With regard to making Powers of Attorney, this is best done as soon as possible. If you have not appointed an Attorney and you become unable to look after your affairs through; illness, an accident or old age, then your loved ones will have no legal right to look after you in the way you would like, even if you have informally expressed your wishes without having to make a complex and costly application to the Court of Protection.
A Will is a legally binding document that outlines what you want to happen to your estate when you pass away, who should benefit and how.
Subject Access Requests are nothing new and have been part of the Data Protection Act 1988 (DPA) since it was formed. In line with GDPR going live, from 25 May 2018 a new Subject Access Request regime will come in to force with changes being made to the current format.
With the deadline for submitting gender pay gap reports fast approaching, stories relating to the gender pay gap are featuring heavily in the news, almost daily. For firms that meet the criteria, it is a legal requirement to submit the appropriate data in time. Lawson-West’s employment team can help to advise you on how to submit your data as well as advising on other areas of mandatory reporting you must carry out to protect your organisation against any unnecessary fines.
At Lawson-West our Family Law team deal with a variety of cases that vary in complexity and cost. The following case study is based on a separation where one party earns considerably more than the other, it looks at what factors are important when considering the division of matrimonial assets and in this case, how they are divided.
With the first school holiday of 2018 having already taken place, and the Easter break approaching quickly, many parents may be planning their next holiday with their children. But, when parents have separated this may not be an easy task. Consideration needs to be given to how much time the children will spend with each parent which can often lead to disagreements.
Approaching your employer when you have been suffering with endometriosis is a daunting prospect. Apart from coping with the pain itself, getting across what you are actually suffering from can be difficult, if not impossible.
Starting at the beginning is the best option so you understand the condition and can then help your employer to understand too.
These days, Wills and Estate Planning is about much more than simply ‘who do I wish to inherit once I’m no longer around’. There is a lot to think about, and it can often involve some tough decisions. At Lawson-West, we understand this, and have tailored our Wills and our procedures to what we feel is important to our clients.
So what does having a Will with Lawson-West mean?
MEES (short for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) originate from the Energy Act 2011. They help the Government in meeting carbon reduction targets. The better the insulation and heating systems, the less amount of heating and energy will be required and therefore, reducing the carbon footprint.
If you own a business or shares in a business, then you might wish to consider planning now and writing your Will in a tax efficient manner to help minimise Inheritance Tax.
There are several ways you can beat Inheritance Tax by giving away assets, setting up a trust or changing your Will. Make sure you pay close attention to the legal details and tax consequences and if you are unsure of anything, one of Lawson West's Wills and Probate solicitors can help you out.
Britain has been thrown into complete chaos as the 'Beast from the East' together with Storm Emma continues to cause havoc across much of the country. With many people unable to get to work, what impact does the adverse weather have on an employee's rights?
At Lawson-West our Employment team are extremely knowledgeable about employee's rights, so if you need advice about the disruptions the weather has caused you, contact us today and find out how we can help.
The annual update to employment tribunal limits has been released and from 6 April 2018 will increase.
Our employment team at Lawson-West have dealt with many employment tribunals in the past and have a vast amount of knowledge to be able to advise you on how to make a claim successfully.
The latest and seemingly final edition of the long running battle between Gary Smith and Pimlico Plumbers was deliberated in the Supreme Court last week. For a breakdown of the preceding Court of Appeal decision see here: http://www.lawson-west.co.uk/articles/pimlico-plumbers-b0576a93-ee94-4d10-b75c-f58aedc8eb8d. The finding of worker status was based on the lack of an effective right to substitution and the level of control that was exerted by Pimlico.
If you are a tenant in a former council property that has been transferred to housing association ownership, or a council tenant, you may be eligible to purchase your home at a discounted rate. Known as Right to Buy.