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Stepping up to the challenge of the sale board

Those thinking about Spring and the changes it may bring are likely to be focused on the countdown towards the Brexit deadline of 29th March, but there are also homeowners, estate agents and solicitors up and down the country who are wondering whether to expect the traditional upsurge in the property market in April and May.

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Should I make a Will after I have had a baby?

You've bought the crib, you've decorated the nursery, you've chosen baby names. It's an exciting time when you have a baby on the way and there is a huge amount to think about. But have you thought about making a Will? Nearly two thirds of adults don't have a Will in place, but if you've had a baby, it is one of the most important things you can do.

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What rights do absent parents have if they come back into a child's life after several years' away?

The concept of a traditional family unit has changed, and, in some situations, this can give rise to problems. Figures from 2016 suggest that not only does it have a huge impact on the mental wellbeing of the family unit, but it has a financial impact too. According to the Relationships Foundation’s report ‘The Cost of Family Failure Index’, the economic impact of family breakdown in 2016 was higher than the UK defence budget, at an astonishing £48billion. That breaks down to an individual cost for each and every taxpayer of £1,820.

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Verisona Law urges Portsmouth residents to check eligibility for LPA refund

Hayley Beeching of Verisona Law is urging people to check their eligibility for a lasting power of attorney (LPA) fee refund, after almost two million people were overcharged by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) between 2013 and 2017. Claimants can expect to receive a refund of up to £54, with any accrued interested since the registration was made.

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New trade mark rules simplify counterfeit challenges

A branding challenge toppled the golden arches when a small Irish fast food company managed to block the international McDonald's food chain from trademarking the terms Big Mac and Mc throughout Europe.

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Where can you be buried or scattered after your death?

Our final journey is one we all make alone, but it’s up to every individual to make sure those left behind are fully aware of the last wishes of the deceased. That includes how to deal with the body, whether that means cremation or burial.

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Top ten employment law tips for employers

Throughout its ten year history, Verisona Law has shared its knowledge, expertise and guidance with employers ranging from large corporate businesses and football clubs, to family businesses and niche sectors. To mark the firm’s tenth anniversary, here are the top ten issues we believe employers need to be aware of and confident in dealing with for the successful management of their staff.

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Justice hopeful for relatives of Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Family members of 456 patients who passed away following the use of opioids without medical justification, gathered in Ferneham Hall in Fareham this week, for an update from Kent assistant chief constable Nick Downing and the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Soaring fees set deadline for executors and estate planning

Controversial court fees, branded a ‘stealth tax’ on bereaved families, are expected to prompt a surge in probate applications before costs soar by thousands of pounds.

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Has the demise of Legal Aid put justice out of reach for ordinary people?

Medical negligence (or clinical negligence as it’s known) can be utterly devastating, not just for the victim, but for the family too. At a time when you should be able to put your trust in the doctors and medical experts taking care of your loved ones, you’re facing the consequences of a life-changing event that should never have happened in the first place.

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