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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - If I apply for a Contact Order will my children get their wish to come and stay?

Q:    Sadly, following our enforced homeworking in the COVID19 lockdown, my wife and I decided we could no longer live together and so we separated after Christmas. As finances are restricted, I opted to lodge with my sister and her family for the time being. My sister has a boy and a girl, like we do, and is perfectly happy for my two to come and stay at weekends and bunk in with her two. My wife, however, is refusing to agree to this, despite our children wanting to come. If I apply to the court for a contact order, will the wishes of the children be taken into account?

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Q&A - Could we have a legal document drawn up for a private loan to our daughter?

Q:    My son-in-law lost his job at the start of the covid pandemic and is still out of work. Fortunately, my daughter still has her job, but they are struggling financially. They want to sell their house and downsize so that my son-in-law can start his own business, but they need to finish renovating their current house in order to sell it at its full potential value. They need a short-term loan of around £16,000 but have been unable to find a lender willing to help them. We could lend them the money, but we are concerned about the implications if something untoward should happen to change the situation. Is it possible to have a legal document drawn up for such a loan?

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Q&A - My ex keeps threatening that he will not return our children to my care.

Q:           My children have lived with me for most of the time since their father left us, but as he was on furlough from the start of the coronavirus pandemic, I agreed to them spending more time with him, to ring some changes for them because of home schooling. Now he has been made redundant and has suddenly decided he wants to keep them. He keeps threatening that he will not return them to my care. Can he just do this? What can I do to stop it from happening?

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Q&A - Neighbour entered without permission, causing damage to our land. What can we do?

Q:    Due to COVID19 travel restrictions we had not visited our holiday cottage for over a year until last week. Instead of the enjoyable, long awaited break we hoped for, however, it was a nightmare. Our neighbour had built himself a pond and large wooden leisure structure, clearly using our land as access without our permission. Our fence, which he must have temporarily removed, is damaged and our garden is a quagmire as the pond is leaking into our garden. His place is also a holiday home, and no-one appeared whilst we were down there. We were told by another neighbour that he is aware of the problems he has caused us but seems unconcerned. What should we do?

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Q&A - Can a copy Will be used for probate if the original Will has been lost?

Q:    My father has dementia and has gone into care. My sister and I have joint power of attorney. We believed he kept his original Will at home, but we cannot find it and he does not understand when we ask him about it, and the family solicitor has long since retired. We have a copy of what we believe was the last Will he made, but what happens if he dies and the original has not been found?

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Q&A - Is there a way out of my controlling marriage?

Q:    My sister says my wife has controlled my life for years. I used to defend my wife but since the COVID-19 pandemic I have realised my sister is right and things are getting worse. My wife has destroyed my confidence and says I am incapable of making decisions for myself. Back in February I supposedly collapsed in the street after leaving the pub. Someone called an ambulance and also my wife. When my wife came, she refused to let me go to hospital. It turned out I had been mugged and had a head injury. Now she says we cannot have the COVID vaccine because it will poison us. She says we will stay home until the pandemic has ended. She took my phone and credit card and changed the bank passwords. I have nowhere to go. What can I do?

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Legal 500 firm appoints domestic abuse specialist to regional family law team

One of the region’s largest and most highly respected family law teams has announced the appointment of an additional solicitor with a special interest in domestic abuse cases at its Wrexham head office.

GHP Legal, which also has offices in Oswestry, Llangollen and Chirk, says the appointment of Sean Rolinson reflects an increase in the number of enquiries relating to family matters, and in particular domestic abuse cases, since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Q&A - Builder has disappeared taking our £40,000 and leaving us with a building site

Q:    In November 2019 we engaged a builder to construct an extension and do a loft conversion on our bungalow. He was to start work in Spring 2020. We paid up front for some materials but then the coronavirus pandemic started and the job was delayed. He did some of the groundworks after first lockdown and then wanted more money for steelwork that had not been budgeted for. We paid that but there was a further delay due to manufacturing problems. To date we have paid over £45,000 but the job is nowhere near complete and since January this year we have been unable to contact the builder, despite having a contract for the work. What should we do?

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Q&A - Should I pay for a bad decorating job, or can I withhold payment?

Q:    I arranged for my house to be completely decorated inside and out whilst I stayed with my daughter who is in my COVID bubble. I listed everything I wanted doing and all the paint colours before the decorator quoted. On my return home, I found his workmanship poor, he had painted the ceilings white instead of doing them the same colour as the walls, and he had used gloss on the woodwork when I had specified eggshell.

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Q&A - Do I have to use the solicitor my insurance company appoints to handle my injury claim?

Q:    I am claiming compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident that was not my fault. My injuries are not being disputed but the insurance company has instructed a solicitor who is based miles away to handle my claim. With the COVID restrictions this means there is no chance of him or her ever seeing me and my injuries. I find this extremely worrying as the appointed solicitor will not have a first-hand opportunity to see how bad I am and may therefore not get me the best deal. So, my question is: do I have to go with that solicitor, or can I request to have a solicitor to handle my case who is based nearer to where I live?

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