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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - December 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.

Divorce rate falls to lowest level for 50 years


According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales has dropped to its lowest level for half a century.

The data shows that there were 90,871 divorces between opposite-sex couples during 2018, a drop of 10.6 per cent compared to 2017 and the lowest official numbers since 1971.

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Almost half of employees with mental health conditions unaware of legal right to protection


According to research carried out by the mental health charity Mind, more than two in five people with mental health conditions were unaware that it could be classed as a disability, meaning they could be missing out on legal protections or helpful adjustments at work.

The survey, involving more than 1,700 people with various mental health conditions found that 44 per cent did not realise they could be classed as having a disability if it affects their ability to carry out day-to-day working activities.

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High Court Judge rejects appeal over death in service benefit


A High Court judge has rejected an appeal by the British Medical Association (BMA) over the denial of death-in-service benefits to the widower of a locum GP who died on her day off.

Speaking after the ruling, a spokesman for the BMA called the current rules on death-in-service benefit rules absurd, adding that it is clearly unfair for the family of a GP to be denied the full benefits simply because the doctor was on holiday on the day she died.

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A quarter of retirees exclude family beneficiaries from their Will


According to the latest research, 28 per cent of retirees intend to leave their estate to beneficiaries that are not close family members.

The study found that individuals in their older age will gift their estate to friends and neighbours that they have supported them in later life.

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Men twice as likely to inherit family business, study reveals


Men are twice as likely as women to inherit a family business, perpetuating the entrepreneurial gender gap, a major new study has revealed.

The finding forms part of Cynergy Bank’s new research into family business succession plans.

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Homeowners warned over septic tank risk


Experts are warning homeowners to address potential issues with septic tanks following the introduction of new rules.

New regulations surrounding septic tanks require all homes that are not connected to a mains sewerage network to review, upgrade or replace their system by 1 January 2020.

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