GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Can I be evicted if I cannot pay my rent due to Coronavirus forcing my business to close?

Q:  I am self-employed and, since the Covid-19 government restrictions were imposed, I have lost my main source of income. I have now applied for government assistance, but I am really struggling to pay the rent on my house. Can you tell me whether my landlord can evict me during the lockdown?

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Q&A - Should I settle injury claim without medical assessment that due to COVID is currently not possible?

Q:  I have an ongoing personal injury claim and I am concerned about how my claim might be affected by the coronavirus. My Solicitor advised me that the Defendant admitted liability and medical evidence would need to be obtained. Is this going to be possible at the moment? I am keen to settle my claim quickly as I am suffering from financial hardship.

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Q&A - With the country in lockdown can I still make a claim for accident injuries?

Q:  Two years ago, I was involved in a road traffic accident. A van crashed into the side of my car on a roundabout and I suffered a fracture to my elbow which needed an operation.

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Q&A - How can I get my vulnerable son home to live with me during the COVID crisis?

Q.  My 30-year old son has a severe learning disability and is currently living in a specialist Care Home. I think he is under something called a DOLS which I’ve been told means he is deprived of his liberty and has to stay in the Care Home because he can’t make his own decisions. However, the current COVID19 crisis has meant that I am unable to visit him and can only communicate via skype.

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Q&A - We thought Powers of Attorney were for the elderly now with COVID we are not so sure!?

Q: We are in our thirties. We downloaded forms off the internet and wrote Wills when we bought our house together, but never considered setting up Powers of Attorney as we thought such things were for the old, sick and vulnerable. Now COVID has made us all vulnerable and we are wondering whether we should each set one up?

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Q&A - Can anything be done about my abusive partner during COVID lockdown?

Q: Since the lockdown began my partner has been going out every day to the supermarket and bringing back booze which he sits and drinks. Then he gets nasty with me. He has always been verbally abusive towards me, but this is the worst ever and now he is hitting me too because he knows he can get away with it as I am stuck in the house and no-one sees me. I have thought about calling the police when he is at the supermarket, but even if they come what can happen while we are in lockdown? I am terrified I would just make things worse for myself. What can I do?

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Q&A - Does a Will become invalid if a beneficiary also acts as a witness?

Q: Recently my father died and my stepmother, whom I got on well with, died a month later. I had helped them write a Will after they married six years ago, using an online guide we found, so I know they both left their estates to one another and then to me. However, having searched the house I cannot find it. Now my stepmother’s sisters are claiming the Will would have been invalid anyway, as I was the only witness to it as well as being a beneficiary. They claim that the entire estate is therefore theirs. Is this correct?

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Q&A - Is my employer using COVID-19 as an excuse to get rid of me?

Q: It is no secret that my wife is medically vulnerable, however her condition is not one that puts her into the ‘at risk’ category for contracting Coronavirus. I was therefore completely taken aback when my employers started talking about ending my employment with them because they said they could not be responsible for putting her at risk. I argued that she is not at risk but so far they have not said they are changing their minds. I think they are just using this as an excuse to get rid of me. What can I do?

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Q&A - Is it still possible to get a divorce during COVID-19 lockdown?

Q. This lockdown has shown me that I can no longer tolerate my husband. All he does is sit around the house all day in his pyjamas and I am responsible for looking after the children and keeping the house clean and tidy. It’s not fair. We have been married for 5 years but it has been this way for a while and spending so much time with him has shown me that the relationship is going nowhere. I want a divorce. Can I still do so or are the Courts and law firms shut down?

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Q&A - Is it still possible for me to make a Will during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Q.  I am 73 years of age and I lost my husband 3 years ago. It had always been my intention to make a will following his death, that would ensure our estate was distributed fairly between my children and step children. However, I sadly never got around to it and now I am concerned that I may have left it too late since I am currently self isolating. Is it still possible for me to make a will?

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