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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Property lawyer working both sides of the border calls for equality of COVID-19 property tax cuts in England and Wales

The Head of Property at one of the region’s leading law firms has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement of a temporary COVID-19 suspension of the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) payable on all residential property purchases up to £500,000 in England, but warns that the Welsh government needs to follow suit.

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Q&A - Single mum of two died without leaving a Will. How do we sort out her estate?

Q: My step-daughter was a single mother of two children whose father is violent and untrustworthy. She recently died unexpectedly and we have been unable to find a Will. Her two children currently live with us as they are only young. My husband (her father) has started dealing with her estate since she named him as her next of kin, but we need some guidance as to what we need to do to sort out her estate.
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Q&A - I am due to return to work following COVID-19 furlough can I refuse if I feel unsafe?

Q: I am due to go back to work at the end of July. However, so far, I have received no information from my employer to suggest the working arrangements will change from how it was before the coronavirus lockdown. If this is the case, then I will not feel safe as the shared office space puts us too close together for comfort. Can I refuse to go back and ask to carry on working from home if nothing changes?

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Q&A - COVID-19 has made me think about Powers of Attorney

Q:  My seventy-year old mum is fit and healthy, but a friend of hers got COVID-19 and has been in a coma in hospital for seven weeks. The lady’s daughter did not have Power of Attorney over her mother’s affairs, which has caused huge problems. Consequently, I have been trying to persuade mum to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney, but I think she sees it as giving away her independence. Is there a way of setting up a temporary Power of Attorney that could run just until the coronavirus pandemic eases?

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Q&A - In view of COVID-19 should I appoint an additional executor to administer my Will?

Q:  I have only one executor named on my Will, but the coronavirus pandemic has made me think I should add another just in case something happens to her. How can I go about doing that, especially when so many businesses are currently still in lockdown?

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New solicitor welcomed by busy Oswestry private client team as COVID-19 continues to increase demand for Wills.

Leading Shropshire and North Wales law firm, GHP Legal, has announced the appointment of an additional solicitor to the busy Probate, Wills, Tax & Trusts team at one of its Oswestry offices.

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Q&A - If social services apply for a care order for my grandchildren can I apply for them to live with me?

Q:    My daughter and her partner have been furloughed from work since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. She texts me all the time saying how abusive her partner is being in front of the children, but because of the lockdown I have not been able to do anything to help her. She has worried all along about the neighbours hearing their rows because social services have been involved in the past. Now one of the neighbours has phoned social services. Could they apply for a care order? And if so, would I be allowed to have the children to live with me?

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If job goes post COVID, will redundancy and notice pay be on full salary or 80% furlough pay?

Q:  I have been on furlough since COVID lockdown started but am worried that my job may cease to exist when the job retention scheme ends. If I am made redundant, will my redundancy pay be based on my previous salary or on the 80% furlough pay? Secondly, will the notice pay be 100% or 80%?

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Domestic abuse reforms never more necessary than now during COVID-19 lockdown says family lawyer!

The head of Family and Children Law at one of the region’s largest law firms said today that he was delighted to hear the Government’s announcement of an overhaul of systems in the family courts which aims to give greater protection to domestic abuse survivors and their children.

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Q&A - COVID-19 lockdown together has ended our relationship am I entitled to more than half the house?

Q:  We have lived together for five years but being locked down together 24/7 since the coronavirus pandemic started has finished our relationship. As my partner was still at university when we bought our house, I paid most of the deposit and all the mortgage payments for the first two years. We have agreed to put the house up for sale now that the property market has kickstarted, but my partner seems to think he is entitled to half of everything, even though I have paid more than he has. Surely this isn’t right?

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