GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Will I have ‘home rights’ if I move into boyfriend’s house to avoid further COVID separation

Q:    My boyfriend has his own house, and I am considering moving in with him as it has been dreadful having to be apart during the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns. I am prepared to make contributions but am concerned that the property is just in his name. Is there still such a thing as common law marriage, and would I have any rights in relation to the house because of this?

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Q&A - Can I make a military injury claim against the MoD?

Q:    I left the military at the end of 2019 after serving for six years. In the summer before I came out, I was involved in an accident when the vehicle I was driving came off the road. It was later proven that the vehicle had not undergone service checks when they were due, and the accident could be attributed to a fault that would have been rectified if the check had been carried out. I did not sustain any serious injuries at the time but during the latter part of this year I began to suffer severe pain that has now been diagnosed as resulting from whiplash. Can I make a claim against the MoD?

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Q&A - As if COVID is not bad enough a new construction site is upsetting my livestock can I claim compensation?

Q:    A new access road has been built to service a housing development being constructed adjacent to livery stables I have owned and run for 37 years. Heavy machinery and site traffic are going in and out all day and the noise is causing distress to the horses. COVID is already affecting my business and now I’m concerned that I could also lose clients who feel the standard of care I offer is compromised.

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Q&A - My Attorney has died of Coronavirus. Will I have to make a new LPA?

Q:     I have a property and financial affairs Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), appointing my neighbour as my attorney. I set it up several years ago when the LPA took over from the old Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA). Sadly, my neighbour recently contracted COVID-19 and died. It has now occurred to me that her passing has probably rendered my LPA useless. Will I have to prepare a new LPA?

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Q&A - Network Rail's Japanese Knotweed is depriving me of taking COVID stamp duty holiday advantage

Q:    When the government announced the COVID stamp duty holiday on property purchases, values in my area rose and I decided to take advantage of the situation and move.  However, when I got a valuation, the estate agent noticed that from my upstairs windows he could see Japanese Knotweed growing on adjoining land.

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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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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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