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Can I get copies of my medical records?

Yes, you can. Everybody has the right to access their medical records. You are entitled to see your private health records as well as your NHS records. If you want another person to access your records on your behalf, you will need to authorise them to do so. You don’t have to explain why you w....

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Inheritance Tax – how will it affect my family?

Put simply, Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax on money, property, savings, investments and possessions you leave behind when you die. The continued rise in house prices has meant that the number of families paying IHT has grown, with many facing a mounting IHT liability simply because they own a fam....

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Now that I’m divorced, can I change my name back to my maiden name?

The short answer is yes, you can. Many women no longer want to be known by their former husband's name after their divorce. You are not required by law to change your name back to your maiden name, but the opportunity is there for you to do so if you wish. If your married name was exactly the sam....

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What is a covenant?

Moving house, as we all know, can be a very stressful time. Most people assume that once they've purchased a property they can relax as they are free to do what they like with it. They know they might need planning permission or building regulation approval from the local council before they do thin....

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What is a Section 106 Agreement?

You might come across this term in connection with planning permission for a new building development in your area, a proposed supermarket or a housing project for example. Section 106 Agreements, commonly referred to as ‘developer contributions’, are governed by the Town and Country Planning Ac....

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Common Law Spouses

  We're not married, but we've been together for 25 years. When I die will my partner inherit? Many people believe that there is a 'common-law spouse' status in UK law, but in fact this is a myth and doesn't exist. So, when one partner in a cohabiting couple dies without leaving a valid Will,....

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We’ve been married less than a year – can we get a divorce?

The short answer is no, you can't. You have to be married for a least a year before you can start divorce proceedings. Once you have been married for one year, you can start proceedings by issuing a divorce petition. However, there are other steps you can take.   A Separation Agreement In ....

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What happens on my moving day?

You'll remember this day, probably forever, especially if it's your first purchase. It will undoubtedly be a bit stressful, but what will keep you going is the thought that, if everything goes according to plan, by the end of the day you will have the keys to your new property. Just remember to have....

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What can I do if I think a loved one’s death is unusual?

The death of a loved one is a devastating blow that sadly most of us will face at some time in our lives. In most cases, the circumstances and cause are clear, but what should you do if you think that something isn’t right and needs to be investigated?   At home If death is sudden and un....

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Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Ten Tips for Planning Applicants

There's lots to consider when making a planning application – these top ten tips will help to ease the stress and speed up the process. Take early advice – to ensure that any representations either via an application or correspondence to the Council are termed correctly from the start. We h....

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Increased safety risks at harvest time

In the agricultural industry, harvest time has the potential to see an increase in the risks to the health and safety of employees. In regions such as Essex, where farming is a significant industry, the advice from Safety Revolution to employers may be particularly important. Safety measures a....

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Man crushed by refuse truck

Two companies were fined after a hearing in Preston Crown Court that saw them plead guilty for violations of the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations. Essex residents will be familiar with the refuse collection vehicles which collect their rubbish. Th....

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