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Wills Act amended to allow witnesses virtually

Posted on 28th July 2020 in Probate & Wills

During lockdown there has been talk that the age-old rules of how a Will must be signed might be expanded to include witnesses playing their role remotely. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has now confirmed that the Wills Act 1837 will be amended to allow witnesses to be present “virtually” by way of a video link.  

Posted by

Lucy Lamb

Solicitor

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Can Wills be witnessed virtually?

Posted on 22nd July 2020 in Probate & Wills

During lockdown we have all had to adapt our ‘normal’ way of doing things to deal with the changes. The same has been true of the process of witnessing Wills, with many of our colleagues having to help act as witnesses through windows, in gardens and even in drive-by meetings.

Posted by

Gráinne Staunton

Partner and Solicitor

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Watchdog looks into safety incidents in hospitals and the number of babies with GBS

Posted on 20th July 2020 in Medical Negligence

An investigation by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB), a national safety watchdog, has revealed that babies are at risk of dying from common treatable infections because NHS staff on maternity wards are not following national guidance, and are too short-staffed and overworked.

Posted by

Endurance Arthur

Partner and Solicitor

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Can I claim back Inheritance Tax if I sell a property for less?

Posted on 17th July 2020 in Later Life Planning

According to a recent report, another result of the Coronavirus pandemic will be falling markets and a decrease in house prices. Which will have an affect not just on those looking to buy and sell their own homes, but also Executors and Administrators of estates for family or friends that have sadly passed.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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Rural housing associations and their impact on local communities

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Rural communities have felt the impact of Coronavirus and lockdown often more dramatically than more urbanised areas. With local businesses being the main focus point for employment and community, the loss of income and closing of them has hit local people the hardest.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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Land Registry planning to accept electronic signatures

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Nearly two decades after the technology was approved in legislation, HM Land Registry has revealed plans to accept digital signatures to execute deeds.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Start on site date extended by 12 months by Homes England

Posted on 10th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

Robert Jenrick Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government announced this week that the deadline by which start on site must occur in order for grant to be successfully claimed under the Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme (SOAHP) is to be extended by 12 months from end of March 2022 to end of March 2023.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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How the Green Homes Grant effects social housing

Posted on 09th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

The Green Homes Grant scheme sees the Government plan to provide households with up to £5,000 from September to make their homes more environmentally friendly.

Posted by

Deborah Black

Partner and Solicitor

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Charitable gifts in Wills

Posted on 08th July 2020 in Probate & Wills

After many years of increasing, charitable gifts in Wills are now apparently in decline.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Associate and Solicitor

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SDLT “Holiday” announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Posted on 08th July 2020 in Affordable Housing

On 8 July 2020 Chanceller Rishi Sunak announced a temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) threshold for residential property applicable to property transactions.

Posted by

Stephen Burtchaell

Partner and Solicitor

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Social Housings recovery plans

Posted on 03rd July 2020 in Affordable Housing

In a speech on 30th June Boris Johnson launched his ‘build, build, build’ approach to social and economic recovery included a significant focus on housing.

Posted by

Catriona Yates

Associate and Solicitor

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Why social housing is more than just housing

Posted on 01st July 2020 in Affordable Housing, Coronavirus Pandemic

Now, more than ever, it is vital that the progress made into tackling housing requirements is maintained as the effects of Coronavirus will likely have left more people in housing need.

Posted by

Catriona Yates

Associate and Solicitor