Q: I have just come out of hospital after breaking my collarbone when I tripped over a badly damaged paving slab in front of a construction site whilst visiting friends. I was away from home when it happened and I have been unable to work for several weeks. As I am self-employed this has caused me financial hardship and problems with clients. I am sure I have a case for claiming compensation, but against whom?Read more
A leading Wrexham law firm that helped generate more than £30,000 in future income for a total of nine charities through free Will schemes last year has announced its support for the 2014 free Will scheme being run by a local hospice.Read more
Q: I moved in with my partner when he bought a house six years ago. We both have children from previous relationships and my daughter lives with us. My father keeps on at me about us making Wills, otherwise he reckons my daughter and I could lose our home if anything happened to my partner. Surely if we are common law partners this couldn’t happen? It just seems a bit extreme to be making Wills in our thirties.Read more
Q: I have been running a small business from home, repairing and building handmade bicycles. The business is going well now and now I want to move into commercial premises where I can have a ‘shop window’ as well as a workshop. Last week I found premises in an ideal location, on the ground floor of a terrace of properties. The landlord says he wants a full repairing and insuring lease. As I have never rented commercial premises before I was not sure what he meant by this. Please can you explain?Read more
Q&A - Would there be inheritance issues if we left our UK home to our son and our overseas home to our daughter?
Q: My wife and I are thinking of buying a holiday home in Sardinia. If we go ahead with our plans we would like to leave that house to our daughter in our will and leave our UK home to our son. Would there be any problem with that, or is there anything in foreign legislation that could prevent it?Read more
New intestacy laws designed to reflect modern day living habits will not improve the serious consequences that current rules impose on common law co-habiting couples if one partner dies without making a Will.Read more
Q&A - My ex-wife will not agree to me taking our kids abroad to see their grandparents. What should I do?
Q: My parents have moved to France to enjoy their retirement and twilight years. Unfortunately this means they will see less of my kids, their grandchildren who they dote on. My ex says I am not allowed to take them to France to see my parents. She has the kids’ passports. Can she really stop me from taking them? What can I do?Read more
New rules on healthcare funding which will give people the ‘right to have’ a budget so that they can arrange their own care have been met with both approval and caution by local solicitors.Read more
Q: I have always wanted my own business and after being made redundant earlier this year I decided I would look for premises that would be suitable for a café as I have always loved cooking. Having searched for several months I could hardly believe my luck when I found an existing café business for sale. The problem is that the lease on the premises is for five years and as this is a completely new venture that makes me nervous. Can I get out of the lease if I decide I can’t make it pay after all?Read more