GHP Insights

News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - How can ex-wife claim part of my lottery win if we have a Decree Absolute?

Q. I’ve just won the lottery! Not enough to buy an island I’m afraid but certainly enough for me to live comfortably for the next few years. However, as soon as the news broke I had a message from my ex-wife saying that she thinks she is entitled to a share of my winnings. We got divorced last year and we have a Decree Absolute, but she says that because we didn’t finalise the financial proceedings and get a “Clean Break Order” we are still financially tied….is this true?

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Q&A - Selling a tenanted property - how does it affect the landlord and tenant

Q: I am a landlord looking to sell my property.  Currently there is a tenant in the property on an assured shorthold tenancy who is worried about having a new landlord and what this will mean for her.  How will this affect my sale of the property and does the tenant have any rights?

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Q&A - Neighbours trees are blocking light to my garden. What can I do?

Q: My neighbours have allowed several trees to grow to such a height in their garden that I am worried a strong wind may blow them over and damage my property. I have tried to discuss the problem with my neighbours but they have refused to reduce the height of the trees. What can I do to resolve the issue? 

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Q&A - Can I get wedding venue or cheating ex to repay my deposit?

My fiancée and I booked a wedding venue after getting engaged, but then I found out he was having an affair with my brother and I called the wedding off. The venue is now refusing to return the large deposit I paid and my fiancée is refusing to give me with his half of the cost of the cancelled hire. Firstly, how can the venue charge me for the cancellation and secondly why hasn’t my ex-fiancée suffered any loss given that it is his fault the wedding has been called off?

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Q&A - Who gets the dog when we separate?

Q: I have recently separated from my long term partner, and as you can imagine, there are a lot of issues that now need to be resolved. Although it may seem silly, one of the most difficult issues we have discussed to date is who gets to keep Hulk, our French bulldog. I know that in the majority of separation cases it is money that people argue over but, for me, keeping Hulk is all I care about. My former partner is not however prepared to give Hulk up and she says under no circumstances will she agree to me keeping him.

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Q&A - Who to sue in bad weather collisions - local authority or other driver?

Q. I was involved in a multiple vehicle pile-up during the “Beast from the East”. I could see the vehicles ahead were backed up and I managed to stop in time but a car behind skidded into me and I collided with the central barrier. My leg was badly crushed in the accident and I am now off work. Who do I sue? The Local Authority for the poor road conditions, or the driver? 
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Q&A - What can I do about personal trainer who ripped me off and left?

Q: As a key member of a gym I was approached by one of the resident personal trainers about booking some sessions. I booked and paid for five sessions but before I could have the first session the trainer left the gym. He has not refunded me any money and refuses to do so. I think he now works out of a different gym. What can I do?

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Q&A - Can you email a prisoner?

Q: It is taking several days for my letters to get to my daughter in prison. I am dealing with her affairs in her absence and as it is taking so long for my correspondence to reach her, she is worrying that there may be something important she needs to know in the meantime. I am wondering therefore whether it is possible to email a prisoner?

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Q&A - What does a solicitor do to get Probate?

Q: My sister asked me and our brother to be executors of her Will after her husband died. She now has terminal cancer and we are keen when the time comes to preserve as much of her estate as possible for her children, who are the beneficiaries. We are therefore wondering what exactly a solicitor does to get Probate and if there is even any need to use a solicitor?

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Q&A - Should I change name on my house deeds now that I am married?

Q:  My husband and I bought our house together two years ago and have just got married. I’ve contacted my bank, HMRC and so on to let them know my married name but a friend said I also need to change the name on the house deeds. Is this necessary and do I need to do it through a solicitor?

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