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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - If I move into my partners house will I have any legal rights?

Q: My partner says he doesn’t ever want to get married but he has asked me whether I will move in with him. He owns the house where he lives and he says he will carry on paying the mortgage and bills and I can buy the food. He says if we are still together in two years, and I start contributing to the mortgage then, I could have a share of the house. Would this give me any legal rights though? I trust him at the moment and I believe he means well, but I have concerns that if things between us should change in the future I won’t have any kind of protection and I may end up having to start over in a different situation with nothing.

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Q&A - What are the laws regarding older drivers?

Q: Since the Prince Philip crash scandal, I have found myself wondering; what are the laws regarding ‘older drivers’? My father is 84 and is getting a bit doddery, but he is still driving. Can you ever be too old to drive?.

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Court of Protection Solicitor concerned by 14% increase in people being deprived of their liberty

A local solicitor who specialises in Court of Protection cases concerning the elderly has expressed massive concern about government statistics published by the Ministry of Justice on March 28th that revealed there were 4,557 Deprivation of Liberty (DOL) applications in 2018, a 14% increase compared to 2017.

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Q&A - I can not afford a solicitor. Can I apply to court myself for child access?

Q.  I don’t think I can afford a Solicitor. Can I take my ex to Court myself for child access?

A.  There is nothing to prevent you from making your own application and representing yourself at Court in any family law matter, but I would proceed with caution. The application is an extremely important document and despite the court simplifying the form for use by litigants in person, you must be very careful what you are asking the Court to do.  The application is referred to throughout the proceedings so it is vital that you get it right.

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Q&A - Sister may be using power of attorney to take mums money for herself

Q:  My mother is suffering from dementia. Fortunately she had registered a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) appointing my sister as an attorney, which meant my sister was able to step in and help mum with her finances when she became unable to manage them herself. However, I am now worried that my sister might be taking some of mum’s money to spend on herself. I don’t have any proof but am suspicious as the last few times I’ve tried to call her she has not answered or replied to messages I’ve left for her to call me back. What can I do?

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Q&A - Suspended employee has entered work premises. Can I withhold his pay?

Q. I own a number of dog grooming salons across several towns and have had to suspend a long standing employee as a passer-by reported that they saw him jumping up and down and shouting at a dog he was supposed to be grooming. I asked my employee to stay away from the premises while I investigate but he has called back in at least once, apparently to collect a pair of scissors that he says belong to him. What should I do now? Am I allowed to withhold his pay if he does it again?

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Q&A - Is 25 too young to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney and make a Will?

 Q: Our son is a firefighter and we worry something could happen that would change his life, leaving him dependant on others after we’re gone. We’ve tried to persuade him to make a Will and we also wondered about him setting up a power of attorney, just in case. His view is that at 25, and not even owning a house, we are being ridiculous. Are we?

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Q&A - We disagree about our sons gender recognition at school what can I do?

Q.  My 8 year old son has announced he wants to be recognised as a girl at school and my wife thinks we should allow this. I disagree. I think it is just a phase and is something he will grow out of. What can I do?

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Q&A - Is there a threshold for Probate?

Q: My brother and I are executors of our father’s Will. Dad is currently in a care home and sadly we are probably going to lose him before the summer. The costs for the home have eaten into his assets and there is very little money left. We are wondering therefore whether we will need to apply for probate when he dies. Is there a threshold for Probate?

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New full time solicitor announced for busy Wrexham legal team

The busy private client team at the head office of one of the region’s top law firms has welcomed the addition of another full time solicitor.

Welsh-speaking Lowri had previously shared her time between the Wrexham and Oswestry offices after joining the firm in August 2018.

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