"People must be able to write a Will with confidence, not fear," according to a report from the Legal Services Board which calls for Will writers to be regulated to improve standards. A Will is a document in which a person declares their intention as to what should happen to their estate after their death. The Chairman of the Legal Services Board, David Edmonds, said "Making a Will is something everyone should do. It is one of the most important actions that individuals can undertake."
Under current legislation Will writing services can be offered by anyone, even if they have no experience. Research has shown that there are significant numbers of people who receive poor service and poor outcomes from their advisors. Sadly for many, by the time a mistake is realised it may be too late to do anything about it. Under plans unveiled by the LSB Will writing will become a 'reserved activity', meaning that those who provide Will writing and estate administration must be regulated by one of eight approved regulatory bodies.
Lord McAlpine's recent pursuit of damages against Twitter users who wrongly accused him of child abuse is a stark warning to small businesses who fail to monitor their employees' social media activity.
That was the warning from James Bellamy, employment solicitor at Marsden Rawsthorn, during a recent social media workshop held at the firm's Preston office.
Marsden Rawsthorn advised Mechan Controls in its recent acquisition of Rotherham-based testing company PJO Group.
PJO works with utility companies and the deep mining industry providing calibration, testing and repair to the gas, electric and water industries. The business also manufactures and supplies mining consumables, methane extraction equipment and mining machinery.
Marsden Rawsthorn's In-Property team is new, but the experience of the firm and its lawyers is far from it. Marsden Rawsthorn has always had a strong Property focus, however, increasingly, the need for specialist advice regarding disputes in property is growing. To meet this demand we have formed a team to focus on this core area and who are passionate about property and getting the best result for you. If you are a landlord, tenant, property owner, occupier, investor or developer we can help you.
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