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The pitfalls of consumer contracts

For those of you who have domestic customers there is a piece of legislation which is little known but of great significance. These are the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. These Regulations apply where the contract is entered into off your business premises, often the home of the consumer. Failure to comply with the Regulations can have dire financial consequences for […]

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Father’s rights

The issue of a father’s rights to see his children regularly hits the headlines. Many parents who separate agree between them who their children will live and when the children will see the other parent. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to agree, especially when emotions are running high in the breakdown of a relationship. A common question asked during a divorce process from worried […]

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What are your rights as a non-biological parent?

As it is increasingly common for couples to divorce and remarry, the likelihood of a step-parent becoming involved in the upbringing of the child is extremely high. Parental rights for a step-parent are often unclear, especially if the relationship with the child’s parent has ended. It is only natural to develop parental instincts when spending a large portion of time in a child’s upbringing. However, […]

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Can Wills be witnessed virtually?

Following a recent BBC article it is now suggested that very soon Wills can be made and witnessed online in England and Wales. But, is it right that the Ministry of Justice will allow Wills to be witnessed remotely? During lockdown we have had to adapt and change our ‘normal’ way of doing things. Lots of people have turned to video conferencing software as a communication […]

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What is a No-Fault Divorce?

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill has finally reached the end of its parliamentary journey. However, although the ‘no fault divorce’ bill has been passed through the House of Commons, it will return to the House of Lords to consider an amendment before receiving Royal Assent. Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland has said that they are looking to work towards the bill coming into force in […]

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The 5 Grounds for Divorce

Coming to the decision that your marriage/civil partnership has come to an end is not an easy time for anyone.  During this time of heightened emotion you will also be faced with the difficulties of the practicalities of the divorce procedure itself and the financial implications of the separation. Here at PGM Solicitors we have a highly experienced family law department who appreciate that each and every client will face a […]

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Flexible Furlough

From the 1 July, as part of the Governments plan to re-open the UK and kick-start our economy, employers can now bring furloughed employees back to work, while still being able to claim under the CJRS for the hours not worked. The new arrangement is known as ‘flexible furlough’. It is important that employers agree on any new flexible arrangements with the employee and confirm […]

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What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? How do I make one?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint a nominated person(s) to make decisions on your behalf.  There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA): Health & Welfare Property & Financial Affairs A Health & Welfare Power of Attorney can only be used by your attorney if you have lost mental capacity and are no longer able to […]

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DIY Wills and the hidden risks

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it might not be possible to […]

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Job Loss & Employment Law Advice

These are worrying times for all of us. The natural feelings of uncertainty will, of course be made worse for the many people who have just lost their jobs. Fears of financial difficulty are piled upon worries for your own health and the health of loved ones. All this can be a distraction, but distractions can lead to even greater problems. The general rule is […]

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