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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Coronavirus Act 2020 and tenancies lawyer reassures struggling self employed tenants the law is on your side!

Lawyers at one of the region’s top law firms say they have been astounded to receive calls from self-employed people who are being threatened with eviction for non-payment of rent they simply cannot find whilst awaiting the promised end of May government aid.

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Leading local injury lawyer warns COVID cash-strapped claimants should not settle without medical assessments

A personal injury lawyer at one of the region’s top law firms has voiced concern that cancelled medical assessments due to the COVID-19 shutdown could cause cash-strapped claimants to settle prematurely.

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Q&A - How can I get my vulnerable son home to live with me during the COVID crisis?

Q.  My 30-year old son has a severe learning disability and is currently living in a specialist Care Home. I think he is under something called a DOLS which I’ve been told means he is deprived of his liberty and has to stay in the Care Home because he can’t make his own decisions. However, the current COVID19 crisis has meant that I am unable to visit him and can only communicate via skype.

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Families urged to seek legal advice and challenge local authorities if they think loved ones in care need a different environment during the pandemic

A leading Court of Protection lawyer with one of the region’s largest mental health teams has expressed ‘huge concern’ for the mental wellbeing of vulnerable patients, and their families, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Invalid wills are resulting in more cases of intestacy warns top law firm

A regional law firm that ranks among the top 500 law firms in England and Wales has warned that the current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an increase in the number of invalid Wills being made.

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Q&A - We thought Powers of Attorney were for the elderly now with COVID we are not so sure!?

Q: We are in our thirties. We downloaded forms off the internet and wrote Wills when we bought our house together, but never considered setting up Powers of Attorney as we thought such things were for the old, sick and vulnerable. Now COVID has made us all vulnerable and we are wondering whether we should each set one up?

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Q&A - Can anything be done about my abusive partner during COVID lockdown?

Q: Since the lockdown began my partner has been going out every day to the supermarket and bringing back booze which he sits and drinks. Then he gets nasty with me. He has always been verbally abusive towards me, but this is the worst ever and now he is hitting me too because he knows he can get away with it as I am stuck in the house and no-one sees me. I have thought about calling the police when he is at the supermarket, but even if they come what can happen while we are in lockdown? I am terrified I would just make things worse for myself. What can I do?

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Q&A - Does a Will become invalid if a beneficiary also acts as a witness?

Q: Recently my father died and my stepmother, whom I got on well with, died a month later. I had helped them write a Will after they married six years ago, using an online guide we found, so I know they both left their estates to one another and then to me. However, having searched the house I cannot find it. Now my stepmother’s sisters are claiming the Will would have been invalid anyway, as I was the only witness to it as well as being a beneficiary. They claim that the entire estate is therefore theirs. Is this correct?

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