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Posts from July 2019

Our team of Personal Injury solicitors in Preston have reported on some sad stories over the past few years, and this occasion is not different. Whilst it’s not exactly a case that our Personal Injury Solicitors in Preston would be able to help with, it’s something that we feel needs to be shared. 
With the post going viral, the tale of the pup, Gizmo, has shocked the nation: a dog-napping seagull is on the loose. 
As temperatures soared in parts of the UK this week, it’s becoming more and more important to make sure that pets are kept cool in parked vehicles. 
At the time of writing, the temperature is 27C in Preston (our team of Personal Injury solicitors in Preston have their fans out on their desks and keep appearing with ice lollies), and this is set to be even hotter in the East of England, passing maybe even the hottest July record, which is currently set at 36.7C in Heathrow, 2015. 
With this increase in temperature, you might be wondering whether you have to go into work, but our team of Personal injury solicitors in Preston are more concerned with how our beloved furry friends will cope in the heat! 
So, how can you keep your pets cool and comfortable? 
Whether it be a veterinarian to the animals they are treating, or to the beautician who is waxing your eyebrows, or in deed eyebrow in some cases, there is a level of duty of care owed to clients, customers, colleagues, employers and the public in general. 
A duty of care is a right to which certain individuals have; it is not something that can be opted out of via a yes/no questionnaire. When our solicitors in Preston, who deal with medical negligence are pursuing a claim for damages for our clients, one of the first things to establish, is whether a duty of care was owed to the individual who has suffered a loss, that has been subsequently breached. This is what helps our solicitors form the basis of your claim for personal injury. 
It’s becoming more and more common recently to read articles about how food allergies are affecting people’s daily lives, and how someone has accidentally been exposed to something they shouldn’t have due to food labelling problems. 
Sadly, on some occasions, no matter how hard people try to ensure the safety of the children in their care, accidents can still occur. Our team of personal injury solicitors in Lancaster were sad to hear about an incident recently, which led to a ten-month-old baby boy dying. 
When our team of Probate solicitors in Preston ask our clients if they want the short answer or the longer answer to their questions, we get a mixed response. So, for those who want to read the first line then gloss over the rest, the short answer is: no, you don’t have to leave your estate to your family. At the end of the day, you should be able to leave money to whoever you want to leave it to. 
However, for those of you who want the long answer, here goes… 
As our Probate Solicitors in Preston have explained, you do not have to leave everything to family. However, people who chose not to, may leave themselves open to a claim by their spouse, or partner, or relatives. 
In a recent case, a taxi passenger, who found it hard to find a taxi driver willing to drive him to his favourite place – local pubs – left his entire estate, including his home worth £160,000.00, to the only driver who was willing. 
It can be confusing: is my car use just social, or is it commuting, or do I need to include business use? 
Well, MG Legal’s expert team of Personal Injury solicitors in Longridge have pooled their knowledge, to make sure that you choose the right classification, so that you don’t get caught out if you try and make a claim. 
Let’s start with the single class: social use. This is more commonly known as social, domestic and pleasure, and covers you for general day-to-day driving, such as shopping, visiting family (or maybe not, if you try and avoid this wherever possible!), and going to visit your team of Personal Injury solicitors in Longridge (or Garstang, or Lancaster – whichever office is most convenient for you). 
The dreaded c-word: Car Tax. We pay it every year, without really questioning what it’s used for, or what we’re paying. But, it could catch more people’s attention in the coming year, as it’s due to increase. Your solicitors in Lancaster have put together as much information as possible about the changes. 
Currently, it’s on a tiered system (which you can find, here), depending on how much CO2 a car produces, however under the new rules, cars are split into two groups, depending on their registration date – those registered before 31st March 2017, and those registered afterwards. 
The current rules in relation to paying inheritance tax means that if any gifts are made in the seven years prior to the deceased’s death, then inheritance tax could be payable. Certain gifts can be exempt, such as gifts of up to £250.00 to family and friends, and a first gift allowance of up to £3,000.00. However, given that the £3,000.00 rule was created in 1980’s, there has been no allowance for inflation made, meaning that the gift wouldn’t go as far by today’s standard. 
Usually, when our team of solicitors in Preston assists with your application for a grant of probate, we will advise you that it can take a number of weeks to receive the grant back once the application has been submitted. 
However, if you’ve been unlucky enough to submit an application in recent months, you may be aware that the current wait on applications seems to be around 12 weeks, although at this stage the timescale is only an estimate. 
The Law Society Gazette explains that applications for probate saw an increase in March of this year (by a massive 22%), due to the Probate Registry’s announcement that they would be increasing fees on a tiered system, which you can read about on our blog, here. 
On top of the increased number of applications, the Registries also had to deal with a rollout of a new software, which malfunctioned, causing problems for four days for staff. 
Where there’s a Will, there’s a way! At your local solicitors for Wills, we are familiar with advising clients who find themselves in the midst of a separation or divorce on the best way to ensure that their ex-spouse does not benefit from their estate. Sometimes, a Will itself is not enough, and it can be prudent to include a bit more information for your executors so that, if necessary, the Court can see your intentions behind your final wishes. 
However, for one Surrey man, Mr Hendry, this was not necessary. Following the breakdown of their relationship, Mrs Hendry filed for a divorce in November 2016, however these proceedings were brought to an end when Mr Hendry died in February the following year. 


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