Private Client Issues – April 2020

9th April 2020

Welcome to this month’s edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan’s monthly round-up. Insight and advice on developments affecting private individuals.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know about some of the things we’re doing to help. As always, our focus is on providing you with a high-quality service, while working to keep our staff, clients and contacts safe. In line with the government’s advice, our employees are working from home where possible, and we are really proud of the way that our staff have risen to the challenge to do this without impacting the service we provide.

The situation is fast moving, with new measures being announced daily as the government addresses the emerging key issues facing both individuals and businesses. Our team are here to help you, with the advice and support you need at this difficult time. Please access our COVID-19 hub for up to date information on key issues and please look after yourselves and those close to you.

Co-parenting during lockdown

The lockdown could affect child contact arrangements you have in place. You may also be unsure how to prioritise between complying with a court-ordered Child Arrangements Order and keeping your family safe in accordance with government guidance.

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How to instruct a solicitor to draft a Will when you can’t meet face-to-face

The current government advice to “stay at home” means we can’t meet you face-to-face. This causes difficulties, as we have a responsibility when writing a Will to assess the client’s capacity, ensure that they are not being coerced or unduly influenced in any way, and to ensure that Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are signed and witnessed correctly. Normally, we do this when we meet with our clients face to face.

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Spousal and child maintenance

One of the concerns for people at this time is how the coronavirus pandemic affects spousal and child maintenance obligations. Our family law experts examine.

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Coronavirus: weddings and other personal events

With gatherings cancelled during the lockdown, our experts give advice on the options for brides and husbands-to-be.

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Self-employed income support scheme

Our experts examine the salient points of the self-employed income support scheme, which sole traders or members of a partnership are eligible for.

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I take thee in sickness and in health, but no one ever mentioned in social distancing…

We take a look at what couples can do to make working from home together easier.

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If you are impacted by any of the above topics or you would like further information on how we can help you, please contact your usual Blake Morgan adviser.

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