-executive director.
Due to the very nature of the construction industry and the fact that health and safety is not an area with which I am particularly familiar, one of my concerns is whether as a director I could be held personally liable if there was an accident causing injury or death to a site worker. Could I be prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act 2007?Read more
Q: My eight year old tripped at school a year ago and fell. Despite complaining of severe arm pain the teacher said he was just making a fuss, sent him to the quiet room and left him. No-one attempted to contact me. When I collected him at home time I immediately saw something was wrong and took him to A&E. It transpired he had a tricky double fracture of the elbow. Since then he has been difficult about going to school and is still suffering pain. Some days I have had to take time off work because of it and lose pay. I am so angry with the school. Can I make a claim for injury compensation against the school on his behalf?Read more
Relatives of mental health detainees urged to help them exercise their right to vote in the UK General Election
A lawyer with one of the region’s largest metal health teams is urging relatives and friends of patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 to make them aware of their right to vote in the upcoming General Election and help them cast their vote if they are not permitted to leave hospital to attend a polling station.Read more
Q&A - Can I vote in the upcoming UK General Election if I’m being detained under the Mental Health Act?
Q. I am 55 and for the past two years I have been detained in a local hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act 1983, due to suffering from chronic depression. I want to vote in the upcoming General Election but I am not sure whether I will be entitled to because of my circumstances. Even if I am entitled to vote I don’t know how I would be able to do so as I'm not permitted to leave hospital to attend the Polling Station. I have always taken an active interest in our country’s domestic affairs so this is really upsetting me. As a detained inpatient is there anything I can do?Read more