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Coronavirus, Strange Times for Wills – Naomi Pinder

Last week I went to London to spend time with my son and his family, two gorgeous little girls, the elder has just started calling me Nana and giving me big hugs and kisses! Delightful and such a blessing to me. I had intended staying for the week, but I came home early once “They” started talking about a...
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A Secret Garden, aka Trusts and Leases! Naomi Pinder

There is a scene in the film Notting Hill when Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts seek access to a hidden communal garden secreted away in the middle of London mansions.  I thought it was all so romantic, so I was intrigued to be instructed in relation to another hidden s...
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New Rules about who inherits if you die without a Will (Intestacy)

If a person dies after 6th February without leaving a valid Will and leaves a lawful spouse or civil partner and children, the spouse or civil partner inherits £270,000 of the estate and the balance above this figure is divided in half and the spouse or civil partner receives half of the balance a...
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Planning For Your Pet After You Have Passed Away

I have a black and white cat called Sam and he means the world to me, I’m not on my own and many of us love our pets, they provide comfort and love, but what happens to them after we have died?   The law treats pets as “chattels” instead of the living, breathing companions who live with us an...
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90% Of Customers Satisfied With Solicitors’ Service

The results of the biggest ever survey of legal needs (28,633 participants, data collected by YouGov in February and March 2019) has shown that 90% of people who had used a solicitor were satisfied with the service they received.    This is excellent news...
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Following a recent asbestos case in High Court*, Claimants are now able to claim for the costs of caring for a loved one in a hospice from the former employers who are responsible for the asbestos injury. This case was brought by the daughters of James Wilson, who died at the age of 75 from mesothelioma (a...
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Asbestos Dumped on Public Highway

Asbestos was found on the side of a country lane near Cotehill, Carlise. Health and Safety Experts were called to the quarry entrance on Armathaite Road to deal with the corrugated asbestos roof sheets. They stated it was clear that whoever left the extremely dangerous waste knew it contained asbestos as it w...
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Turin – the Largest Asbestos Trial Ever

Monday 13th, February 2012. The Eternit trial and verdict: the essence.   A VERDICT OF HISTORIC IMPORTANCE   Stephan Schmidheiny (65) used to be the owner of the Swiss-Belgian industrial group Eternit (ETEX), which was in turn a major shareholder of the Italian subsidiary of Eternit between 1976...
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Daventry firm fined after exposing staff to chemicals

A chemical manufacturing company from Daventry has been fined for exposing its employees to a range of hazardous chemicals.   One member of staff, a 46-year-old despatch officer, was diagnosed with occupational asthma and rhinitis after handling a variety of toxic substances, mainly in liquid form, tha...
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