GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

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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Q&A - Am I entitled to anything if the marital home is in my estranged wifes name?

Q. I recently moved out of the marital home. Although the home is in my wife’s name as she bought it following her first divorce, I have made considerable contributions by paying for bills, home improvements etc. Will I be entitled to anything from the home following our separation?

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Q&A - Should employer offer me alternative work as an option to redundancy?

Q. My employer is closing its chicken feed factory and fifteen of us have just been told we are losing our jobs. Most of the staff on the production side are Eastern Europeans and I think the company is doing this in case there are any issues after Brexit. I work in the office doing an admin role but am one of those being made redundant. I think this is unfair because my employer has another factory, 25 miles down the road, which makes ferret food.

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Q&A - Do I need a solicitor if I am invited for police interview on a voluntary basis?

Q: Last month I was involved in an accident along the main road near where I live when I was driving to work. Today I got a phone call from the Police. They said they were contacting me because they wanted me to make an appointment to go to the police station for interview. They said I was being asked to go in for interview on a voluntary basis. Do I need a solicitor?

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Q&A - What is the best way to engage a freelancer to help grow my business?

Q: I run a successful small business but cannot yet commit to taking on any permanent staff. Instead I am looking at taking on a freelancer that I won’t have to pay if they don’t come up with the orders I need to grow the business. Can you provide some guidelines regarding terms of engagement?

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Q&A - Can we stop sons manipulative widow from using his sperm?

From what you say it suggests your son’s intention was to use his frozen sperm to have a child with a partner if he felt so inclined and was left infertile after cancer treatment.

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Q&A - Can I be held liable for compensation claim costs if I have changed Insurance Companies since my car accident?

My car was a write-off. My insurers eventually paid out and I thought that was the end of it. Since then I have changed insurers. Last week I got a letter from a firm of Solicitors saying they had been engaged by my old Insurers to represent me and that I might have to go to Court. They also sent a list of their fees. I have phoned my current Insurers but they say my current legal cover is not applicable to a case prior to the date I started cover with them. What should I do?

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Q&A - Our flight was cancelled due to drone activity. Are we entitled to compensation or refund?

Q)  My partner and I were due to visit our daughter just before Christmas, while she’s on her year abroad at university. Unfortunately our flight was cancelled on arrival at the airport; the cancellation was due to an unidentified object entering airport airspace and the airport having to temporarily close. Our daughter is in quite a remote area of southern France and there are only two flights a week to her nearest airport. We were unable to travel on the next flight due to my work commitments. Am I entitled to a refund or compensation?

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Q&A - How much does a divorce cost and how do you go about getting one?

Q: What is the cost of a divorce? And is it simply a case of filing for divorce?   My partner has been separated from his wife for 2 years and has lived separately all that time. There are no children or assets but his wife may not want to sign the papers. Will that cause a problem?

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Q&A - What is the best way to pass on shares in a private limited company?

Q: I am thinking about setting up a business with my brother. Whilst we get on, our wives sadly don’t. We are however planning to make our wives shareholders in the business, for financial reasons. Obviously setting up the business changes a lot of things in our lives and we will need to make new Wills to take these into account. If we leave our shares to our wives and something happens to one of us, the other one’s widow would effectively become a majority shareholder, which worries me.  Can we protect ourselves against this happening?

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