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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - February 2020

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.

UK house prices rise at record rate


House prices in the UK have risen at the fastest rate on record over the festive period.

According to the latest research by Rightmove, house prices have increased by 2.3 per cent as confidence increased in the market following the general election in December 2019.

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Less than ten per cent of workers use shared parental leave


According to the latest industry research, less than one in 10 employees currently use shared parental leave.

The YouGov poll of 1,000 UK employees found that only seven per cent of respondents with children had taken shared parental leave in the past.

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Government announces new ‘First Homes’ scheme for first-time buyers


The Government has announced the launch of the ‘First Homes’ scheme for first-time buyers.

The new scheme will see new property prices reduced by up to one-third for first-time buyers, with the Government stating that those who are attempting to get onto the property ladder in their local area will save an average of £100,000.

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How will new civil partnership laws affect Wills and IHT?


Heterosexual couples in England and Wales are now able to enter a civil partnership, following the introduction of new laws on 31 December 2019.

Civil partnerships were introduced in the Civil Partnerships Act 2004, and following a challenge of the law in 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that opposite-sex couples should also be allowed to enter a civil partnership.

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Dispute over cat leads to four-year legal battle


A dispute between neighbours over the feeding of a cat has reached a conclusion after a four-year legal battle.

The dispute saw Jackie and John Hall commence proceedings against their neighbour, Nicola Lesbirel, accusing her of the theft of Maine Coon, Ozzy.

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Government to give bereaved parents two weeks paid leave


The Government has announced that working parents who suffer the loss of a child will now be entitled to two weeks statutory paid leave.

The new legislation which is known as Jack’s Law is expected to support around 10,000 families a year in the UK.

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Welcome to the Hethertons podcast!


Our new podcast channel is the latest development in our approach towards our clients, giving you a personal insight into some of the key legal issues our clients face.

In this episode, we speak to Phil Robinson, a Senior Associate Solicitor from our Residential Conveyancing team about the process of purchasing your first home.

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