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Why married couples need to make sure their wills are up to date – and cover all eventualities

The importance of making a will which covers ‘what if’ scenarios, like dying at the same time as your spouse or shortly after, has been highlighted by a recent court case. Alan Bailey died... Read full article

Paws for thought…. avoiding road accidents and injury with dogs and other pets

There’s no doubt that the UK is nation of animal lovers.  More than half of the adult population own a pet, according to the PDSA’s most recent Paw Report 2020, and it seems that dogs are the... Read full article

What is Contributory Negligence and what does it mean for personal injury claims?

Even when a claim is successful, a claimant can be found partially to blame for his or her own injuries and this is known by lawyers as ‘contributory negligence’.  If the Court makes a finding... Read full article

Mediation voucher scheme for separating parents

A new mediation scheme to help separating parents resolve their difficulties amicably and away from the courtroom has been welcomed by Wards Solicitors’ Family Law and Divorce team. The government... Read full article

SIPP Mis-selling – Holding the SIPP provider accountable for failed investments

A landmark decision by the Court of Appeal could be a lifeline for the many investors who have lost money as a result of bad advice from unregulated firms. Lorry driver Russell Adams was left out of... Read full article

Residential landlords – ban on tenant evictions extended again

The ban on residential evictions due to come to an end this month has been extended again until 31 May 2021. This means that no bailiff enforcement action will be allowed before that date except in... Read full article

Managing a personal injury settlement – what to consider

At Wards, we put the needs of our client’s first and that includes safeguarding our clients’ best interests before and after settlement of a claim.  In most cases, once a claimant recovers... Read full article

Made a DIY will during lockdown? Why now is a good time to get it checked

The pandemic has prompted many people, young and old, to get their affairs in order by writing a will. In a rush to get the ball rolling, growing numbers have opted for a DIY version, either going... Read full article

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
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