Digital assets have a very broad definition but essentially it means an electronic record in which an individual has a right or an interest. The digital asset should be treated separately from the device on which it sits, so for example you may leave your computer to your son, but the family photos stored on…

In court cases, bundles of documents are prepared in support of each party’s argument, and made available to the other side and to the court.  Questions may sometimes arise as to the validity of the documents and paperwork submitted.   Parties will generally produce digital documents, such as bank statements, to prove that what they are…

This article is the second in a two-part series exploring the roles and responsibilities of a personal representative (“PR”).  There are 6 main duties which are being considered. This article will summarise duties 4-6. The first 3 can be found in Part 1 of the series. Duty 4: Duty to Provide Inventory and Account As…

With “Independence Day” on July 4th symbolising an end to Covid-19 lockdown, employees are still nervous about returning to work indoors. Can my employer force me to return to the office? Before coronavirus, the answer to this question would be yes. Most employment contracts require a person to be available for work at a specific…

For many separated or divorcing families, this summer period may be the first school holidays where everyone is living separately. Organising time with your family can become complicated and this can lead to tensions between parents and children alike, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The fundamental advice is that, wherever possible, do…

The liability of a personal representative (“PR”) is something which is often not discussed or considered in any great detail by those acting as executors or administrators of an estate.  Generally, people are thrown into the role of PR without prior experience and subsequently have no idea of the challenges involved. Concerningly, PRs often do…

In Part 2 of a series on Litigation and the Courts. Dispute Resolution Solicitor Chris Miller reviews some of the key procedural changes put in place to assist litigators.  As we begin to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown and start the slow journey back towards “normality”, it is likely that Court proceedings will also begin…

Lockdowns and social distancing measures have caused court closures, which will increase delays where there are already backlogs. Further disputes involving supply-chain issues, employment disputes and other commercial matters emerging from the pandemic will further increase the backlog of cases.  Courts are using video conferencing technology to conduct hearings, but another way to bypass the…

Covid-19 has brought many difficulties this year. For separated parents there may have been disagreements with current child arrangements. On 24th April 2020, Cafcass launched their co-parent hub to try to provide parents with online tools to co-parent effectively during lockdown and the ongoing future.    How does it work? Parents who wish to use…

With more and more of us now practising self-isolation and social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic, now is the perfect opportunity for you to use your time wisely at home and do things which you never had time for before.   One suggestion is that you can review your property title deeds. You may find yourself…

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