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…

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…

This article was written on Thursday 30 April 2020, which is Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday. Everyone at Barrett & Co wishes Captain Tom an incredibly happy birthday, and congratulates him for his incredible fundraising efforts for the NHS charities. The BBC this morning called Captain Tom the “heartbeat of the nation”. But how did…

You may have never heard of this acronym being used but it is an important one in the context of contentious probate and trust matters, especially if you are considering who will represent you. ACTAPS stands for the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists and was founded around 20 years ago with various objectives…

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has brought about monumental changes in our usual habits and behaviours and whilst the social distancing and self-isolation shielding may have helped to reduce the spread of the virus, it has also resulted in some people struggling to manage day to day tasks.  Going to the shops to buy groceries, visiting…

Covid-19 has brought with it a lot of firsts for me, with the biggest one to date being remote hearings. Having read the guidance on remote hearings, I have to admit that I was anxious about handling a remote hearing given that we would be completely reliant on technology. I can now say that I…

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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