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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - COVID lockdown prevented me getting diagnosis for broken ankle, Can I sue?

Q;    In April I tripped over a tree root on the river bank and hurt my ankle and knee, both swelled badly. I could only get a telephone appointment with my GP who referred me for a physio appointment which came several weeks later via another telephone appointment. She gave me exercises to do but the pain increased, four weeks later the swelling remained. I called the surgery again but was told I would have to wait for an out-of-hours appointment elsewhere. This doctor immediately sent me to hospital for a scan which showed my ankle had actually broken and was now set in the wrong position. I may never walk properly again. Can I hold the GP responsible and claim compensation? Or the physio? Or the environment agency, who are responsible for maintaining the river bank?

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Local Authorities and Care Homes must ensure vulnerable residents are not forgotten about during COVID-19 pandemic.

The head of Public Authority Law at one of the top 500 law firms in the country has issued a reminder to Local Authorities and Care Homes that they need to put specific plans in place to ensure the most vulnerable members of society are properly protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Q&A - Are civil partners automatically entitled to inherit from each other?

Q:    My partner and I have been together for nine years and entered into a civil partnership more than five years ago. We have not made Wills and my partner is reluctant to make one as he says the civil partnership entitles us to inherit from each other. I am not so sure, however, and as his father died of COVID19 in April and he inherited his father’s house, there would be a considerable amount of money in my partner’s estate if he were to die. So, would I automatically inherit everything? Or could his child from a previous relationship make a claim on his estate?

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Q&A - Is boss discriminating against me in demanding post COVID furlough work return?

Q:    When the coronavirus pandemic hit us, along with other work colleagues I was furloughed. As my disabled son is in residential care and I was told I would not be able to visit him because of lockdown, I decided to have him home and care for him myself. Now my boss wants me to return to work in the office, despite two male colleagues being allowed to return and work from home. I would prefer to work from home as it will take time to get my son back into residential care and even when that happens, I may still not be allowed to visit him. If male colleagues can work from home doing the same job as me, surely this is discrimination?

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Q&A - Furlough pay is not enough to keep up maintenance payments what happens if I just pay less?

Q:    I am really struggling to make ends meet as my furlough pay during the COVID crisis is nowhere near my usual salary. I tried to talk to my ex about paying less maintenance for the kids until the situation eases but she refused to discuss it. What would happen if I just paid less into her bank account?

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Q&A - My husband may be disposing of assets to reduce divorce settlement liability what can I do?

Q:    My husband and I have been locked down together at home since the coronavirus pandemic began. During this time undeniable cracks have surfaced in our twelve-year marriage. We both have high-flying jobs that often result in us being apart for weeks on end, which is probably why the cracks have taken so long to appear. I think we are probably heading for divorce. I think my husband thinks so too, and I have a suspicion that with this in mind he is deliberately ‘syphoning off’ some of his assets in readiness to reduce his liabilities in a divorce settlement. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

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Q&A - Can I gift my inheritance to keep my own estate below the IHT threshold?

Q:    I have just inherited from my uncle’s estate. I drafted my own Will some time ago and recall being advised that my estate could potentially exceed inheritance tax thresholds. I would therefore like to pass on my inheritance to my children instead. What is the best way for me to do this?

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Q&A - I am confused by the new Electrical Safety Regulations (England) for rental properties

Q: I took on new tenants in a house I own on 1st February this year. They have a 12 month Assured Shorthold Tenancy which ends 31st January 2021 and then rolls into a periodic tenancy. I have looked at the new Electrical Safety Regulations and am confused about when I need to get an electrical check done. Also, the regulations seem to apply on different dates for ‘contractual periodic tenancies’ to ‘statutory periodic tenancies’, and I am not sure which type my tenants have. Please can you clarify this?

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Q&A - How can I get power of attorney to handle affairs of father in COVID struck hospital?

Q:    My father is in hospital and unable to communicate after a stroke. Previously in good health, he never felt the need to set up a power of attorney. Now I need to deal with his affairs and make decisions on his behalf, particularly as there is COVID in the hospital where he is. I know I need to make an application to be his attorney, but I’m not confident about how to do it and, due to the situation, I cannot afford to waste time getting it wrong. Please can you advise?

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Q&A - How does a Living Will differ from a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Q:    My son’s father-in-law died of coronavirus and ever since my son has wanted me to put something in writing about how I would want things to happen if I became unexpectedly ill and lost mental capacity. I have identified various options but am more concerned about the health aspect than what happens about money. Can you explain the difference between a Living Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney?

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