GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Is it still possible for me to make a Will during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Q.  I am 73 years of age and I lost my husband 3 years ago. It had always been my intention to make a will following his death, that would ensure our estate was distributed fairly between my children and step children. However, I sadly never got around to it and now I am concerned that I may have left it too late since I am currently self isolating. Is it still possible for me to make a will?

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Law firm mothballs 50th anniversary celebrations

The coronavirus pandemic has forced one of the region’s largest and longest established law firms to mothball celebration plans to mark 50 years of service to local and wider communities. Safety is far more important than celebrations they say.

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Solicitor warns ‘homemade’ Wills with ‘car bonnet signings’ could be invalid!

Local solicitors have issued a warning following media reports that people fearing the effects of coronavirus are downloading Will forms from the internet and getting them signed on car bonnets.

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Lawyer warns even more support is needed for region’s mental health sufferers in isolation

Leading mental health lawyers have warned that whilst the current lockdown across the region is clearly in the best interests of people’s physical wellbeing, it is also causing additional problems for those with mental health issues.

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Q&A - How do we appoint someone to handle our affairs on our behalf?

Q: My husband and I are housebound due to health problems, but we have a niece whom we trust implicitly, who visits us regularly. We would like her to assist with handling our finances, including making trips to the banks on our behalf. A friend said if we set up an ‘Enduring power of attorney’ we could legally appoint our niece as a deputy to help us. Otherwise, if we lost mental capacity without setting one up, we would have to wait for the court to appoint someone to act on our behalf whom we didn’t know.  What do we need to do?

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Do not let COVID-19 isolation rules deter from challenging local authority decisions about the care of your loved ones warns Mental Health lawyer

Since a Supreme Court judgment in 2014 lawyers have seen a dramatic increase in the number of applications made to the court to challenge authorisations for patients to be sectioned under s21A of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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Q&A - If we split up will the house and finances be split equally?

Q:  I live with my partner. We are not married but we have a joint bank account and a joint mortgage, and we purchased our house as joint tenants. We also have equal savings offsetting our mortgage in the account. The big difference is that my partner earns almost twice as much as me and when we purchased the property, he put up most of the deposit. So, if we split up would the property be split equally, irrespective of who put up the most deposit? And would I be entitled to withdraw my half of the savings? Finally, would the fact that he pays a bigger proportion of the bills give him more entitlement?

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Pandemic causes surge in requests for Wills and LPAs

A local law firm has reported a massive increase in the number of people wanting Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) drawn up to protect their wishes, their assets and their families in the event that they are faced with a worse-case scenario during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Q&A - If my ex is deliberately withholding money left to our daughter in his father’s Will, what can I do?

Q: My ex-husband’s father said he would leave money to my nineteen-year-old daughter when he died. A year after his death, nothing has appeared. My daughter’s father and uncle were the executors of the Will and her uncle continues to live in her grandfather’s house. I have approached my ex-husband, but he refuses to discuss it with me. Can I get a copy of the Will? And if it shows the old man’s wishes were not carried out, what can I do to ensure my daughter gets what is due to her?

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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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