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Whatever profession you find yourself in, whilst at work, as an employee, you are owed a duty of care by your employer. This duty of care is governed specifically by the Health and Safety at Work Act, of 1974. This Act states that employers are to follow a set standard towards employees which include the following: 
 
- To ensure there is a safe system (also referred to as ‘plant’) of work, that is safely maintained. 
 
- To provide adequate training, specific to the tasks being carried out. This also includes being trained on how to use certain systems, programmes and machinery. 
 
- To provide protective clothing and equipment, where required. For example, supplying protective gloves when handling chemical products to prevent contamination or burns. 
 
- To appoint a competent Health and Safety Officer within the work place, who issues concerning health and safety can be reported to. 
 
- To ensure there is sufficient information, and instruction, available in relation to the work being carried out. There should also be appropriate supervision in place. 
 
Follow the link to the Act, for more information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm. 
MG Legal, Preston and Lancaster’s local property solicitors, have noted lots of new build developments cropping up along the A6, through into Longridge, Lancaster and the like to be fair though they are hard to miss! Local websites and forums have either dismissed or applauded the developments, and our team of property lawyers are staying firmly on the (garden?) fence. We can however, advise all buyers and prospective buyers alike of the benefits of New Build Home Warranties
 
NHBC are one of the leading suppliers offering protection for homebuyers when they purchase a new build property in the form of Buildmark warranty and insurance. It is NHBC who are reporting that 2019 has seen the highest number of new build home registrations in the past twelve years! 
Property Solicitors will always advise you to weigh up what is important to you. What property ticks the boxes for you? 
#1 - Sleeping in your car whilst over the limit 
 
Whilst it may not be inherently illegal, you would have to prove that you had no intention of driving your car, which can be difficult to prove. Under section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, you could face a penalty of ten points on your driving licence (a minimum, so beware as you could be looking at more), and up to a 12 month driving ban, as well as prison time. 
 
If you’re not over the limit, but you’re just tired, then rule 91 of the Highway Code recommends a 15 minute break for every two hours of driving, so just make sure you pull up somewhere safe, and where you are not causing any inconvenience to anyone else. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t pull over on the hard shoulder; this is for emergencies only, and parking up on the hard shoulder has been known to cause road traffic accidents. 
When you’ve passed your test and you’re looking at insurance for the first time, it can be daunting. With insurance costs always seeming to go up (or is it just us?!), the costs for a first-time driver can now be over £2,000.00, even with a black box. One way of reducing the costs that many people consider, is listing their parent as the main driver on their car, and themselves as a secondary driver. Although this can reduce the costs of the insurance, insurance companies call this ‘fronting’, and consider it to be fraud. 
Recent research, finding that many prefer online contact as opposed to meeting with face-to-face with their solicitor, has come at a shock to MG Legal’s team. We are not the big, bad wolves you need to be scared of (or at least after we have all had our morning dose of coffee, that is!), and aim to ensure all clients feel comfortable with both online and face-to-face contact. 
You may have seen in a popular newspaper this week, the headline “Man, 64, selling 3-bed home in posh area for ‘£200,000 discount’ – but you have to let him live in it”. Whilst the Newspaper goes on to report this incident as if it is some bizarre unheard-of money-making ploy, local Conveyancers and Property Solicitors recognise that the Newspaper has just caught sight of a home reservation scheme. 
As part of your purchase transaction, your conveyancing solicitors will submit searches on your behalf. Essentially, the searches are used to ensure the integrity of the property you are purchasing, and that there are no issues which may come to haunt you in the future. See our blog on ‘The Importance of Conveyancing Searches’ for more information on what these entail by following the link here. 
When your loved one passes away, quite often you will need to obtain a Grant of Probate, commonly just known as Probate. 
 
This process normally involves making an application to the Probate Registry Office, including details of the deceased’s financial position and their Will. If their Will is not available (or in some cases, if they did not have one), you would need to apply for Letters of Administration. 
Keeping up-to-date with case law, may not be fun for you. However, as your local divorce solicitors, we don’t just switch off at 5pm and head home – we are here to keep in the know on your behalf! In doing so, we’ve stumbled upon a recent case whereby a husband sought to argue that the wife’s financial claims had been finalised during Judicial Separation Proceedings, and that she was not entitled to make a further claim during the Divorce proceedings. 

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