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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Did you know if your tenant dies, you may not be able to automatically repossess your property?

Many landlords are under the impression that if a property is rented to a sole tenant, they can automatically repossess the property if that tenant dies. This is, however, not the case if the tenant dies without leaving a Will, or with a Will but without an Executor.

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Young solicitor is awarded second Law Society Accreditation

A member of one of the region’s largest family law teams has been awarded The Law Society Children Law Accreditation.

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Q&A Now I am drug-free, can I increase contact with my children who are fostered?

My children were taken into care two years ago when I was unfit and unable to look after them. I was told the plan for them would be adoption, but to date no suitable adopters have been found for them and they are still in foster care. Losing my children was truly devastating and as a result of the effect it had on me, I have since managed to completely turn my life around. I no longer take drugs and I am in a really good place. I desperately want to spend more time with my children. Would it be possible for me to see them more than I am currently allowed to?

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Q&A Is there a Capital Gains Tax liability on inherited property?

I have inherited a house from an aunt who died last year. For various reasons it is taking some time to sort out her estate, but once probate has been granted, I would like to sell the house. However, as it is now worth considerably more than when it was valued for probate, my question is, even though I did not purchase the house, will I have to pay Capital Gains Tax when I sell it?

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Higher than usual increase to statutory limit on tribunal awards

Employers should be aware that due to a rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) the increase to the statutory limit on certain employment tribunal awards is higher than usual this year.

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Q&A Three years after divorcing my ex still hasn’t paid me my share of the house!

My ex-husband and I were divorced 3 years ago. It was agreed that he would pay me £50,000, the house would be put in his name, and he would get me off the mortgage. However, I have still not received my money, the house is still in joint names, and I am still on the mortgage. Without the money I cannot buy another house with my new partner, and I am stuck in rented accommodation. What can I do?

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Q&A Does a signed waiver exempt Gym from accident liability?

Last week I tripped over some weights at the gym that had been left randomly on the floor instead of being put back on the rack. I crashed down onto them, knocking out several front teeth and breaking my nose and my elbow.

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Q&A Can I resign from being Executor of Alzheimer sufferer’s Will?

Years ago, I agreed to be executor of a friend’s Will, but as I’ve got older I’ve started worrying about the amount of work it will involve and whether I am up to it. Unfortunately, I can’t ask my friend to find someone younger to take on the job as he is now in a care home with Alzheimer’s. What should I do?

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What to do if you suspect an elderly vulnerable person is being abused

Domestic abuse is a term commonly associated with ‘battered wives’, but in a Crime Survey conducted in 2020, the Office for National Statistics established that 1 in 50 people aged 75+ in England and Wales had been subjected to domestic abuse in the previous twelve months.

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Q&A Are workers entitled to take time off if they have childcare difficulties?

I have a couple of young mums working for me who recently have been asking for more and more time off last minute, due to childcare problems. The problems seem mainly caused by nursery staff who cannot get to work because of the snow, rail strikes, or else nurseries do not have enough staff to operate fully......

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