Q: I have been in partnership with a couple of friends for the past four years but we have now got to the point in the business where we are thinking that perhaps we should operate as a limited company. Certainly from everything I have read it would appear to be preferable from a financial point of view, since we are doing well and the future looks bright for us. What are the main things we need to consider?Read more
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
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
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
Q: My business is supplying giant umbrellas to the leisure industry. I have been approached by a Turkish manufacturer looking for a UK outlet. I visited his factory and was impressed. If I enter into a business relationship with him it could make my business more cost-effective and offer growth opportunities. He wants to operate on a shipment by shipment contract basis. Would this be the best way to go?Read more
Q&A - I was sexually abused by my stepfather in the 70s. Can I claim compensation for my mental scars through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority?
Q: I am in my early forties now but when I was a child I was sexually abused by my stepfather. Back then I didn’t tell anyone, not even my mother, because he said if I did he’d leave my mother and I would be taken and put in care. When I got older I was too ashamed to tell anyone, but the memories ate away at me and finally this year, after my stepfather died, I sought help.Read more