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Divorce solicitor warns couples: Get the right papers from the Court or risk paying your ex from beyond the grave.

Last year, divorce solicitors up and down the country reported a marked increase in the number of relationships failing to survive the pressure of COVID-19 lockdowns and home working.

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Q&A - Can ex-wife apply to the Court for more money even though we are divorced?

Q:    After I came home unexpectedly and found my wife in our bed with another man, we split up and she went to live with this other chap. We lived apart for two years and then got a quickie divorce to keep costs down. I stayed in the house and took over the mortgage which I increased to give her half the equity. The decree absolute came through, and that was that - or so I thought.

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Q&A - How can an ex-wife make a financial claim on her former spouse after getting a Decree Absolute?

Q:    The pressure of COVID lockdowns and home working has ended our marriage. As there is no animosity I was planning to move out, rent somewhere and leave my wife to sell the house. Then after two years living apart, we can apply for a divorce on those grounds, get our Decree Absolute and get on with our lives.

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COVID pandemic has not hindered leading law firm’s training programme

A leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm renowned for its commitment to supporting the development of trainee solicitors has appointed a new recruit to its training programme.

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Q&A - How can we be liable for rent arrears and damage incurred after our son left student house?

Q: Our son started university in October but came home in November as he was uncomfortable with the behaviour of his housemates and their lack of respect for the COVID-19 rules.

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Q&A - How does sexual harassment in the workplace get dealt with when the workplace is home?!

Q:    When the first coronavirus lockdown began everyone in our department was asked to work from home and we have continued to do this. However, I am getting stressed because my line manager has become ‘over-friendly’, especially in one-to-one zoom meetings. His recent behaviour could even be termed ‘suggestive’. I have tried, very politely, to ward him off, but he says he is just building a close relationship with me so that he can give me a good report that will help if the firm makes redundancies. Working from home there are no witnesses, it is just my word against his. Could I record our conversations as proof?

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Q&A - Can I claim compensation for COVID restricted appointment resulting in misdiagnosis?

Q:    Due to the coronavirus pandemic my GP surgery has only offered telephone consultations since March 2020. In June I tripped over a tree root and experienced severe knee pain. When the pain had not subsided two weeks later, I got a remote GP appointment and was told to take painkillers and rest. Four weeks later it was no better, and my GP referred me for physio.

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Q&A - What is the best way for my blind neighbour to update her Will?

Q:    My elderly neighbour has macular disease and is registered blind. Her husband died and she is reliant on carers and friends helping her to deal with anything requiring sight. The other day she told me she has not updated her Will since her husband died and was worried that her estate would go to a cousin she never saw. She asked if I could write a new Will for her that she could sign, but I am not sure this would be legal. Please can you advise?

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Q&A - Can I cancel pitch and get deposit back if trade show is postponed indefinitely?

Q:    I own a small business and every year I exhibit at a major trade show. As usual I had booked a year in advance, and as usual I paid a sizeable deposit upfront for the pitch. Then COVID-19 hit us and the exhibition was postponed. The organisers contacted me and gave me a new date, but then that also was postponed. And so we have gone on.

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Two new paralegals recruited by busy law firm

Leading North Wales and Shropshire law firm, GHP Legal, has appointed two new paralegals to support teams at its Wrexham head office.

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