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Nicola O’Dwyer Apr 2021

DO YOU NEED TO OFFER ENHANCED SHARED PARENTAL LEAVE PAY?

When shared parental leave was introduced in 2015, one of the concerns was whether an employer would need to offer enhanced shared parental leave pay if the employer provided enhanced adoption and/or maternity leave pay.

Liz Dalgetty Apr 2021

Getting a joint account with children will not get around an LPA

Someone approached me recently and said they’d been thinking about some later life planning - always music to my ears. However, this individual said they didn’t feel ready for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and neither did their son, and asked if a joint bank account would instead provide an alternative solution. On the surface, this seemed acceptable, but from a legal perspective, it could prove to be a minefield.

Liz Dalgetty Mar 2021

The Universal fraudsters strike again - but it could be possible to recover assets

Way back in 2018, we reported the case of Universal Wealth - a company owned by Melanie and Steve Long, who faced fraud charges after they set up a scheme designed to avoid paying care fees and simplify the administration of an estate. Instead, all it did was leave people out of pocket.

Gemma Taylor Mar 2021

Could the UK housing market see strong growth in coming years?

Property prices have continued to climb during the pandemic and many industry experts are wondering if market conditions are sustainable post-Covid. Early signs show that despite a stall in 2021, there are brighter skies ahead. 

Liz Dalgetty Mar 2021

The Kate Garraway story that brought home the reality of planning ahead

If you were one of many who turned in to Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway's heart-breaking story about her husband's battle with Coronavirus, like me, you were probably sympathising with Kate and admiring her for her honesty. However, I think this has made us think about the need to plan ahead and about our own circumstances and how we would cope in similar circumstances.

Nicola O’Dwyer Mar 2021

Domestic Abuse in the Workplace

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy undertook a report into domestic abuse and the workplace. The report identified that the number of domestic abuse cases had increased during the pandemic and that 1 in 5 victims of domestic abuse had time off work. Sadly, research found that few employers were able to identify the signs of domestic abuse and/or had policies or procedures available to help support survivors.

Liz Dalgetty Mar 2021

Will the new digital LPA service help or hinder vulnerable people?

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched a new service last year for digital Lasting Power of Attorneys (LPAs), designed to speed things up by turning paper-heavy processes into newer online services. However, whilst the system will be a welcome reform, we must make sure it still protects vulnerable people from financial abuse.

Liz Dalgetty Mar 2021

Financial fraud is on the rise - attorneys need to be vigilant

Lockdown has been hard for many, but criminals have been cashing in like never before - so now it is more important than ever to stay on our guard.

Julian Harvey Mar 2021

The Spring Budget 2021: A Summary

As the UK eagerly tuned in to the most anticipated Budget for a generation, many were left wondering what the Chancellor’s traditional “rabbit out of a hat” might contain - especially as several big measures had been announced beforehand.

Gemma Taylor Feb 2021

Speculation that the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday/reduction could be extended

Ahead of next week’s Budget, it looks like the Chancellor has answered calls to extend the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday deadline for three more months until the end of June, according to an interview the Times has published with Mr Sunak.

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