It is not well known that in different areas of England & Wales specific searches that are required when purchasing property to ensure that no damage will occur to the property in the future. Traditionally in coal mining areas, coal searches are carried out but it is less well known that in other areas of(…)
A number of recent test cases have put before the court the issue of how far a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney can go in its instructions to the attorneys and what they can ask them to do. A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare appoints someone to make decisions on(…)
Recently there appears to have been a change in favour of employers when tribunals are looking at the award of costs in employment tribunal cases. The cost of defending employment tribunal cases is a common source of complaint and annoyance among employers as in most cases, employers cannot recover their legal costs even if they(…)
The intestacy rules are rules set by the government which determine who will inherit from an estate when the deceased left no Will. In some cases, an individual’s wishes might the same as set out by the intestacy rules and we often get asked what the point of making a Will is if their wishes(…)
At Brearleys Solicitors we like to give back to the communities we work among and support local charities. This year our Brighouse office are again working with Overgate Hospice by participating in Make a Will Fortnight. Make an appointment with us to make a will as part of the scheme between 8th October and 19th(…)
The government have consulted independent legal experts to sweep away the current uncertainty surrounding the legality of electronic signatures. The government have published early conclusions which make it clear that electronic signatures can now be used on formal contracts in English law. The commission has also laid out possible steps which could boost business by(…)
The ongoing issue of funding care in later life is one that receives much discussion and media coverage. Figures in 2016/2017 suggested the shortfall for care was in the region of 17.7 billion. Those that have worked hard all their life and paid tax throughout feel that it is unfair that the cost of care(…)
References are often asked for in job applications. There is usually no legal obligation upon an employer to provide a reference to an employee. Employers who do give references must make them fair and accurate and employers who ask for references must handle them fairly and consistently. A reference gives important information to a potential(…)
More people are taking out Lasting Powers of Attorney to allow Attorneys to act on their behalf in relation to their Financial and Welfare decisions, if in the future they are unable to act for themselves. Investigations by the Office of the Public Guardian (“OPG”) into the actions of Attorneys are on the rise. One(…)
Mrs H visited her local Tesco’s to do some shopping and as she walked down the greeting cards aisle she slipped on some plant material which had been left on the floor and not cleaned up by Tesco staff. Mrs H suffered an injury to her back and her toe as a result of her(…)
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