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September 3, 2017
Many people will at some time in their life have a friend or family member that they would consider vulnerable. This may be because of their age, a physical or mental disability, learning difficulties or a potential exposure to financial abuse. At Hewitts we understand that vulnerable people may require a greater level of care...
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The Help to Buy ISA Scheme is available through certain banks and building societies and aims to help people trying to save a deposit for their first home. Through the Scheme, the Government will boost your Help to Buy ISA savings by 25%. This applies to savings in the first month of up to £1,200,...
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You may have read in the news recently that AC/DC front man, Brian Johnson, has been advised to stop touring at the risk of going deaf. The lead singer, who has been with the band since 1980, has been diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss caused by prolonged exposure to excessive noise levels. It has...
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Deprivation of liberty safeguards apply in England and Wales through the Mental Capacity Act 2005. This Act allows restrictions on a person’s personal freedom but only if those restrictions are in that person’s best interest. If a care home or hospital intends to deprive a person of their liberty, they must request a standard authorisation...
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The Employment Appeals Tribunal recently dismissed British Gas’ appeal in the case of Lock v British Gas. The decision confirms that holiday pay must be calculated to include commission. Mr Lock worked for British Gas, and his remuneration was made up of salary and commission. He only received holiday pay in respect of his basic...
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Under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 a dependant of a person killed in an accident caused by the negligence of another can make a claim for compensation. The Act allows the following categories of people to claim:- Wife or husband or former wife/husband of the deceased The civil partner Any person who was living with...
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Whilst there are no accurate figures detailing how many of us have a Will it is believed that as many as 7 out of 10 people in the UK die without making a Will. This can leave any number of issues for the family left behind to sort out. If you die without a Will...
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On 14th October 2015 the Supreme Court redefined the law and clarified procedures in cases where a party to a marriage or a civil partnership fails to fully disclose their income or assets.  The judgment was given in Gohill and Gohill.  In Mrs Gohill’s case Mr Gohill disclosed to the Court that he only had...
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Where landlords allow their tenants to enter in to occupation of business premises prior to a lease being agreed, it is important that advice is sought at the outset and the parties enter in to an agreement as to the basis of the tenant’s occupation pre-lease. If no agreement is reached in writing, difficulties can...
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We live in a digital age. In today’s world, many of us store vast amounts of personal information online, from social media accounts, to online bank accounts, betting accounts, blogs, and even e-book and music collections. We are living more and more of our lives online. One thing that is very rarely considered however is...
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