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Please treat the contents of our blogs as general guidance only. Please do not take any action based on their contents unless you have sought specific legal advice. Brethertons cannot accept responsibility for any errors or inaccuracies, loss or damage in circumstances where there is no formal retainer between us and we have not given you personal and specific advice relating to a matter for which you have given us full background details.  You must also bear in mind that the contents of our blogs are based on English Law, and because they contain archival material, that material is likely to go out of date. Therefore, it is important to consider the date that the blog was posted. Please also remember that the laws may differ in different Jurisdictions.

Divorce and Separation following COVID 19

Josh Russell
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Divorce is difficult for anyone in any circumstances but the strain COVID-19 has placed on married and unmarried couples is significant and with so much uncertainty surrounding employment, house prices and pension values at present, a common question we are...

I Am Getting Divorced - Why Do I Need To Make A Will?

Sally Clark
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The short answer is that everyone should have an up to date Will to ensure that their wishes are put into effect after their death. However, it is particularly important to check whether you need to make, or amend a Will when you are going through any...

Making Your Own Will - The Pitfalls of DIY and Homemade Wills

Sophie Forsyth
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It feels like a long time ago since 23 rd March when Boris Johnson announced that the country was going into lockdown. Over that period, solicitors and will writers across the country were inundated with enquiries from people who wanted to update their Will...

Supermarkets who are supporting domestic abuse victims

Liz Headley
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Spending a bit more time at home has allowed me the indulgence of watching the odd bit of daytime television, some of it being quite interesting and helpful. I have just watched part of a programme that has informed me that supermarkets have turned their...

Rising anxiety in children and how to help

Liz Headley
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In the last few weeks I have received an influx of referrals requesting I offer work to children and young people who are experiencing raised anxiety levels. This probably isn’t surprising as the Covid-19 crisis has potentially invited all of us to...

Powers of Attorney- How do I replace my Attorney?

Veronica Male
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When you make a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney you appoint the people you feel you can trust to manage your financial affairs and act in your best interests. However times change and so do some relationships. Thinking about who you have appointed...

What do I do if my child is taken by my ex-partner in lockdown?

Emma Kirkland
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We are in a very different time at the moment. A time of uncertainty, a time of worry and a time where everything we do is for protection. We are staying at home to protect ourselves and our loved ones and most of all our children. So if this is disrupted,...

Help! I want to sue my neighbour as we have a boundary dispute. What can I do?

Sioban Calcott
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Boundary disputes between neighbours are unfortunately not rare. The lockdown during the Covid crisis has seen an increase in instructions from individuals approaching lawyers complaining that the people next door are “neighbours from...

How do I keep in touch with my loved one if they are in a care home during COVID-19?

Veronica Male
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As the shops have started opening with pubs and restaurants soon to follow we all hope that we can start returning to normal but this might not be the case if your loved one is in a Care Home. During lockdown many Care Homes have taken the...

How do I resolve a boundary dispute?

Sioban Calcott
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Lawyers are often consulted by individuals who are very upset that they have become involved in the dispute with their neighbour. Some lawyers dislike acting in boundary dispute cases and give them a wide berth, while other lawyers enjoy picking through the...

Grandparent's Gloom - being a Grandparent during COVID-19

Liz Headley
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As a grandparent myself, I enjoy reading contributions to Gransnet daily. Today I was drawn to a piece written by one grandmother regarding her low mood and how she was struggling to manage isolation under Covid-19 restrictions. I am sure you will be...

How to get a Lasting Power of Attorney during the COVID-19 pandemic

Sophie Forsyth
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The current pandemic, caused by a coronavirus called Covid-19, has caused widespread problems for those who struggle to manage their own finances. People who are often able to do things with assistance, such as go to the bank or buy food, may now have to...

How to get care in your home

Veronica Male
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If you decide that you, or your loved one, need support at home in order to maintain independence you may decide to have a carer coming into the home to provide that support. Getting your care needs assessed If you do not know what help you need you can...

Protecting Your Loved Ones

Sophie Forsyth
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We are celebrating the contribution that carers make to supporting our loved ones this week. When thinking of carers many people think of adult children looking after elderly parents, but the reality is that carers come in all shapes and sizes. In fact,...

Choosing your Care Home

Veronica Male
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  Making the decision that you or your loved one can no longer be safely supported at home and need to go into a Care Home can be a difficult one. However, if you take the time to research and get to know the Care Home and what support the carers can...

Safe Space for Those Experiencing Domestic Abuse

Liz Headley
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For those who are living with an abusive partner, lockdown has provided greater opportunity for their abuser to exert even more control. As I said in a previous blog, we can’t blame lockdown as being the cause of any sort of abuse but it has provided...

Are you a Carer for someone else?

Emma Stewart
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New figures show that 4.5 million additional people are caring for others because of the pandemic, and this is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers who were already caring before the pandemic according to recent figures released for Carers Week. This...

National Carers Week - Families caring for people with dementia

Veronica Male
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This is the week that we take time to thank the carers who are supporting our loved ones. During this very difficult time whilst the country is trying to deal with COVID -19 we can see their selfless dedication putting themselves at risk to provide care for...

Domestic Abuse Helpline

Liz Headley
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I have just been watching BBC News on BBC 1 where part of the programme was dedicated to Domestic Abuse and how calls to the National Helpline run by Refuge have increased in this period of lockdown. I think it’s a good thing for society in general to...

Isolation Stories: Family Breakdowns during COVID-19

Liz Headley
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I enjoyed all four of the Isolation Stories in the series shown recently on ITV1, a couple particularly resonating with the work that I do. I have already offered my thoughts on one of the stories and would just like to consider the final episode. It told...

Covid-19 - Can an Attorney pay a relative for care?

Veronica Male
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If you are appointed as a Deputy or Attorney dealing with a relative or friend’s property and finances the effects of the Coronavirus may have impacted on their care arrangements. Paying your family members or friends for care Often the people...

Can I still see my children during lockdown?

Jemma Bryans
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COVID-19 has had a big impact on the country and we are here to provide guidance to support families and children as the situation around COVID-19 develops. The government published guidelines on staying at home and keeping a social distance away from other...

How are Brethertons providing legal services in lockdown?

Sally Clark
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The straightforward answer to that question is in the same way we have always done, being focused on our client’s needs, providing accurate and high quality legal advice and dealing promptly and efficiently with your legal requirements. The way we are...

Registering a death during the COVID-19 restrictions

Emma Stewart
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During the current restrictions, it has become much more difficult to deal with some of the aspects of bereavement that were normally done in person. At the moment, the only way to register a death is by telephone. When one of your family has died, the...

How to arrange a funeral in lockdown

Holly Pearce
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There is no question that we are in unprecedented times and it has been tough for all of us to cope with the new normal, but those of us who have lost a loved one in such difficult times have been left with questions. One of the most important questions is...

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