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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - How do I get a Visiting Order to see my son in prison?

Q:  My son is in prison. I haven’t spoken to him since he was arrested two years ago because I was so angry with him. However, I am not in good health and I think I should try and make the peace with him while I still can. I have decided therefore that I would like to go and see him. I believe I have to get a Visiting Order to do that. Please can you tell me the procedure for getting one?

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Q&A - How can I get ex-husband's name removed from mortgage and deeds?

Q: My ex-husband left me for someone else seven years ago. We had only been married for six months and we bought the house I still live in when we got married. I have paid the mortgage ever since and I also paid the deposit on the house with the proceeds of a property I owned previously. We finally divorced in 2016 on the grounds of five years living apart. We went to Mediation to sort out the finances but it was never resolved as he wanted me to pay him £20,000 to sign the house over to me, which was hardly fair as he had contributed almost nothing to it. I haven’t heard from him since and don’t know where he is. Can I apply to the court to get his name removed from the deeds?

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Q&A - How can I be sure my insurers will get me fair compensation for crash injuries?

Q: I was driving my 3-year old son home from nursery when a bus ran into the back of my car. My son and I both suffered whiplash and several weeks on I am still in pain and my son is terrified of getting into the car and screams hysterically every time I try to get him into his car seat. My life is a nightmare. My insurance company says they will claim compensation for our injuries as well as the damage to my car, but how will I know if they will get me a fair sum or whether they will just advise me to accept the first offer to close the case?

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Q&A - Court of Protection has invited me to act as litigation friend, but I don’t agree with what my mother wants.

Q:  My mother is in a Care Home as she has dementia. However, she has instructed solicitors to try and get her out to live in her own home. I have now received an Order from the Court of Protection inviting me to act as Litigation Friend because my mother lacks capacity to make decisions herself. She is under “DOLS” and is not allowed leave the care home for her own safety. I agree with this and don’t think she should be allowed to return home. What is a Litigation Friend and can I still act as Litigation Friend if I don’t agree with what she’s asking for?

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Q&A - Can I charge my wife’s new partner rent if he moves into our family home with her?

Q:  I am married with a 12-year old daughter but my wife and I separated six months ago. Since the separation my wife has lived with our son in the property we bought in joint names and I still pay the mortgage as she is not working. Now she has met someone else and he wants to move in with her. I am not happy about this as I am struggling financially to get a home of my own together. Could I charge my wife’s new partner rent as I own half the house and pay the mortgage?

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Q&A - Tenants have not paid rent for two months. Should I issue a Section 21 Notice?

Q: I took in new tenants at a house I own in May. They signed a 12-month fixed term tenancy agreement and all was well for two months. Then in July and August they failed to pay the rent until reminded. However, since then no rent has been paid and they don’t answer calls. Should I serve a Section 21 notice for possession?

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Q&A - House vendor discriminated against me due to my Tourette syndrome. Can I sue?

Q: I made an offer on a house being sold through an estate agent. The agent showed us round whilst the owners were on holiday. My offer was accepted and I found a buyer for my own house. Everything was moving along nicely and a few weeks before completion was due I made arrangements directly with the vendors to visit and measure up for window blinds.

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Q&A - Boss is trying to wriggle out of giving me sick pay. What should I do?

Q: I have worked where I am now for eight years. When the old boss retired his sons took over running the business and it’s all about every penny going in their pockets. They don’t care about us workers. I broke my collarbone playing football in September and I’ve been off work ever since because my job is manual and I can’t do it. I thought I’d get sick pay but the boss says I’m not entitled because I’m no longer on the rota and I only have a casual contract that doesn’t state enough hours. Yet I’ve always worked more hours than it says in my contract. What can I do?

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Q&A - How do I challenge Dr’s decision to detain me under the Mental Health Act?

Q:  I have recently been detained in hospital under section 3 of the Mental Health Act but I do not agree with my detention and I want to challenge the Doctor’s decision to detain me. What are my options?

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Q&A - Can ex-wife make our kids take her new name without my consent?

Q: My two children live with my ex-wife. I work and live over two hundred miles away but am constantly in touch with the children via social media and telephone and I pay regular maintenance for them. In the school holidays I take time off and they come and stay with me.

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