GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Do I need an LPA as well as the EPA I set up previously?

Q:    I set up an Enduring Power of Attorney several years ago in which I appointed my children as my Attorneys. However, a friend has just told me that she recently prepared a Lasting Power of Attorney. Do I now need to do an LPA as well, or is my EPA sufficient?

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Oswestry solicitor retires after notable career spanning almost fifty years

An Oswestry solicitor who, in the 1990’s, acted for the inhabitants of the South Atlantic island of St Helena and its subsidiary territory islands of Tristan da Cunha and Ascension Island in helping them to recover their full British Citizenship, has announced his retirement from the legal profession.

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Q&A - Can we sue local planning department for eyesore that has devalued our homes?

Q:    I live in one of eight houses that have faced open ground since their construction in the 1980s. Beyond the open ground is protected woodland sloping to a disused railway track walk. In 2013 planning permission was granted for a 2-storey house that still afforded us the woodland views. However, the owner added another storey without permission. He also erected 3m high wire fencing that encroached onto the road. We contacted the council several times, informing them what was going on and how the site was an eyesore.

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Q&A - Why is a Grant of Probate required if everything is left to a spouse?

Q:    When my father passed away, he left everything to my mother in his Will and appointed her as his sole Executor. Now the bank has told my mother that they require a Grant of Probate in order to deal with his accounts. Why does she need to get a Grant of Probate if everything has been left to her?

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Q&A - How can my Will be witnessed if I am shielding due to COVID-19 restrictions?

Q:     I would like to draft a Will, but I live alone and am shielding at home due to the Covid-19 restrictions. I know I have to sign my Will in front of witnesses for it to be valid, but as I am not in a position to attend an office or meet with friends or neighbours to assist, is there any other way of doing it?

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Q&A - Can I claim for delayed whiplash if insurers have already settled vehicle damage?

Q:    In May, another car hit mine when I was travelling around a roundabout. The damage to my vehicle was considerable but the other driver admitted liability. My insurers could not send out an assessor because of COVID and asked me to email photographs of the damage. They got my car repaired four weeks later and recovered the cost of the repairs from the other driver’s insurers.

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Q&A - How does an Attorney take over someone's affairs if they have an EPA?

Q:    My husband has been diagnosed with dementia and can no longer manage his finances. We both prepared Enduring Powers of Attorney ten years ago, appointing each other as our sole Attorneys. What do I need to do now?

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Q&A - What is a Grant of Probate and how do I obtain one?

Q:    I am appointed as Executor for my late Uncle who recently passed away. I have been told that before I can distribute anything bequeathed in his Will, I will need to obtain a Grant of Probate. What is this and how do I obtain it?

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Q&A - Venue cancelled our wedding twice due to COVID restrictions but will not refund us!

Q:    Due to further COVID19 restrictions we have just been forced to cancel our wedding for a second time. When the venue cancelled previously we agreed to postpone and rearrange when lockdown eased. We had just rearranged, albeit with reduced guest numbers, when we were hit by this latest wave of restrictions. This time we decided to cancel indefinitely, as our close family are overseas and cannot keep booking and cancelling travel arrangements.

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Q&A - Is housing association responsible for tree in garden owned by them?

Q:    My rear garden backs onto a house owned by a housing association. The housing association has changed hands several times since the current tenant moved in. Just after she moved there, she planted a young sycamore tree close to my fence. The tree trunk is now almost 2ft in girth and is causing my fence to cave in. Also, there are large branches overhanging my garage.

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