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In a case where reasonable financial provision has not been made, the Inheritance Act enables the court to vary the distribution of the deceased’s estate for certain family members and dependants. A recent report has found that the number of Wills and probate disputes making their way to HM Courts and Tribunals system increased by 6% in 2018. Whilst research...
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The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring will go live in the South East, South West and Wales by April 2019. There...
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Japanese Knotweed can be a thorn in a homeowner’s side.  The plant can appear as small as 3cm tall and halt your house sale, stopping the purchase of your brand new home in its tracks.  If a valuation  detects the presence of Japanese Knotweed or such a fact is disclosed during the conveyancing process, a...
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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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It is good news that we are all living longer, but this can present fresh challenges when it comes to the issue of capacity and caring for our loved ones. It can be the case that the parent/child relationship reverses and it can be difficult to help a loved one with their finances or health...
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New domestic abuse sentencing guidelines first published on the 22nd February 2018 are due to come into force next month. The guidelines will give the courts up to date guidance emphasising the seriousness of this type of offending. The guidelines identify the principles relevant to the sentencing of cases involving domestic abuse, outline how the...
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When advising clients about matrimonial assets within divorce proceedings, they often don’t realise Pensions form part of those assets. It can be the case that one person may have a modest pension, or even no pension at all, compared to their former spouse, especially when one person has given up their career or had gaps...
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There were changes to legal aid in recent years which prevented individuals from accessing justice. It would appear that this matter may be reconsidered and MPs are urging for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) to be reviewed. The changes to legal aid impacted on family legal assistance. It is hoped...
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Over the last four years Hewitts have committed to the development and learning of young people by employing over twenty people aged 16 to 18 years on an apprenticeship scheme. During their one year apprenticeship they have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills in both business administration and accounts. Twelve of those apprentices...
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In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl. Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5...
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