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News, Q&As and Press Releases From Our Team

Q&A - Should I change name on my house deeds now that I’m 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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Q&A - What can we do about constant dog barking next door?

Q: We own our house, but are having real problems with tenants next door who have several dogs and a new puppy.  The dogs have barked constantly for the last two months and despite numerous requests their owners have done nothing. We have complained several times to the landlord who has agreed with our concerns and issued warnings but to no avail.   We have complained to the council who have told us they are sending out a warning letter, but I wondered if there was anything more we could do, from a legal point of view, to put further pressure on them?

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Llangollen linguist offered trainee solicitor contract by leading law firm

A Llangollen man who returned to his roots after studying Law and Spanish at the Universities of Swansea and Salamanca in Northwest Spain has begun a two year training contract with one of the region’s largest law firms.

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Q&A - Social services say I can’t care for grandchildren who are in temporary foster care. Can I challenge my assessment?

Q: Social Services have started court proceeding in respect of my grandchildren and they have been placed in foster care. I desperately want them to come and live with me but I have been negatively assessed by Social Services because they don’t think I am able to care for them. I don’t agree with the assessment and I think a lot of positive factors have been ignored. What can I do?

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Solicitor warns couples should change former name on deeds to avoid property sale delays

The number of couples buying a house together before going through marriage or civil partnership has risen dramatically in the past two decades, but a Wrexham solicitor has warned they could face delays when they come to sell the property if they have not informed the Land Registry of any subsequent name change.

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Q&A - Mentally abusive husband is depriving wife of cash. Is help available for divorce?

Q:  My friend has been subjected to abuse from her husband for years. The abuse is verbal and controlling rather than physical, so she is able to hide it. She won’t leave him because she is a stay at home mum with no money of her own and she believes that unless she actually divorces him and gets a share of their assets and maintenance she won’t be able to survive. In the meantime she can’t afford to go through the process of divorce. Surely there is something she can do?

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Q&A - Can boss install CCTV to spy on me at work without telling me it is there?

Q: I’m a packer in an export firm. The boss lives abroad and the manager, who is my estranged elder brother, reckoned he found parcels I hadn’t sealed properly. He reported me and the boss told him to give me a warning. When I attended a disciplinary meeting he lied about everything. I was so upset I’m now signed off work with stress. He said he could prove I hadn’t done the job properly because there were CCTV cameras in the warehouse. Could I have them for spying on me with CCTV when they never informed me?

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Q&A - Will Inquest establish what happened to my dead son in police custody?

Q: My son went for a night out in town when he was on Army leave and ended up in the police station where he tragically died. There has been a police inquiry but I don’t know the outcome. Now there is going to be an inquest. How can I find out what people say happened so I don’t have to hear it for the first time at the inquest? Will the Coroner explore the events leading to his death? 

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Solicitor warns bosses to cover snowy days in employment contracts

With further snow and icy conditions forecast for the days ahead, a Wrexham employment solicitor has warned that the recent bad weather has caused chaos to more than the roads.

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Q&A - Why should property be registered at the Land Registry before the owner dies?

Q: My aunt has asked me to be the main executor of her Will. Among other assets, she owns two rental properties that were purchased outright and left to her by her late husband many years ago and which have been managed and let by an agent since his death. I have suggested to her that they may not be registered and this could cause a problem when they are sold but she insists not. I don’t think she understands the implications. Could you please outline them so that I can show her?

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