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Lenders kick-start mortgage deals

Mortgages – Moving in the right direction!

Some positive news with many of the big lenders starting to kick-start mortgage deals.

This demonstrates how the housing market is able to be flexible and adapting to unprecedented market conditions. Lenders are wanting to do business, which is incredibly encouraging using the latest technology to innovate and think outside the box.

Here at Passmores Solicitors we have also been pragmatic and remodelled our business set up to adapt to the changing legal environment we find ourselves in.

We are still able to offer you comprehensive services for all your conveyancing needs. Maintaining a local and personal touch.

We are taking on new instructions and progressing matters as normal. Please contact Claire Grace for a competitive quote for all residential and commercial conveyancing matters.

 

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Making a Will during the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has led to the whole country make significant changes to their everyday living including working from home, teaching their children due to school closure, self-isolating from their friends and families and only leaving the house for essential journeys. During this time, many people have had the chance to reflect on different aspects of their lives including making a Will and amending their current Wills.

For a Will to be valid, the execution of the Will must comply with Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. This means that the person making the Will must sign this in the presence of two independent witnesses, who need to be there in person i.e. not via video link/skype/zoom when the Will is signed. The witnesses would then add their signature and details to the Will to confirm that they have witnessed that Will being signed in their physical presence. There are also strict rules as to who may act as the witnesses. If any of these rules are not adhered to, the Will could be rendered invalid causing your estate to pass to people who may not be your chosen beneficiaries.

We appreciate that it is difficult to arrange for two people to witness the signing of the Will, whilst complying with the current social distancing guidance from the Government. However, many lawyers are finding different ways of signing their Wills by asking their witnesses to stand out the house and view the Will signing through a window or patio doors so the Will can be passed to the witnesses to sign.

Passmores Solicitors are committed to providing you with the appropriate legal advice for the preparation of your Will during these unprecedented times. We can offer an initial telephone/skype appointment to go through your requirements. Once the Will has been prepared, we can post the Will to you and arrange a telephone appointment to guide you through the signing process. If necessary, we can provide a ‘through the window’ service, where social distancing measures are adhered to.

If you wish to discuss making a Will or amendments to a current Will, then please telephone our office on 01446 721000 or you can contact Georgia Brooks or Carli Evans directly via by email.

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Cafcass Guidance for Families in court proceedings – Covid-19

Cafcass have issued guidance for families during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please contact us should you need any help with arrangements for your children during this difficult time including in relation to contact and residence of your children. You can contact Sally Mathews, Catherine Roblin and Charmaine Earley directly by email or phone us on 01446 721000

For more information please take a look at the Cafcass website – https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/covid-19-guidance-for-children-and-families/

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Domestic Violence and the Coronavirus Pandemic

During the current government imposed lock down it is anticipated that domestic abuse will be on the increase.

If you need legal advice on the types of orders you may be able to obtain from the Family Court including a non-molestation order and an occupation order please contact us on 01446 721000 or email Charmaine Earley or Sally Matthews.

The Independant has written a useful article on charities offering online help for domestic abuse – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-isolation-domestic-abuse-help-charities-a9407716.html

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Separation, divorce and child arrangements

During these unprecedented times we are all having to adapt to a new way of life, schools are closed, working from home and having to self- isolate away from family and friends.

This can place an added strain on relationships causing conflict and disharmony.

We, at Passmores can provide support and advice by telephone and video conferencing on separation, divorce and child arrangements. Please telephone us on 01446 721000 to arrange an initial appointment which is free of charge

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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.

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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