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Paying off debt is probably the last thing you consider when a loved one passes away, but it is an important subject and one that is rarely spoken about. Here, our experts explain what happens to debt when someone dies.
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People with different backgrounds, identities and experiences can be extremely valuable for a workforce. They result in new perspectives, broader understanding, and in most cases, a more well-rounded and inclusive team.
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As social media becomes more prevalent, it is crucial employers remind staff about what is and isn’t acceptable online. Here, we give employers insight into company social media policies and how much you can limit what your employees can do online.
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Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is a vital part of good management. In this guide, we explain how to make sure you are working towards diversity, equality, and inclusivity as an employer.
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In this guide, we help employers understand the risks of sexual discrimination and harassment, explain the law surrounding both issues, and give practical steps to help ensure your workplace is as safe as possible.
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What steps must be taken when bringing a staff member back from furlough? PHR Solicitors has prepared a checklist for businesses with furloughed staff to follow, which lays out the step-by-step process for ensuring a smooth transition back to regular work.
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If your business employs people, it is crucial you understand how the employment contract establishes the rights and responsibilities of both the employee and the employer. Many businesses often overlook the importance of the contract of employment and that can lead to legal issues should a problem arise in the future.
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Many cases of employee misconduct can be dealt with informally, away from any strict procedures. However, if an employee is repeatedly displaying serious misconduct issues, you may need to follow the disciplinary process set out in your employment policies. We explain the process and potential pitfalls here.
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It is essential that employers understand how to manage absence in the workplace in order to support your staff, whilst also minimising the impact on your business. This sickness absence guide outlines everything you need to know about managing absence.
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If you die without a valid will, your property will be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the rules of intestacy. Here, we explain exactly what that means for you and your family.
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What can businesses do if a furloughed employee refuses to return to work? How much notice do employers need to give employees for returning? Our experts answer all of your employment law furlough questions here.
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Our lives are being becoming increasingly digital, so how do we protect our online belongings in our Will?
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A TUPE or Transfer of Undertakings refers to a set of regulations relating to business ownership. They are of crucial importance when ownership of a business is transferred.
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Our probate experts list all of the deadlines you should consider when applying for probate.
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A new report into homeowners and estate planning has found that almost half of homeowners do not have a valid will in place.
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If someone with dementia becomes too ill to make informed decisions, you can take on the role of decision-maker by becoming their deputy.
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We all know we need to make a Will to make provision for our finances when we die. However, it is now just as important to make arrangements about our finances and decisions about our health and welfare for when we are still alive, but are possibly incapable of dealing with them ourselves.
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If you are selling a house as an attorney for someone it is important to check which kind of Power of Attorney you have. To act on the sale of a property you have to have been appointed in an EPA or a Property and Financial LPA.
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Research shows that two in three UK residents do not have a valid will. What would happen if they were to die without one?
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Writing a will is something that every person at some stage in their life needs to think about, but actually knowing how to correctly write one is a common issue. In this guide, we explain 7 primary factors people should consider before they begin the will writing process.
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With dementia on the rise, the risk of losing mental capacity with no lasting power of attorney in place is increasing.
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There are a number of different life events that could impact your will. This post considers some of the most common reasons that you might need to change the document to ensure it is up to date, as it might be that you created your will years ago and don’t remember the exact instructions for executors.
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People in later life are unlocking the value of their property and turning it into a lump sum, but how does equity release affect the inheritance of your family?
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This guide will help you understand what needs to be done when dealing with the estate of someone who has died.
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Before you agree to becoming an one, find out more about some of the key duties an executor is expected to carry out after a death.
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A glossary of probate legal terms from PHR Solicitors.
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Our Wills and Probate team have compiled the most common mistakes they see when dealing with wills.
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Last winter saw record numbers of deaths in England and Wales.
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In a survey we ran to gather the UK public’s thoughts on writing a will, a staggering 67% admitted to not having a will in place, placing the legacy that they have spent their entire lives building up under threat.
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Take a closer look at our guide to measures that you or your business must take before entering a contract. Follow these ten steps provided by PHR and avoid unnecessary contractual issues.
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In this article, we explain the unfortunate topic of later life care, the power of an attorney and dealing with dementia in the family. This is a topic that no one really wants to think about, but at some stage has to. Take a closer look at how PHR can help you in this step-by-step guide.
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Winter should be a time for family and friends, but for many it turns into a nightmare.
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DIY wills are on the rise, but they are potentially very dangerous for you and your estate.
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Under English and Welsh law, an individual can give money, property and other assets to anyone they wish as part of their will.
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If you applied to register a power of attorney from April 1st 2013 to March 31st 2017 you may able to get part of your application fee back.
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A study has shown that two in three UK residents, including 42% of over 55s, do not have a will.
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Here is our advice for parents on planning for the future once they have children.
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Many people believe they have accounted for everything they own in their will, only to find that sometimes some assets slip through the net.
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When a loved one passes away, the number of decisions to be made and the weight of responsibility upon you can feel overwhelming. To help you during this difficult time, we have compiled a step-by-step guide to assist you throughout the process.
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This brief guide will answer the questions you may have regarding holiday pay.
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Figures from Farm Safety Week suggest that machinery and working at heights are major causes of farming accidents.
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Controversial personal injury reforms have been postponed for the second time in two months.
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Our recent survey found that employees are scared to report injuries in the workplace because they are worried to make their employer angry.
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Data for 2018 accidents has been released, with 5,900 incidents involving drivers over the alcohol limit.
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This brief guide will explain what clinical negligence is, what sort of injuries it includes and how to start a claim for compensation.
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What happens if you have an accident that was not your fault during the hazardous winter months?
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Giving birth should be a magical moment, but for some, it ends in tragedy.
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This guide will take a closer look at commercial property leases, providing advice on renewal and how to avoid common pitfalls that some businesses fall into.
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Breaking a contract with a problematic tenant can sometimes be a stressful experience. Read PHR's guide to dealing with such a situation.
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Buying a house is a huge financial commitment, and one that is renowned for being both time consuming and stressful. Read PHR's step-by-step journey through the entire buying process, helping to ease the burden at this already stressful time.
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Many homebuyers have taken to doing their own conveyancing to save money, but it is leading to huge problems. Here, we explain what those problems are.
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Dismissing an employee is a challenging, yet essential part of working life for an employer. In this guide, PHR provide an in-depth guide on the reasons for dismissal of employees and how to ensure these dismissals are justified and fair.
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Rudeness and clashing personalities is a growing problem within the workplace, but don't panic! Take a look at this guide as we explain how you can handle, resolve and permanently minimise conflict.
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We look closely at the notion of online monitoring in the workplace, advising businesses on existing privacy rules and how to ensure they are compliant
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A TUPE or Transfer of Undertakings refers to a set of regulations relating to business ownership. They are of crucial importance when ownership of a business is transferred.
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People are often misadvised or told incorrect information when dealing with employment law. To avoid crucial mistakes in relation to this, take a look as we banish the 10 most common myths of employment law to make sure when it comes to the crunch, you wont be losing out.
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Social media is an ever-increasing part of daily life for both businesses and employees, but are you going about it the right way? Take a look at our article as we explain how your business and your employees can get the most out of social media platforms, without running into legal trouble in the process.
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The Deregulation Act 2015 (DA) introduced changes which came into force on the 1st October 2015 which apply only to Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST) granted after this date. Read our guide to the changes.
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An unhappy employee who quit in spectacular fashion raises an interesting point regarding unfair dismissal.
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Falling from height at work can lead to severe injuries which can have devastating and lasting effects. Find out if you have a workplace accident claim for falling from height at work.
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People are often misadvised or told incorrect information when dealing with employment law. To avoid crucial mistakes in relation to this, take a look as we banish the 10 most common myths of employment law to make sure when it comes to the crunch, you won't be losing out.
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What does insolvency mean for employees? Insolvency is a common issue within business and it is usually the employees left not knowing where to turn. Take a look at this guide to give employees the legal know how if faced with the issue of insolvency.
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