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Has your business suffered financial loss as a result of Covid-19?

As the impact of Covid-19 continues to spread, we are seeing some businesses incur significant financial losses. Furthermore, as the spread of the virus continues we observe that insurers do not... Read full article

FOS award limits increased to £355,000 from 1 April 2020

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed an annual increase to the award limits of the Financial Ombudsman Service. The Financial Ombudsman Service (“FOS”) is a free service which... Read full article

Wards Solicitors welcomes reopening of the property market

The property market in England is set to reopen following the Government’s announcement that lockdown rules for estate agents, home buyers and sellers are being lifted. From today (Wednesday 13... Read full article

Administering an estate during the COVID-19 crisis

Suffering a bereavement is incredibly difficult at the best of times, but having to also deal with the administration of that person’s estate can be extremely daunting, especially during the... Read full article

Coronavirus: the Government has no immediate plans to reform strict Will signing formalities

The coronavirus outbreak has focused the minds of many with regard to ensuring their affairs are in order. Making a Will is one way to ensure your wishes are properly recorded and that your loved... Read full article

Will the Court of Protection deal with my case during Covid-19?

Will the Court of Protection deal with my case during Covid-19? The Court of Protection has jurisdiction over the property, financial affairs and personal welfare of people who lack mental capacity... Read full article

Are you a residential tenant?

As a tenant of private accommodation, you might be entitled to terminate your tenancy on the basis of frustration or suspend payment of rent, due to the current pandemic. Prior to getting in touch... Read full article

Mental capacity and Covid-19

What happens when a patient who lacks capacity has coronavirus and decisions need to be made? It is important to point out that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 was not amended by the recent emergency... Read full article

Lockdown and invalid Wills

One of the most common issues clients ask us to look at, when someone has died, is whether a Will affecting them is actually valid. Far and away the most common challenge is that the person who made... Read full article

Wills and LPA – Covid-19 Guidance

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues, we have understandably seen an increase in enquiries from people worried about making their wills and powers of attorney.  Making a will is one... Read full article

We are unmarried but our relationship has broken down…..what are my next steps?

During these difficult times relationships are under even more pressure than usual. We often see a rise in enquiries following the Christmas period when families have spent a great deal of time... Read full article

Update on New Coronavirus Criminal Powers – Individuals

What are the new rules? Subject to further review, no person may leave their home without reasonable excuse. The exceptions have now been clarified as: To obtain basic necessities such as food,... Read full article

Employers – get ready for important legal changes this April

The world news may be consumed with COVID-19 at the moment, but there are a number of important employment law changes set to happen this spring. Here’s our list of developments that businesses... Read full article

Coronavirus – what are your rights to time off and sick pay?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to develop, the UK is beginning to see significant disruption to travel, public events and the economy. For employees, there are a number of important issues to... Read full article

Will Trusts – making sure you appoint the right trustees

So you’ve made a Will and decided to include a Will Trust as the best way to protect your assets for those you are leaving behind? The next step is to choose your trustees and crucially, write a... Read full article

Will Trusts – should you consider one?

The evolving nature of modern day life means more and more people are now choosing to include a trust in their Will. This is due to a number of factors including an increasingly affluent older... Read full article

Islamic faith marriage alone not valid under English law

An Islamic couple who marked their wedding with a traditional ‘nikah’ ceremony but without a civil service were never legally married, the Court of Appeal has decided in a landmark case. It ruled... Read full article

He told me to keep his money or give it away says brother of man who died without a Will

The chaos you can leave behind when you die without a Will has been graphically illustrated by a recent case at the High Court. Mick Ivory died in November 2018 and, according to his brother Peter,... Read full article

Uncaring daughter’s attempt to overturn mother’s Will fails in High Court

A mother whose daughter showed ‘very little care for her’ had every right to leave her virtually nothing in her Will, the High Court has ruled. Maudlin Bascoe left a note with her Will which made... Read full article

Can my employer force me to retire?

It’s no longer legal for an employer to make you retire at 65, or any other age, unless it can objectively prove there is a real business need for you to do so. However, as the recent case of an... Read full article
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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Wards Solicitors continues to be operational during this time, including for new business and new clients.  To comply with government guidance, our eleven branches are closed to the public but our fee earner teams are working remotely, to ensure that we continue to provide excellent client service.

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Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team.  Alternatively, please telephone the branch most convenient to you during normal office hours or email info@wards.uk.com  at any time. Emails to this address are being regularly monitored and forwarded to the correct person and we will respond to you as soon as possible.   It may take a little longer than usual for our phones to be answered so please bear with us.

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