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Can employers insist on C-19 vaccinations for staff returning to work?

Can employees be prevented from attending work, or restricted in their duties, until they provide proof of vaccination and, if so, what are they entitled to be paid? This article first appeared in... Read full article

How do I register an Enduring Power of Attorney during Covid-19?

Although it is no longer possible to create a new Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA), EPAs are still perfectly legal and if properly drawn up, can be registered and used. Now the government has issued... Read full article

No more Court of Protection fees on most Child Trust Fund applications

The vast majority of parents and guardians seeking to support a young person’s future by accessing savings held in a Child Trust Fund (CTF) will no longer have to pay court fees to do so. The move... Read full article

Property law reform bringing new lease extension rights for millions of leaseholders is in sight

The government is to reform ancient leasehold laws in a bid to introduce a fairer system of home ownership in England and Wales. Legislation is planned which will allow both flat and house... Read full article

Covid vaccinations, capacity and consent in a care setting.

As the Covid-19 vaccination programme gets underway for care home residents, it is important to ensure that those residents who want the vaccine can receive it. It is also important to understand the... Read full article

Sort out your Will this new year or risk ‘pot luck’ with your estate

In a recent press interview,  Jenny Pierce, Director at Solicitors for the Elderly, and Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts at Wards Solicitors spoke to journalist Rebekah Evans at Express.co.uk... Read full article

How the parents of Caroline Flack, who died without a Will, are making sure her money goes to her favourite charities

Although TV presenter Caroline Flack did not make a Will, her grieving parents are doing their upmost to ensure the charities they know she cared about still benefit in the most tax efficient way... Read full article

Diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos but I don’t remember being exposed to it – what do I do?

You may be surprised to know that many people diagnosed with an illness caused by asbestos such as mesothelioma do not know where their asbestos exposure may have come from. Most people now recognise... Read full article

The hidden problem of abuse against the elderly

Older people today are at an increased risk of financial abuse – it’s a largely hidden crime that takes place behind closed doors but with an ever-ageing population, evidence suggests it’s a... Read full article

Employer’s guide – how do I get my essential workers tested for Covid-19?

If a member of your staff, who is deemed an essential worker, is required to self-isolate in line with Covid-19 guidance, you should refer them for testing as soon as possible. Being able to... Read full article

Why a Lasting Power of Attorney isn’t just for old people.

There’s no doubt about it, TV presenter Kate Garraway – like so many other people affected by the ongoing pandemic – has had the most awful year. Her husband, Derek Draper, remains seriously... Read full article

Advising older clients – why it pays to take specialist advice

They are among the most important decisions you will ever have to make – how to finance your later years and provide for your family when you are no longer here.  Some of us may also be... Read full article

Working from home: what are my rights as an employee?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus, widespread working from home has become the new normal for many. So, what are your legal rights as a homeworker, even if it’s only... Read full article

Making a Will – why the value of a solicitor always beats an online bargain

In the middle of a pandemic, with many of us working from home or with more time on our hands than normal, it’s hard not to notice that TV and radio advertisements for online Wills seem to be at an... Read full article

Should I include my pet in my Will?

As a nation of animal lovers, most pet owners understand that when you take on responsibility for another creature’s life that responsibility continues until their life ends. But what happens when... Read full article

Positive news for seriously injured Claimants requiring special accommodation

Some fantastic news at long last for seriously injured Claimants following a Court of Appeal judgment on 9th October 2020 in the case of Swift v Carpenter. In cases involving serious injuries... Read full article

Working from home: what are my obligations as an employer?

As the UK continues its efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19, the number of people working exclusively from home is inevitably rising. With different areas of the country going in and out of... Read full article

What is the new Job Support Scheme, and how does it work?

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, commonly known as the Furlough Scheme, will be replaced from 1 November 2020 by the Job Support Scheme. The new Scheme is designed to protect jobs... Read full article

Thinking about a post-lockdown divorce? You’re not alone

The number of couples considering divorce has increased since the Covid-19 lockdown, according to statistics from several different sources. Spending an increased amount of time together is great... Read full article

Webinar: Video Wills – how do they work?

BOOK YOUR PLACE  Join BRACE & Wards Solicitors to find out about the new option of video Wills. Thurs 15 October 2020 14:00 – 15:00  Free to attend About this event Due to Covid-19, the... Read full article
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