GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - With the country in lockdown can I still make a claim for accident injuries?

Q:  Two years ago, I was involved in a road traffic accident. A van crashed into the side of my car on a roundabout and I suffered a fracture to my elbow which needed an operation.

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Q&A - How can I get my vulnerable son home to live with me during the COVID crisis?

Q.  My 30-year old son has a severe learning disability and is currently living in a specialist Care Home. I think he is under something called a DOLS which I’ve been told means he is deprived of his liberty and has to stay in the Care Home because he can’t make his own decisions. However, the current COVID19 crisis has meant that I am unable to visit him and can only communicate via skype.

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Families urged to seek legal advice and challenge local authorities if they think loved ones in care need a different environment during the pandemic

A leading Court of Protection lawyer with one of the region’s largest mental health teams has expressed ‘huge concern’ for the mental wellbeing of vulnerable patients, and their families, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Invalid wills are resulting in more cases of intestacy warns top law firm

A regional law firm that ranks among the top 500 law firms in England and Wales has warned that the current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an increase in the number of invalid Wills being made.

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Q&A - We thought Powers of Attorney were for the elderly now with COVID we are not so sure!?

Q: We are in our thirties. We downloaded forms off the internet and wrote Wills when we bought our house together, but never considered setting up Powers of Attorney as we thought such things were for the old, sick and vulnerable. Now COVID has made us all vulnerable and we are wondering whether we should each set one up?

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Q&A - Can anything be done about my abusive partner during COVID lockdown?

Q: Since the lockdown began my partner has been going out every day to the supermarket and bringing back booze which he sits and drinks. Then he gets nasty with me. He has always been verbally abusive towards me, but this is the worst ever and now he is hitting me too because he knows he can get away with it as I am stuck in the house and no-one sees me. I have thought about calling the police when he is at the supermarket, but even if they come what can happen while we are in lockdown? I am terrified I would just make things worse for myself. What can I do?

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Q&A - Does a Will become invalid if a beneficiary also acts as a witness?

Q: Recently my father died and my stepmother, whom I got on well with, died a month later. I had helped them write a Will after they married six years ago, using an online guide we found, so I know they both left their estates to one another and then to me. However, having searched the house I cannot find it. Now my stepmother’s sisters are claiming the Will would have been invalid anyway, as I was the only witness to it as well as being a beneficiary. They claim that the entire estate is therefore theirs. Is this correct?

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Lawyer reports cases of employers already looking to use COVID-19 as excuse to ‘let workers go’!

The Head of Employment Law at one of the region’s largest independent law firms has reported being approached several times in the past couple of weeks by workers seeking advice about bosses who appear to be using COVID-19 as an excuse to get rid of them.

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Q&A - Is my employer using COVID-19 as an excuse to get rid of me?

Q: It is no secret that my wife is medically vulnerable, however her condition is not one that puts her into the ‘at risk’ category for contracting Coronavirus. I was therefore completely taken aback when my employers started talking about ending my employment with them because they said they could not be responsible for putting her at risk. I argued that she is not at risk but so far they have not said they are changing their minds. I think they are just using this as an excuse to get rid of me. What can I do?

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Q&A - Is it still possible to get a divorce during COVID-19 lockdown?

Q. This lockdown has shown me that I can no longer tolerate my husband. All he does is sit around the house all day in his pyjamas and I am responsible for looking after the children and keeping the house clean and tidy. It’s not fair. We have been married for 5 years but it has been this way for a while and spending so much time with him has shown me that the relationship is going nowhere. I want a divorce. Can I still do so or are the Courts and law firms shut down?

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