As lockdown continues to be eased, there are various reasons why you may be looking to take employees off furlough. You have more work than you had initially predicted or you need temporary cover for anyone who has become ill or needs to self-isolate. You may even be looking to implement a phased return in…

In the first of a two part series, Litigation Solicitor Chris Miller looks at how the civil Courts are continuing to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.  The effects of the ongoing coronavirus are being felt in every corner of society, and the Courts and tribunals of the UK are no exception. Although the UK has…

Most people will be aware that if Inheritance Tax is payable in an estate, then the Executors have to arrange payment. However, not everybody appreciates that an Executor is personally liable to pay the Inheritance Tax in an estate. HMRC require the Executors, or Administrators, of an estate to report accurately, all the assets and…

“Live as though you will die tomorrow, but farm as though you will live forever.” – John Marsden “…But always remember that you might not.” – Martin Reynolds Readers are (or should be) already familiar with me urging owners and directors of companies to consider creating Lasting Powers of Attorney so that the continued running…

Many of us watched the Prime Minister’s statement last Sunday (10th May 2020), which indicated a relaxation to the lockdown provisions, for some employers in certain areas in the country. One of the boosts that we are now likely to see is in the housing market as, from Wednesday 13th May, anyone in England can…

If you have lost someone close to you during this pandemic then, like me, you may find it particularly difficult hearing the statistics on the news about the number of deaths from COVID-19 and the number of new cases. To us, it has nothing to do with numbers, and everything to do with losing that…

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…

Many people choose to include simple funeral wishes within their Will.  If you have detailed wishes, we recommend that you write a Letter of Instruction to cover the type and detail of the service that you would want. Some people also list the hymns and/or music to be played. In a Will, funeral instructions are…

Strict rules have been in place surrounding signing and witnessing Wills in England and Wales, since 1837, primarily to protect the vulnerable and to prevent fraudulent Wills. The legislation in the Wills Act 1837 stipulates that a valid Will must be signed by the person making the Will, and their signature must be witnessed by…

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