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Gaining possession of a privately rented property let on an assured shorthold tenancy   What is an assured shorthold tenancy (AST)? Your tenancy agreement is likely to be an AST if you are a private landlord, the tenancy began on or after 28.02.1997 and the house or flat is let as a separate accommodation and...
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Fireworks and the Law As we approach Bonfire Night, the night sky is brought alive by the vibrant explosions of noise and colour, but as always, lurking in the background is a risk that failing to deal with fireworks safely and responsibly can bring you to the attention of the police. Retailers who are thinking...
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Hewitts are proud to have to have achieved the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme mark which means that we have met the high standards and integrity required and will provide high quality will drafting and estate administration services. As a result of obtaining this as a client you can expect the following:- we...
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A Supreme Court ruling in August of 2018 put pressure on the Government to change its rules in relation to bereavement benefits. The partner of the applicant, Mrs. McCloughlin who is the mother of 4 children, was refused Widows Parents Allowance on the death of her partner with whom she had cohabited for 23 years. ...
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The Government is being urged to make legal aid available to bereaved families to be represented at Coroner’s Inquests. Legal aid is currently only available in exceptional circumstances. High profile cases such as the inquests arising from the Hillsborough disaster have highlighted the unfairness of bereaved families struggling for representation when facing hospitals, police and...
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No one plans to be injured, but unfortunately in our fast paced and busy modern day lives, accidents and injuries do happen on a daily basis. Those who suffer needless harm as a result of another’s failure to take proper care should not have to suffer any further or lose out financially as a result....
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Among the many duties that an Executor carries is the duty to make full use of all the relevant reliefs that an estate is entitled to. If too much tax is paid by an estate then the beneficiaries of an estate may be able to make a claim against an Executor. HMRC will expect an...
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The Government has recently signaled reform of divorce laws by removing the element of fault. Divorce is a very difficult and stressful situation to have to go through; and can be made worse when the parties involved seek to blame each other for the breakdown of their relationship. Justice Secretary David Gauke confirmed his intention that couples...
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Is there a specific offence? Until now the only specific offence has been that of assaulting a police officer. This is a summary only offence which carries a maximum of 6 months imprisonment. There has always been an option to charge an offender with more serious offences, such as actual or grievous bodily harm, if...
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Sir James Munby, retired President of the Family Division, recently highlighted the problems with accessing justice within the Court system. He suggested that members of the public should be asked whether they want to physically attend court or talk to the judge over video link instead. Munby explained how his nearest family court is twenty...
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