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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Dealing with probate when the deceased's assets are in two countries

Q:  My parents moved to South Africa some years ago. They won't talk about what might happen to their estate when they die and I am concerned that I and my siblings might be left with a problem as they have assets both here and abroad. Is there anything we need to know about probate in such circumstances?

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Q&A - Is it an offence to poison a neighbour's tree?

Q:  My neighbour's tree overhangs my fence and it is so large that it cuts out the light from a large area of my small garden. I have repeatedly asked him to cut it down but he has refused. In fact he has been quite nasty. The roots are right against my fence. Would I be committing an offence if I poisoned the tree?

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Q&A - Do I need extra provision to protect my children's inheritance when I remarry?

Q:  After my first wife died I changed my Will, leaving everything to my three sons. Recently I have been blessed with meeting someone else and we are getting married. The lady in question is financially independent and we will live in my house after we are married and rent her house out. When anything happens to one of us we will revert to living how we did before and our respective children will remain sole beneficiaries as per our current Wills. Do we need to make extra provisions?

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Q&A - Corporate Manslaughter - Employer responsibility for company vehicles & drivers

Q:  I have several pool cars which staff use when making company visits. What are the implications for employers under the Corporate Manslaughter & Corporate Homicide Act, if for example an employee caused a fatal accident whilst driving a company vehicle?

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Q&A - Can I be held responsible for deceased benefactor's underpaid tax?

Q:  Two years ago I and another beneficiary who was also Executor, inherited equal shares of an uncle's estate. After gaining probate the Executor, who lived in the US, sadly died. I later received a demand from HMRC for several hundred pounds, an equal portion of monies purportedly owed to them by my uncle for underpaid income tax. I informed them of the other beneficiary's passing and now they say I am liable for what is owed in full. Can this be right?

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Q&A - I believe previous tenants' debts are affecting my credit rating

Q:  I have been living in the same rented house for almost a year. The tenants who lived here before me left considerable debts behind and I have had bailiffs knocking on my door on more than one occasion. Now I have been refused a loan and I am worried it is because the address I live at has been blackballed due to the former tenant's debts. What can I do to clear my name?

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Q&A - Employer ignored broken chair that caused back injury. Can I claim compensation?

Q:  Months ago I complained to my employer about my broken desk chair which was forcing me to sit in the wrong position for typing. Nothing was done and I started getting back pain. My GP sent me for x-rays and it transpires I have a collapsed disc which has trapped a nerve in my back and requires an operation. I was told the operation may not cure the pain and I could be left with impaired movement. Can I sue my employer for compensation?

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Q&A - What happens if father's Will cannot be found and how do I know if it's valid?

Q:  My father doesn't like people knowing about his private affairs, even close family, and he doesn't believe in solicitors. Although he says he has made a Will I haven't seen it and if it exists I don't know where it is. I am worried what will happen when he dies, if I either can't find his Will or else it hasn't been drawn up properly.

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Q&A - My wife left me for another man. Can she force me to sell farm to pay her out?

Q:  I have been married for more than twenty years. At Christmas my wife admitted she had been having an affair for several years. She said she had stayed with me for the sake of our two children aged ten and fourteen. We had a blazing row and she left. Now she wants a divorce. My worry is that we own a farm and that is my livelihood. Will she be entitled to part of it if we divorce? Will I have to sell up?

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Q&A - No-one wants to take responsibility for leaking roof on my new conservatory

Q: I had a conservatory built last September. Following the heavy rain after Christmas, the roof leaked. I rang the company who supplied and built the conservatory and they sent someone out. I was told the leak was due to a faulty component and they would contact the manufacturer. Two weeks later the manufacturer came around and told me the fault was with the builder who supplied and fitted it. No-one wants to take responsibility, what can I do?

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