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Wills can now be witnessed by a video link

Wills can now be witnessed by a video link

  In a response to the logistical problems created by the recent pandemic the government has announced that it will now be acceptable to have a will witnessed by a video link in England and Wales. Furthermore, this change in the law will be backdated to 31 January, which coincides with the date of the…

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Stamp Duty Holiday Announced – Pictons Ready to Respond

  The Government has announced that to boost the property market, there will be a temporary stamp duty ‘holiday’ on the first £500,000 of all residential property purchases in England and Northern Ireland where the property is the main residence. This will apply throughout 2020 coming to an end in March 2021. Stamp duty is…

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What is a ‘settlement agreement’ and why are they being talked about?

  Most commentators now see us heading into a toughening economic climate which may well result in reduced demand for goods and services. This is compounded by the strains placed on many businesses who have had to restrict activities due to the recent virus outbreak. We have seen the Government take action to keep people…

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We’ve been working hard helping clients

  It’s been a strange and challenging time for many of us. Every person has gone through their own lockdown experience with their own distinctive set of challenges ranging from illness, to child care and on to a sense of isolation. The loss of contact with friends and family has been a particularly hard burden…

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No Fault Divorce Backed by MP’s

  A bill introducing “no-fault” divorces in England and Wales has passed through the House of Commons with a likelihood of it becoming law as early as July. Currently one person can start divorce proceedings immediately by alleging unreasonable behaviour, desertion or adultery against the other party.  A ‘fault based’ divorce is therefore the only…

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Don’t let the Devil be the Detail

  Businesses have responded very quickly to a fast changing economic and social environment. As a result of this many are having a good look at what they do and how they do it. Which in turn has involved a review of a wide range of practices and relationships. Many of these are supported by…

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Property Market Opens for Business – Pictons Ready to Respond

  The government has recently announced that estate agents can now re-open, viewings can be carried out and removal firms and conveyancers can restart operations. This is all subject to the social distancing and health and safety regulations that are now in place. The BBC has estimated that there are approximately 450,000 buyers and renters…

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Return to work – employer considerations

  The Prime minister recently outlined a change in status from ‘stay at home’ to that of ‘stay alert’. This represents the first step in the easing of restrictions, a process that we are told could be halted or reversed depending upon the control of COVID-19 within the general population. Further details are expected and…

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Business Lending and Legal Obligations

  Businesses large and small are currently looking at ways to borrow more to see them through the current lockdown. The recently announced ‘Bounce Back Loan’ scheme helps small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. Under this scheme the Government will guarantee 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees…

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