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Protecting our elderly and vulnerable

Posted 06 January 2017 by Wendy Brighton

Several cases have come to my attention recently where, generally our older folk have been caused a great deal of stress and upset by unwanted intrusions into their homes or lives. This is sometimes by telephone calls, sometimes letters or their own genuine requests for information which then leaves them vulnerable to pressure sales techniques selling them high priced goods which they do not really want. Over the telephone there can be callers who are actively seeking to get bank details so as to take money from accounts- often the police do warn the general public when a particular scam ...

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Will the ‘blame game’ ever end?

Posted 06 January 2017 by Dawn Pennell

Will the ‘blame game’ ever end?  Dawn Pennell of Capron & Helliwell solicitors considers the possibility of the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce. Unfortunately, I am old enough to remember Baroness Hale first introducing the concept of a ‘no-fault’ style divorce some twenty or so years ago.  I attended training for the anticipated changes but, in the event, it did not make it on to the Statute book with MPs rejecting the idea. On 13th October last year the MP Richard Bacon put forward a motion to Parliament which shines the spotlight on ...

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The Potential Problems of DIY Wills

Posted 01 September 2016 by Richard Tinkler

If you’re going to make a Will, I can’t emphasise how important it is to have it done properly. Naturally, I would of course recommend seeing a solicitor to ensure you receive the proper advice when making a Will and to ensure all the relevant clauses are included in the Will. You also have the peace of mind that your solicitor is insured and regulated. When a Will is not made correctly, the intentions of the person making the Will (‘the testator’) may not be carried out at all or wishes could be misinterpreted if there ambiguities in the wording of the Will. Making ...

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Alternatives to Court when Trying to Resolve Matters after Separation

Posted 01 September 2016 by Dawn Pennell

Dawn Pennell of Capron & Helliwell solicitors considers the alternatives to Court when trying to resolve matters after separation Alternatives to Court include attending mediation, dealing with your matter in a collaborative way or having it referred to arbitration. Mediation is a voluntary process. A trained mediator guides you and your partner through discussions to ultimately reach agreement. While going through the mediation process it is sensible to take legal advice too. Agreements are not legally binding but are usually converted into a Court Order so that they become binding a...

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