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Hethertons Services for You and Your Family - November 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 announces Civil Partnerships extended to all


All couples in England and Wales will be given the opportunity to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage, the Prime Minister has revealed.

Theresa May recently announced she will ensure that both same-sex and opposite-sex couples will be given the same choices in life.

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Why cohabiting couples should write a Will


After research was recently published revealing that more than half of parents with children under 18 have not made a Will, solicitors are warning cohabiting couples about the dangers of dying without plans for the distribution of their estate in place.

While it is common for cohabiting couples to assume that their property and assets will simply be transferred to their partner upon death, this is simply not the case.

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First-time buyer mortgage approvals up in September


Data published by e.surv reveals that there was an increase in the number of first-time buyers and small deposit borrowers securing a mortgage last month.

The research, which found that 66,704 mortgages were approved during September in total, reveals that just under a quarter (24.2 per cent) of loans went to small deposit borrowers, up from 22.8 per cent the previous month.

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  Worries amongst tenants over deposit return


According to a recent survey, nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of tenants renting from private landlords say they have waited more than three months to get a deposit back.

The survey conducted by Mortgage Lender Nationwide also found that 4 per cent of those asked had a delay of more than six months.

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Workers being left out of pocket by employers failing to pay legal minimum wage


Official figures have revealed that a record £15.6 million of underpayment to workers has been uncovered in the past year, prompting huge fines against employers.

In total, 200,000 workers missed out on being paid at least the minimum wage rate, the highest number since the statutory rate was introduced in 1999.

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