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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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Compensation for survivors of historical abuse in Northern Ireland to average £18,500 each

This month, the BBC reported that a financial redress or compensation scheme for survivors of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland could cost £114m, with the average amount of compensation paid to survivors in the region of £18,500 each.

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New Rights Raise Another Red Flag for Employers

New payslip requirements are set to come into force to include all workers, not just employees, and involve itemised calculations for variable rates of pay and hours worked.

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Civil partnerships for heterosexual couples – an update

Big news for heterosexual couples who don’t want to get married – the law is about to change to allow you to apply for a civil partnership. It’s been a while coming, but one of the last areas of inequality in the world of formally recognised partnerships is about to be rectified.

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LPAs – Online applications still need guidance

While the number of people taking advantage of a simplified online process to make a Lasting Power of Attorney is on the increase, so are the reports of abuse by attorneys. In this article, Hayley Beeching explains how and why it is important to get guidance and have safeguards in place when permitting others to manage your affairs.

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Disinheritance – a quick guide to cutting someone out of your will

The message is slowly starting to get through to the public – making a will is an important life decision that could save your relatives a great deal of heartache once you’ve gone. You can express your wishes, designate who gets what, and that’s the end of it.

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Can’t afford to get on the property ladder? Shared ownership could be an option

The price of properties, even so-called ‘first-time homes’ is completely out of proportion to the average income. To save for a deposit on your first home is now taking house-hunters (especially first-timers) years longer than before. The ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ is an option if you’re struggling to get the funds together on your own, but if you don’t have the ability to borrow from family members, or are unable to raise the money for that essential deposit on your own, there is another way to get your foot on the first rung of the property ladder.

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What happens when a parent wants to move away and take the children with them?

These days more and more people are spending time abroad, whether they’re overseas on business, trying to build a new life in a different country, or just taking a long trip.

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