Thursfields Talk Legal: new vidcast series launched | Wills and estate solicitors

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Thursfields has launched a series of remotely recorded vidcasts to help increase businesses and the wider public’s understanding of legal issues. “Thursfields Talk Legal” is the name of the new series that will cover everything from legacy planning to matrimonial disputes, and from commercial property issues to employment law. Each episode is planned and recorded…

What news for the housing market? | New Homes

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Louise Jones, Head of New Homes at Thursfields, is encouraged by the recent news that some of the larger lenders are getting used to life in lockdown and are starting to offer greater product choices once again. Louise noted “This positive step forward by lenders will hopefully mean that the housing market will recover quickly…

Warning to parents using ‘lockdown excuse’ in custody battles

Shane - Colour

A top judge has warned that separated mums and dads should not exploit lockdown rules in fights over contact with their children. Sir Andrew McFarlane, head of the family courts in England and Wales, said parents trying to use Covid-19 guidance to prevent an ex-partner from seeing their child could face court action. Shane Miller,…

Thursfields notes further relief for commercial and retail tenants

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Thursfields advises of government intervention to help commercial and retail tenants under pressure from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. John McLean, a senior associate in Thursfields’ commercial property team, said the Coronavirus Act 2020 had already prevented forfeiture action by landlords for non-payment of rent until 30 June 2020. “This provided relief for many, but was…

Consider remote Mediation for disputes during Lockdown

Pam Deol - Colour 2020

Inheritance and probate disputes are still being progressed during Covid-19 with the assistance of online mediation services.  Mediation is often used to achieve resolution of disputes.  The use of technology (for example, a video conferencing platform such as Zoom) can provide conditions as close as possible to those of a face to face mediation. The…

Don’t take short-cuts on Wills during COVID-19

Samuel Thornton

It is reported that the government is looking at changing requirements around witnessing a Will in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak. Currently a Will must be signed by the testator in the presence of two independent witnesses, but the Ministry of Justice is consulting with the Law Society to consider relaxing the signing requirements….

Experience counts in times of challenge… Thursfields Solicitors

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Nick O’Hara, the managing director of Thursfields Solicitors, has just celebrated 41 years at the company, and has no intention of letting the current pandemic stop the company’s expansion. He began his career as a trainee solicitor at Thursfields and since then has held many different roles, climbing the ladder to lead the company since…

Changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) Forms during Covid-19 | Wills and estates

Laura Banks - Colour WEB

Emergency COVID-19 measures that mean there is no longer a need for handwritten signatures on inheritance tax (IHT) forms have been welcomed by Thursfields Solicitors. The comments from the leading Midlands law firm comes as HMRC announced it was temporarily accepting printed signatures on IHT returns instead of personal representatives’ physical signatures when there is…

CJRS Furlough Scheme | Employment Law

Employment Law Team - Emma Monk, James Monk, Michelle O'Hara, Lauren Cope, Jade Linton, Sara Southall

The portal, which can be accessed via HMRC’s Government Gateway, has opened today. This portal will allow employers to claim wage costs and other associated costs for employees who qualify under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for these payments. It is likely that usage of this Gateway will be high and employers may therefore want…

Thursfields’ lawyer volunteers to support well-being centre | Charity law

A lawyer at Thursfields Solicitors is reaching out to vulnerable and isolated people in her spare time during COVID-19 via a charity the company works with in Worcestershire. Lorna Tipple, an associate director in the Family Law department at Thursfields’ Kidderminster office, is planning the corporate social responsibility (CSR) work with the Simply Limitless Wellbeing…

Webinar: Legal issues affecting Business owners | Wills and estates

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Legal experts, Stewart Coles and Laura Banks will be hosting a webinar in conjunction with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce on 29 April at 12pm. The webinar will focus on latest property issues affecting business owners and also discuss the importance and relevance of making wills and LPAs. To register, see link below: https://hwchamber.co.uk/webinar-legal-issues-affecting-business-owners-assessing-your-financial-affairs-during-coronavirus/

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