News archive: November 2021

  • Posted on November 30, 2021
    A secret trust can be a useful way of leaving a gift in your will if you do not wish the details of that gift to become public knowledge. Historically, secret trusts were used by those wishing to pass assets to extra-marital partners or illegitimate children without revealing the relationships to the immediate family.
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  • Posted on November 26, 2021
    We are pleased to announce that the Domestic Abuse Drop in Centre is now fully open and able to meet people face to face following the recent restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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  • Posted on November 18, 2021
    If you are planning to appoint a new director to work in your business who will also acquire shares in your company then, as well as drawing up a directors service agreement to govern their employment, you will also need to consider whether you need to make any changes to your current shareholder agreement.
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  • Posted on November 10, 2021
    Commercial landlords rely on insurance to cover the cost of repairing damage to their investment property beyond normal wear and tear, and business tenants expect a rent holiday if they cannot use their premises.

    Many commercial landlords and tenants, whose premises were forced to close because of Covid-19, had an unwelcome surprise when they found themselves with no loss of rent insurance cover and no tenant rent cesser.
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  • Posted on November 5, 2021
    If your business finds out that it agreed to enter a commercial contract based on factual or legal statements that now turn out to be untrue, what can you do? It may be possible for you to bring the contract to an end and to claim compensation for any losses that you have sustained.
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  • Posted on November 5, 2021
    If you cannot reach an agreement with your former partner about arrangements for your children, one of you may apply to the family court for an independent decision. The courts have a wide range of powers in deciding where a child should live and how often they should see each of their parents. In most cases, a court will want to preserve a relationship between a child and both of their parents, even if it recognises that one parent’s behaviour is far from ideal.
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  • Posted on November 4, 2021
    According to Care UK, three million people in the UK are juggling work with unpaid caring for disabled, seriously ill, or older loved ones. NHS England reports that carers are twice as likely to have poorer physical and mental health than those without caring responsibilities and it is important that employers recognise this risk.
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  • Posted on November 1, 2021
    A home buyer on an internet forum asked, ‘What is the pettiest thing your seller has removed?’ Most replies are light-hearted: a loo roll holder, the curtain rails, a basketball hoop from above the garage door. Some tell a different story of buyers moving in and discovering missing kitchen units or damage from ripped out features. Others tell of an attic stuffed full of junk.
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