Can I leave money to my pet in my Will? YourVirtualSolicitor© answers the question.

YourVirtualSolicitor© Can I leave money to my pet in my Will? A question we’re often asked. Catherine Crabtree, one of our Private Client Solicitors explains the answer in plain English.  

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Mortgage holidays, what is the true costs?

Figures calculated by L&C Mortgages suggest that the mortgage breaks that have been taken by 1.6m homeowners because of the COVID-19 pandemic, could cost them at least £821m in extra interest. The figures suggest that a three-month mortgage payment holiday will, on average, save homeowners £2,256 over the period. But they will end up paying […]

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Air pollution scores to be made widely available

Homebuyers and renters will be able to check air pollution scores for the first time this week. The property portal, SearchSmartly, will display air pollution scores on every home that they advertise. Plans for all homes, to be rented or sold, through estate agents are expected to follow suit. Poor air quality has become more […]

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The impact of the coronavirus on jobs: a fifth of employers look set to make redundancies

A fifth of employers are planning to make staff redundant over the next three months, according to research by the CIPD and recruiter Adecco. The research also revealed that 15% expected to cut salaries and 29% looked likely to reduce bonuses. The figures are at the lowest levels since the CIPD survey began 15 years […]

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YourVirtualSolicitor© Can your Will be witnessed during lockdown?

That was the question asked, and one of our Private Client Solicitors, Jayshree Patel answers it below: https://youtu.be/9DJQXYm_29M Don’t forget to email us your legal questions about Wills, Inheritance Tax and LPAs to enquiry@thomasdunton.co.uk

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Furlough scheme may last until September

Plans to extended the furlough scheme until the end of  September look likely. The extension will potentially see monthly pay outs to furloughed staff fall from 80% to 60%.  At present the scheme is estimated to cost approximately £61bn a month. Furloughed staff who are returning to work part-time will also have their wages ‘topped […]

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Business rates revaluation postponed

The Government’s website has just announced that the revaluation of business rates has been postponed and will no longer take place in 2021. The full article can be found here:  

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The UK Furlough payment scheme looks set to be reduced

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has started to plan a trimming of the furlough scheme. One suggestion would be to reduce the 80% wage subsidy to 60%. Another would be to allow some furloughed staff to work, but with a smaller taxpayer subsidy. If the scheme continues, the government will spend as much on furloughing as […]

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Your Virtual Solicitor – Our short and snappy legal burst video responses to the latest questions….

Riaz Munir answers the questions that we’ve received from the general public this week: Can an executor be a beneficiary? https://youtu.be/vCly36XUukU And can you make your own Will? (And we didn’t actually say No!) https://youtu.be/0C8YDWXDcl4

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The NHS faces compensation claims linked to COVID-19

As the NHS battles against the coronavirus, it is reported that they may find themselves with compensation claims because of the virus. Families of NHS staff who lost their lives to the virus because of a lack of PPE and people whose care was curtailed because of the pandemic are thought to be amongst those […]

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