GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Should my bowel cancer have been diagnosed earlier?

Q: During the last 3 years I have suffered with bowel changes, bloating and abdominal pains. I have also found blood in my stools. My GP told me that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and haemorrhoids and I was prescribed peppermint oil capsules and advised to add more fibre to my diet.

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Q&A - Can you impose conditions in a Will to prevent a son-in-law benefiting?

Q:  We have lived the past ten years in dread of our daughter marrying her lazy partner, but at Christmas she announced they will marry in the Summer of 2020. As our only child she is the sole beneficiary of our Wills. Now we are terrified that our future son-in-law could end up with half her inheritance if they later divorce - if he hasn’t already squandered it away - and that our two grandchildren will not benefit later on. Is there any way we can put conditions in our Wills to protect our assets solely for the benefit of our daughter and grandchildren?

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Q&A - Why do I need a Will if the Statutory Legacy sum has increased?

Q:  My partner is giving me a hard time about making a Will. But if neither of us has any children to fight over it, and my half of the house we bought together is less than the Statutory Legacy amount that I believe has just increased to £270,000, why would I need to make a Will?

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Q&A - My brother is more ill than he realises and needs to be sectioned. As his nearest relative what can I do?

Q: My brother has suffered mental illness for many years. His son and his wife have both died in the past twelve months and I think this has affected him far more badly than he realises. I am currently visiting him every week because I am so worried about him. I think he needs to be admitted to hospital for treatment as I believe he is a danger to himself, but he won’t discuss it. His wife always took responsibility for him when his mental health deteriorated in the past, but now he has no-one. Is there anything I can do?

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Q&A - Will divorce be easier if we wait two years?

Q.  I separated from my wife last month. I have read online that we should wait two years to get divorced as it will make things easier for us. Is this right?

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Q&A - I am worried about IHT liability when I die as my house has risen in value

Q: I have just had my house valued and discovered it has risen considerably. I don’t have much cash but with the value of the house now exceeding £375,000 I am worried that it will mean my son having to pay Inheritance Tax when I die. I have considered signing the house over to him now, but at my age I am concerned I won’t live the required seven years after doing so for it to benefit him. What else can I do?

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Q&A - Can I prove hospital was negligent in performing tests on my daughter that caused burns?

Q.  When my daughter was 9 months old I took her to hospital for tests as she was not gaining weight as expected and had delayed motor development. She was given a ‘sweat test’, which involved applying metal electrodes to her arm.

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Q&A - How can I get more access to my children who are in care?

Q:  After I got out of an abusive marriage almost a year ago I was in a bad way mentally and the local authority took my sons away from me. At the time I could see there was no other option as their father was likely to abuse them like he had abused me and I couldn’t even look after myself let alone them. I have been allowed to see them under supervision once a month. Now I am in a much better place mentally but Children’s Services won’t increase access to my children. What can I do?

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Q&A - What is the difference between a Licence Agreement and an Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

Q: Our daughter is at university and is keen to do a house share next academic year. We have heard that rooms in a house can be let in different ways and that we should ensure she gets somewhere under a Licence Agreement, not an Assured Shorthold Tenancy. Please can you explain the difference? 

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Q&A - Since my husband wants the divorce will he have to pay all costs?

Q:  My husband and I separated almost four years ago but didn’t bother to get divorced as everything was amicable, neither of us wanted another relationship and I moved into my son’s house because he was working abroad. Now my son is coming back and I need to think about getting a place of my own. I spoke to my husband about funding and he is suddenly defensive and says we should get divorced and sort things out ‘properly’. As it’s him who wants to formalise matters, is it him who will have to pay the costs?

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