Q: I have just inherited from my uncle’s estate. I drafted my own Will some time ago and recall being advised that my estate could potentially exceed inheritance tax thresholds. I would therefore like to pass on my inheritance to my children instead. What is the best way for me to do this?Read more
Q: I took on new tenants in a house I own on 1st February this year. They have a 12 month Assured Shorthold Tenancy which ends 31st January 2021 and then rolls into a periodic tenancy. I have looked at the new Electrical Safety Regulations and am confused about when I need to get an electrical check done. Also, the regulations seem to apply on different dates for ‘contractual periodic tenancies’ to ‘statutory periodic tenancies’, and I am not sure which type my tenants have. Please can you clarify this?Read more
Q: My father is in hospital and unable to communicate after a stroke. Previously in good health, he never felt the need to set up a power of attorney. Now I need to deal with his affairs and make decisions on his behalf, particularly as there is COVID in the hospital where he is. I know I need to make an application to be his attorney, but I’m not confident about how to do it and, due to the situation, I cannot afford to waste time getting it wrong. Please can you advise?Read more
Q: My son’s father-in-law died of coronavirus and ever since my son has wanted me to put something in writing about how I would want things to happen if I became unexpectedly ill and lost mental capacity. I have identified various options but am more concerned about the health aspect than what happens about money. Can you explain the difference between a Living Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney?Read more
Q: I returned to work in June after being on furlough. Several days after that I developed a temperature and dry cough. I went into self-isolation and tested positive for Covid-19. I had a short spell in hospital but I am now much better. I am convinced that I contracted the virus at work. No safety systems were in place and the office layout meant staff could not adhere to social distancing. My concerned friend at work asked HR if she could see the coronavirus risk assessment and was advised it has not yet been finalised. Could I make a claim against my employer?Read more
A Wrexham woman has returned to the law firm where she did work experience as a seventeen-year old schoolgirl, to begin a training contract that will see her qualify as a solicitor in two years’ time.Read more
Q: I was furloughed in March. I am due to return to work after August bank holiday. The boss made us take our annual leave during the furlough period so he had all hands on deck when he re-opened. But I had to travel to Spain in July because my father, who lives there alone, had a heart attack. He is now recovering well and I plan to return home next week, but of course I can’t go back to work for 2 weeks because of COVID-19 quarantine. I asked the boss if I could carry my annual leave over as I hadn’t requested to take it during furlough, it was forced on me. He refused, saying he won’t pay me until I do go back. Can he do that?Read more
Q&A - Would claiming compensation from the NHS for clinical negligence seem insensitive during the COVID pandemic?
A: My husband became ill in February. Our GP referred him for a consultant appointment at the hospital, but he ended up with a video appointment due to coronavirus. As his problem was internal this was little help. He was just told to take antacid medication. His situation worsened but, concerned about pressures on the NHS, he did not want to make a fuss.Read more
Q. I am concerned that if I have to go into a care home, I might have to sell my home to pay for my care and my son and granddaughters wouldn’t get anything at all? Is this correct?Read more
Q. Because of the pandemic I have been very worried that if I become ill, I wouldn’t be able to deal with everything that I normally have to deal with. If this happens would my brother be able to deal with everything, or do I need to make a power of attorney?