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CORONAVIRUS: We are operating as normal, offering services remotely

Following government guidelines, Viewpoint Hill & Abbott Solicitors is currently open and able to offer our services remotely while we continue to protect our employees and clients. If you are a client, please be assured you can get in touch with us and we are still working on your case. You can call or email us as normal, and to replace face-to-face meetings we have video conferencing facilities available.

At Viewpoint Hill & Abbott, our Chelmsford based Solicitors offer a full range of legal services to support you and your business. We take time to get to know you, so we can deliver the best solutions for your business or personal needs.

We are available when you need us, with evening and weekend appointments available on request.

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Our caring, Chelmsford based team help you plan for the future and support you, and your family, during more challenging times.

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From start-ups to established multi-national businesses, our commercial and corporate team are here to support you.

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Frequently asked questions

Here are some questions we are being asked at this current time.
If you need any more information, just give us a call and we will be happy to answer your queries.

Michael Gove MP has confirmed that travel is permitted to allow children of separated couples to continue to see both parents. Ultimately this is a decision for parents to make jointly, weighing up the safety concerns. If your child is to see their other parent then handovers need be kept to a minimum.

This means you should try and agree with your former partner any changes possible to reduce unnecessary travel. For example, if one parent normally sees their child on a Wednesday afternoon for three hours and a Friday evening for two hours you may wish to change this to five hours occurring on a Friday instead.

It is sensible for both parents to show a degree of flexibility and help ensure their own family and the wider community are kept safe.

Go to our Family Law & Divorce page or read the blog here.

It is best to try and reach an agreement with your former partner over sharing this additional care and helping out with any home schooling. If your former partner refuses then you should contact us for advice on further steps to take.

Go to our Family Law & Divorce page or read the blog here.

You should review your will regularly. A good rule of thumb is every time there is a significant change in your circumstances or every five years. This does not necessarily mean your will needs to be amended with each change of circumstances, but you should at least make sure it continues to reflect your wishes.

Although it is important to maintain an up-to-date will, making rash changes during a time of distress is ill-advised.If you are unsure, you should seek advice about whether your will needs updating.

Go to our Wills, Trusts & Probate page or read the blog here.

Making gifts during your lifetime does not necessarily escape inheritance tax. If you make a gift and you do not survive for seven years, the gift is still considered part of your estate when you die.

You should also carefully consider your own needs before gifting money. Once you part with an asset, you also part with all rights to it. The only way this can be reversed is if the person receiving the gift to chooses to return it. Before making any gift, you should always seek advice.

Go to our Wills, Trusts & Probate page or read the blog here.

Without authority, you cannot access another person’s bank account. Authority might be as simple as putting something in place with one specific bank, or it could mean your relative granting a power of attorney.

A property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney will grant authority to deal with financial affairs, including day-to-day banking. The process is, however, rather lengthy, as lasting powers of attorney must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian. If your relative has capacity and only requires your help during this specific time, a general power of attorney may be more appropriate, though a general power of attorney does have limits. Your relative should seek advice on the best solution for them before signing any legal document.

Go to our Wills, Trusts & Probate page or read the blog here.

The Coronavirus Act 2020 gives powers to the UK Government in relation to ‘events, gatherings and premises’ with the latter including any ‘vehicle, train, vessel or aircraft’ or any ‘tent or movable structure’ and any offshore installation.

The Act also gives sweeping powers to close premises or restrict entry to premises. It provides for criminal penalties for breaches being a fine of up to £5,000 per offence and that a director as well as a limited company can both be prosecuted. These are strict liability offences with no defence.

Go to our Corporate & Commercial page or read the blog here.

Yes. As well as a holiday from business rates and VAT deferral, there will now be a temporary ban on landlords forfeiting a lease where the tenant has failed to make payments that are due. This will cover rent, service charge and, it seems, insurance contributions. The ban will be in effect until 30 June 2020. Note that the money due must still be paid, and the landlord will regain the right to forfeit once the ban is lifted. The aim is to create an immediate breathing space. Landlords will be pleased to hear that nothing they do while the ban is in place will be treated as waiving their right to forfeit at a later date.

Go to our Commercial Property & Leases page or read the blog here.

An employee who is not working and is temporarily absent from work is described as being on furlough leave.

Go to our Employment Law page or read the blog here.

You should include in your furlough leave agreement that you can require employees to return to work on their usual pay, even if this is before the scheme comes to an end.

Go to our Employment Law page or read the blog here.

You will be able to recover up to 80% of your employees’ usual salary or wages (to a maximum of £2,500 per month) plus employer National Insurance contributions and 3% pension contribution through the government’s job retention scheme.

Unless you have the contractual right to lay-off employees, you will need their consent to be furloughed. We can advise you on how to reduce your employee’s salary to ensure all their pay is covered by the scheme. We recommend getting employees to sign a furlough leave agreement.

Go to our Employment Law page or read the blog here.

Smaller businesses (employing less than 250 people) will be able to claim back the first 14 days’ SSP from HMRC. The regulations have not yet been published but this should apply retrospectively from 13 March 2020.end.

Go to our Employment Law page or read the blog here.

  • Home buyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Government advice is that if you have already exchanged contracts and the property is currently occupied then all parties should work together to agree a delay or another way to resolve this matter.
  • If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.
  • In line with Government advice, anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus, should follow medical advice which will mean not moving to a new house for the time being, if possible. All parties should prioritise agreeing amicable arrangements to change move dates for individuals in this group, or where someone in a chain is in this group.

Go to our Property & Conveyancing page or read the blog here.

A Lawyer is anyone who practices law, as an advocate, Barrister, Solicitor or Chartered Legal Executive. A solicitor is a lawyer who gives legal advice and represents clients in the courts.

Once qualified, solicitors often specialise in one legal area such as family, litigation, property or tax. A lawyer provides the practical application of the legal theories and knowledge required to resolve legal problems, and to advance the interests of clients who require a lawyer to perform legal services.

There are a number of factors to consider.  Firstly, you may want someone who specialises in a particular aspect of the law. You may also wish to consider the proximity of their office to your home.  You may want to use a Solicitor who offers a free initial consultation to discuss your requirements before formally instructing them. Call us on 01245 258 892 to arrange a meeting. If you want to bring someone with you, just let us know. Ask if there is anything in particular you will need to bring or any relevant paperwork so you can cover as much as possible on the day.

We offer a free initial consultation for all of our services so you can meet with a solicitor or specialist with the expertise and experience you need, and who can provide understandable legal advice. Some of our legal services are offered on a fixed fee basis, but for all others, the cost will often be worked out on an hourly rate basis: so the longer it takes, the more it costs. We will give you a cost estimate at the outset, usually at your initial consultation.

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  • Free initial consultation

  • Clear, guaranteed prices

  • Available when you need us

  • Direct contact with your solicitor

  • Instant online quotations

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