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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - April 2019

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.

Changes to divorce law to “end the blame game”


 

Couples in England and Wales will no longer have to prove that one partner is at fault in order to divorce, it has been confirmed.

Announcing the move, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said new legislation will reduce family conflict and “end the blame game”.

 
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Thousands of workers to receive payslip for first time under new laws


 

More than 300,000 workers will be getting a payslip for the first time this month under new rules.

The rules change, part of the Government’s Good Work Plan, requires employers to include variable rates of pay and hours worked within their payroll reporting, which will enable workers to easily confirm that they are receiving the minimum wage.

 
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Rise in cost of probate delayed due to Brexit


 

Proposals to increase the costs associated with probate for families sorting out the wills of loved ones who have died have been delayed due to lack of Parliamentary time to debate the proposed fee increase as a result of Brexit debates, following a widespread backlash against their implementation.

The increases, which had been due to come into effect in April 2019 are set to bring in a sliding scale of charges to replace the current flat rate of £215 (or £155 if an application is made by a Solicitor) for granting approval on a will. The move was expected to raise around £155 million a year for the Treasury.

 
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MPs to debate increasing age of marriage in UK to 18


 

MPs are currently debating whether to increase the minimum age for marriage in the UK to 18 in a bid to help prevent forced marriages.

Currently, the legal age of marriage is 18, but 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to get married as long as they get their parents’ permission.

 
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Government plan to axe short-notice evictions


 

The Government has announced plans to scrap “no-fault evictions” in what is being described as the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation.

It has been announced they are to consult regarding abolishing section 21 evictions in England, meaning that private landlords would no longer be able to evict tenants from their homes at short notice and without good reason.

 
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