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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - December 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hethertons Solicitors newswire for you and your family, which is designed to keep you up to date with what is happening within our firm, alongside our latest service developments and changes in legislation.

Hethertons Solicitors has been providing advice to families and individuals in and around York and North Yorkshire for more than 70 years. Despite our long and illustrious history, we are a forward-thinking firm, which prides itself on providing a highly personalised service to clients. 

We hope you enjoy reading our latest newswire and find it informative.

  Government set to review Grandparents legal rights


Government ministers are considering changing children laws that would give grandparents a legal right to see their grandchildren after a family split.

Justice Minister Lucy Frazer has agreed to review the rules to consider how grandchildren can maintain contact with grandparents after parental separation following pressure from MPs and campaign groups.

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Millions of Brits unsure where to start when it comes to writing a Will


A new study has revealed that a staggering 5.4 million UK adults are ‘completely perplexed’ by Wills and ‘would not know where to start’ if they wanted to write one.

The research, which was carried out by insurer Royal London and surveyed a large sample of people all across the country, found that more than half (54 per cent) of adult respondents did not have a Will. For parents that figure was slightly higher, at 59 per cent.

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Hundreds of thousands of Britons yet to claim LPA fee refunds


A Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed that hundreds of thousands of Britons who were previously overcharged for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) registration fees have not yet claimed the refunds they are entitled to.

Earlier in the year, the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) revealed that around 1.8 million UK adults who had been overcharged would be able to apply for refunds, which would range from £37 to £108 depending on their circumstances.

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  HM Land Registry moves to raise awareness of property fraud


In recent weeks, HM Land Registry has been trying to raise awareness of property and conveyancing fraud in an effort to ensure homeowners don’t get caught out.

Using email newsletters and other marketing materials, the Land Registry has been encouraging homebuyers and homeowners to protect themselves from all eventualities by making sure they are aware of the warning signs of fraud.

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Government set to introduce biggest workplace reform in 20 years


The Government are set to introduce workplace reforms that are likely to offer more protection to employees on zero hour contracts, agency workers or gig economy workers.

Under the new legislation staff will now have to be told details of their rights from the first day in a job, including details for paid and sick leave including maternity and paternity leave.

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  Calls for Government to provide alternative to leasehold tenancies


The Law Commission has called on the Government to expand the ‘commonhold’ system of home ownership to give people an alternative to leasehold tenancies.

In recent months, complaints about the leasehold system have been mounting amid concerns that ground rent costs are unrealistic and unfair, and that people living in leasehold properties find it difficult and expensive to pursue lease extensions or purchase the freehold to their property.

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