GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Can power of attorney be gained after someone has lost mental capacity?

Q: The person I’m caring for has lost their mental capacity, but there is no lasting power of attorney in place. Can I get power of attorney after they have lost their mental capacity?

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Q&A - Can I get help with the cost of visiting a prisoner?

My partner has been moved to a lower security prison which is good news for him but not so great for me because it is nearly 200 miles away. Is there any way I can get help with travelling costs?

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Q&A - What should I look out for before signing a commercial lease?

Q: I have a very small business which has now outgrown my front room.  I have been considering leasing a unit on a new industrial development around the corner. Is there anything that I need to be aware of before signing?

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Q&A - My ex won’t return children after weekend away. What can I do?

Q: My former partner and father of my children took our children away for the weekend and is now refusing to return them to my care. He is a really good dad and they love spending time with him but the children have always lived with me and I don’t know what to do.

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Q&A - Can we get out of a Timeshare contract if we change our minds after signing?

Q: My partner and I have booked our summer holiday to southern Spain where we have been before. On our arrival we are always encouraged to attend the first night ‘Welcome Meeting’ which then finishes with a sales pitch for ‘Timeshares’ and ‘Holiday Clubs’. We have never taken up this offer but would like to know our rights should we enter into an agreement and then change our minds?

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Q&A - Should I claim off sender or delivery firm for goods damaged in transit?

Q: I recently purchased an item over the phone during an auction. I had previously viewed the item at the auction house and it was in near perfect condition. I paid an additional amount for the auction house to arrange delivery of the item to my home address but when it arrived I found both the packaging and the item inside were damaged, which suggests it was damaged in transit. All I have been offered is a refund of the delivery fee. What are my rights with regard to obtaining a refund?

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Q&A - How can ex-wife claim part of my lottery win if we have a Decree Absolute?

Q. I’ve just won the lottery! Not enough to buy an island I’m afraid but certainly enough for me to live comfortably for the next few years. However, as soon as the news broke I had a message from my ex-wife saying that she thinks she is entitled to a share of my winnings. We got divorced last year and we have a Decree Absolute, but she says that because we didn’t finalise the financial proceedings and get a “Clean Break Order” we are still financially tied….is this true?

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Q&A - Selling a tenanted property - how does it affect the landlord and tenant

Q: I am a landlord looking to sell my property.  Currently there is a tenant in the property on an assured shorthold tenancy who is worried about having a new landlord and what this will mean for her.  How will this affect my sale of the property and does the tenant have any rights?

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Q&A - Neighbour’s trees are blocking light to my garden. What can I do?

Q: My neighbours have allowed several trees to grow to such a height in their garden that I am worried a strong wind may blow them over and damage my property. I have tried to discuss the problem with my neighbours but they have refused to reduce the height of the trees. What can I do to resolve the issue? 

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Q&A - Can I get wedding venue or cheating ex-fiancée to repay my deposit?

My fiancée and I booked a wedding venue after getting engaged, but then I found out he was having an affair with my brother and I called the wedding off. The venue is now refusing to return the large deposit I paid and my fiancée is refusing to give me with his half of the cost of the cancelled hire. Firstly, how can the venue charge me for the cancellation and secondly why hasn’t my ex-fiancée suffered any loss given that it is his fault the wedding has been called off?

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