GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - If I appoint two attorneys on an LPA will they both have to sign everything?

Q: I am thinking of setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney and would like to appoint my two children as my Attorneys. As one of them travels a lot with his job I wonder if they would have to make decisions and sign paperwork jointly or whether one of them could act on behalf of the other?

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Q&A - Environment Agency is prosecuting for innocent contamination offence. Do we need a solicitor?

Q: My brother, who is a farmer, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown because the Environment Agency is bringing a prosecution against him for slurry pollution which he was completely unaware of.

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Q&A - My Civil Partner has cheated on me. Is this a ground for dissolving the partnership?

Q: I have been in a civil partnership since 2006 but have just found out my partner has been cheating on me, something I have suspected for a while. Is this a legal ground for ending the partnership? And will I be entitled to half of everything we own?

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Q&A - Should I try and stop my violent ex-partner from seeing our children?

Q.  My ex was violent towards me during our relationship and I am worried that his vile temper will have an impact upon the children. Should I stop him seeing them?

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Q&A - Landlord has given me notice to quit business premises after 15 years. Can he do this?

Q: I run a small café from rented premises and have done so for the last 15 years without any problems. However my landlord now tells me he intends to demolish and redevelop the property and wants me out and has given me notice. Can he do this?

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Q&A - As an executor of aunt’s Will can I sign all paperwork if the other executor lives abroad?

Q:  My aunt recently passed away. In her Will she appointed my sister and me as her executors. This could be a problem though as my sister has been living in Australia for the past few years. Can you please tell me whether my sister is still required to act as an executor and sign all the paperwork before we can apply for probate? Or can I sign everything without her? Otherwise it is going to be very difficult if she has got to come over from Australia and stay until everything has been dealt with.

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Q&A - Can developer claw back on restrictive covenant for property I sold years ago?

Q: I purchased one of three adjacent properties 23 years ago. The centre property subsequently suffered severe subsidence and had to be demolished. The developer paid compensation to the owner and offered me and the other property owner the option to each purchase half the land as additional garden. Within the deal was a restrictive covenant providing a claw back clause for the developer in the event that there should be any future construction on the land.

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Q&A - Can we get out of contract with developer on grounds of completion delays?

Q: We signed a contract to buy a house being built by a local builder on a single plot of land. We paid a deposit and were told the house would definitely be completed by the end of April 2019. On that basis we put our current house on the market and found a buyer. However, it is now the end of June, the new house is nowhere near completion and our buyer is pulling out because of the delay. We could just move out and rent but, in honesty, we have lost faith in our builder. We have told him we want to pull out but he says we can’t as we have signed a contract.

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Q&A - Can we sue boxing club for son's brain injury?

Q: My 15-year old son recently joined the local boxing club. Whilst he was in training the coach told him to box with another boy of similar age, for three 1minute rounds. In the second round my son was punched in the stomach, which caused him to fall and hit his head on the ring floor. The coach phoned to tell me me about his accident and I immediately drove to the hospital.

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Q&A - What are the current laws on surrogacy and how and when are they changing?

Q: I saw recently on the news that the current surrogacy laws are to be updated. Can you advise what changes will be made and when, as my husband and I have been unable to conceive naturally and are considering surrogacy as an option.

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