Child Abduction & International Children Law Cardiff and Barry

Guidance on compliance with family court child arrangement orders during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Government guidance issued alongside the Stay at Home Rules on 23rd March deals specifically with child contact arrangements. It says:

Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes.

This establishes an exception to the mandatory ‘stay at home’ requirement; it does not, however, mean that children must be moved between homes. The decision whether a child is to move between parental homes is for the child’s parents to make after a sensible assessment of the circumstances, including the child’s present health, the risk of infection and the presence of any recognised vulnerable individuals in one household or the other.

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Wills, LPA and Probate Services During The Coronavirus Outbreak

We at Passmores, are committed to providing a Will, LPA and probate service throughout this period of crisis and uncertainty. We are also wanting to show our immense gratitude to the NHS during this difficult time and will be donating 10% of all fees generated from Wills to our local health board, Cardiff and the Vale.

We are able to offer an initial telephone/skype appointment to go through your requirements, please arrange by telephoning our offices in the usual way or by emailing Carli or Georgia through our website.

Once the document has been prepared, we are able to offer a number of ways for it to be executed, such as sending to you by post and arranging a telephone appointment to talk you through it and to guide you through the signing process or if necessary and urgent, to provide a ‘through the window’ service, where social distancing measures are adhered to but we can be assured that the document has been properly executed to avoid any later problems or issues with regards to validity.

Probate instructions, as well as Court of Protection matters will be taken over the telephone or via skype and the application will be sent to you by post for signature.

As best as we possibly can, it’s business as usual ! Please contact us discuss your requirements.

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Passmores – Open for Business COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Passmores are monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation closely and our committed to your well-being.

We remain open for business and are following the government guidelines to ensure your safety. We remain able to facilitate appointments, and we have facilities to do this by telephone, Facetime and Skype when requested.

We have been providing services to the client’s for over 100 years including during World War II and are committed to continuing to do so.

Facilities:

Email – You can contact our solicitors directly via their profiles. Your email will be sent directly to the solicitor.

Conference call/Video Call – Please continue us on 01446 721000 and you will be directed to the relevant person.

Video conference meetings – our team have the facilities for video calls. We will set up a video meeting with you and provide you with the details. If you need any assistance with this we will discuss this with you.

As part of our contingency plan for the current epidemic of Covid-19, we ask that all correspondence and documentation is sent to us electronically and by post so that we are able to progress matters remotely, if necessary.

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Coronavirus Statement

At Passmores Solicitors it is business as usual. We would like to reassure all clients that we have a strict contingency plan in place should we need to close the office, with minimal disruption to ongoing work.

Should we need to close our business for a period of time, there will be a further update on our website and social media outlets.

However, should you feel unwell or experience any symptoms associated with Covid19, then we would respectfully ask that you postpone your appointment until you are well enough to attend or to consider whether the appointment could take place over the telephone. These measures has been put in place to protect our clients, staff and their respective families.

Should you require an urgent outside visit i.e hospital, care home, home visit, then we shall consider your request on an individual basis taking into account all the circumstances and the risks involved.

Wishing everyone well.

Domestic-Abuse Solicitor Cardiff and Barry

New Domestic Abuse Bill

Domestic-Abuse Solicitor Cardiff and BarryIs the Family Court going to see significant changes to the law relating domestic abuse? Including proposed changes to cross examination of victims and changes to the definition of domestic violence to include financial abuse……..

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51709638

Legal Aid in 2020

Legal aid funding is an area that has been cut back since 2013, however many people do not know that Legal aid is still available in a number of family cases including Care, Contact, Divorce and Injunctions.

What is Legal Aid?

Legal aid is the process by which a client of a solicitor’s firm can obtain funding from the public purse for their legal fees either in full or in part. Legal aid is available to individuals who have a low income and have experienced certain behaviour from the other party in the case, such as their ex-partner, ex-husband or other relative.

Legal aid was significantly cut back in 2013 due to new requirements for additional evidence to show that an individual is eligible for legal aid, however Legal Aid is still available in a number of situations including contact disputes in relation to children, in cases where advice is sort in relation to obtaining a divorce, as well as when the Social Services have become involved with a family. Legal aid can also be available when an injunction or warning letter is needed due to another person’s behaviour.

It is therefore very important that where a person requires the assistance of a solicitor that they should ask about public funding when visiting their solicitor’s firm.

We are able to offer legal aid appointments at both our Cardiff and Barry offices and will undertake the individuals financial and family circumstances to determine whether they are eligible for legal aid.  We are keen to ensure that individuals who are unable to pay privately are able to obtain public funding where possible.

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Congratulations Georgia!

Our very own Georgia Brooks has passed her final exam and has now qualified as a Licensed Conveyancer. We are delighted on her achievement and wish her all the success with her new role with the firm. Congratulations Georgia!

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Why should I instruct a firm of solicitors to draft my Will?

It is important to obtain expert legal advice when deciding to make a Will to ensure that your wishes can be met in practice but also, to ensure that your Will is valid.

The common issue with Do it yourself (DIY) Wills is that they may be invalid if they have not been signed and witnessed correctly. This could mean that instead of the people who you have mentioned in your Will to benefit from your estate, your estate would be distributed by the rules of intestacy therefore someone else may benefit instead.

The benefits of using Passmores Solicitors are that you can meet with a friendly and professional member of our team to discuss your Will in confidence and receive the appropriate legal advice to suit your individual circumstances.

Our lawyers will explain to you how your estate would be administered in practice to ensure that all of your wishes can be met and advise you if there is something that may be complicated for your loved ones to deal with or may not be possible due to your personal circumstances.

Once your Will has been drafted, we will meet with you to review the draft to ensure you are happy before requesting your signature. We will ensure that your Will is witnessed correctly and will arrange storage of the original Will free of charge.

Here at Passmores, we understand that a Will is not the most comfortable topic of discussion and we pride ourselves in providing you with the appropriate legal advice in a relaxed, friendly environment. We can arrange a home, hospital or residential care visit if this is more convenient for you.

To arrange an appointment in our Barry or Cardiff office to discuss making a Will or making amendments to your current Will, please call 01446 721000 to speak to Georgia Brooks or you can contact her via e-mail via our Contact Form

Government takes promising steps in respect of Domestic Abuse Victims

Government takes promising steps in respect of Domestic Abuse Victims

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/domestic-abuse-bill-2019-factsheets/domestic-abuse-bill-2019-overarching-fact-sheet 

Passmores Support Dementia Friendly Vale

Passmores are proud to support Dementia Friendly Vale.

You can find out more about Dementia Friendly Vale by visiting the website or by following @dementia_vale on Twitter,