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Two new paralegals recruited by busy law firm

Leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm, GHP Legal, has appointed two new paralegals to support teams at its Wrexham head office.

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Q&A - My husband is having a same sex affair can I divorce him for adultery?

Q:    As if the lockdown and social distancing rules that I have been stringently following weren’t bad enough, I have just found out that my husband has not only ignored all the COVID-19 rules but has been carrying on an affair with another man. Worse than that, it turns out the other man has now been confirmed to have coronavirus, so he has put my life in danger too. 

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Q&A - If an employee contracts COVID-19 at work can they sue the business?

Q:  During this second wave of coronavirus outbreaks we have seen a noticeable increase in workers who have contracted the virus, and for the first time a member of my staff has died from it. As a business we have followed all the government guidelines and taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff, but I am worried about the possibility of us being held responsible if an employee contracts the virus at work. Could they or their family bring a claim against us for compensation?

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Q&A - Landlord is demanding £250 towards a new boiler. What should I do?

Q:    I am a single mum with two young children. We rent a flat through an agent. I always pay my rent on time and keep the place clean and tidy, but when things go wrong I am kept waiting for repairs and I find his manner intimidating.

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Popular Wrexham solicitor joins busy property team at GHP Legal

A Wrexham solicitor who first worked in the area more than thirty years ago has joined the busy residential conveyancing team at GHP Legal.

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Q&A - My husband died of COVID and my son wants me to sign my home over to him

Q:  When we updated our Wills, they stated that when one of us died the other would inherit their share of the home. Now my husband has died, my son has suggested I sign the house over to him to avoid paying inheritance tax. He does not live with me and says I can still live in the house but would need to stay alive for seven years. As my husband died unexpectedly of COVID-19 aged 58, it has made me nervous. How would signing over the house work?

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Q&A - Can I claim compensation for vet’s misdiagnosis that caused me distress?

Q:  My golden retriever was limping. Our usual vet practice was absorbed by a group last year and I was directed to their weekend surgery. After examining William, the vet said he needed blood tests and x-rays and prescribed strong painkillers meanwhile. When we returned for the results the same vet said William had cancer in his foot which had spread. He would need to be put to sleep. In complete shock, I said I needed more time with him, and I took him home. By then I had spent £1800.

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Q&A - Is it legal to install CCTV to address COVID induced crime in our street?

Q:  Since the COVID pandemic began we have had a lot of burglaries in my area, so I decided to get a CCTV camera. Having put it up, I have now had a complaint from the chap across the way who says I am breaking the law because it is pointing straight at his property. The company I purchased the camera from says that is incorrect. Please can you confirm whether I am breaking the law as this chap is threatening to go to the police about me?

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Q&A - What is the best way to divorce during COVID financial crisis?

Q:  Since my husband and I have been stuck at home together since last March we have discovered that we really don’t even like each other. The problem is that we do not have any actual grounds for divorce, plus we are both worried that our jobs might come to an end if the COVID crisis doesn’t resolve itself soon. This means financially we cannot risk one of us moving out and renting somewhere else at the moment. So, what is our best route to divorce?

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Q&A - How much should I get if my ex-partner buys me out of the house?

Q:    My partner and I bought a house together six years ago. I put up the £15,000 I inherited from an aunt as the entire deposit. From the outset my partner paid the mortgage as he didn’t contribute to the deposit and earns more than me. I have paid all the household bills. Now he wants to end the relationship and buy me out of the house. He says all he should pay me is the £15,000 I put in because he has paid the mortgage for six years. Is that fair?

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