#SolicitorChat: upcoming topics

#SolicitorChat topics in October

In October, #SolicitorChat is covering these interesting topics:

Thursday 7 October – Lasting power of attorney
Thursday 14 October – Divorce settlements
Thursday 21 October – Menopause in the workplace
Thursday 28 October – Including pets in your will

If you’re a solicitor and specialise in any of these topics, join us on Twitter every Thursday 9am to 10am – just search for #SolicitorChat and join the conversation.

Thursday 7 Oct: Lasting power of attorney

A major accident, Parkinson's, a stroke or Alzheimer's disease are just some of the ways that can impact your ability to make your own decisions. If you become unable to make your own decisions, a lasting power of attorney (LPA) allows your loved ones to take care of you and your finances. Are you fully protected?

Woman sitting on sofa sorting through papers

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. What measures can be put in place if you fall ill, to ensure your wishes are followed?
  2. What is an LPA? Why is it so important?
  3. Does making an LPA mean I lose control of making my own decisions?
  4. What is the difference between an executor and an attorney? 
  5. What support would my appointed attorney need to be able to act?
  6. What are the proposed changes to LPAs, and should I be worried about them?

Thursday 14 Oct: Divorce settlements

Divorce can be a costly and stressful process. There is often a misconception that matrimonial assets will be split 50/50 between parties.

How can you be sure you understand all your rights, manage your expectations and reduce stress? How can a solicitor help?

A young woman is pulling her wedding ring from finger. She is sat at a desk and wears a peach shirt, with a form and pen in front of her. Her face is cropped out of the frame.

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. How are divorce settlements calculated?
  2. How are assets valued?
  3. What is marital wealth?
  4. Are debts classed as matrimonial assets?
  5. How can you protect any assets acquired before the marriage? 

Thursday 21 Oct: Menopause in the workplace

Some employers are unaware of the protections employees going through menopause have under employment law.  This can have an impact on a female employee’s ability to carry out her duties. To ensure the retention of valuable skills and minimise disputes, the potential impact of the menopause and appropriate support must be considered.

A white older woman with mid length grey hair is sitting at a desk with a laptop in front of her. She is leaning with her hands on her neck, and looks tired and frustrated.

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. How does the Equality Act 2010 protect employees when going through the menopause?
  2. What obligations does an employer have to menopausal employees under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?
  3. Can I ask for adjustments to my job role, working hours or conditions so I can better manage my menopausal symptoms?
  4. My employer is not sensitive to the impact the menopause is having on my performance and I’m at the end of my tether. If I feel compelled to resign, can I claim constructive dismissal?
  5. Can I claim unfair dismissal if I am dismissed because my performance has dropped due to menopausal symptoms?

Thursday 28 Oct: Including pets in your will

It’s estimated that over 17 million households in the UK own a pet. With most pet owners considering their pets to be part of their family, it’s no surprise that many would want to ensure they were taken care of after their death.

A golden retriever is sitting next to a grey and white cat. The cat is rubbing its head on the dog, and there is a bowl in front of them.

We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat:

  1. How can you include your pet in your will? 
  2. Do you have to include your pet in your will? What happens if you don’t?
  3. Do different animals need different provisions – for instance, hamsters compared to dogs?
  4. Do you need to update your will every time you get a new pet? 
  5. Can you leave part of, or even, your whole estate to your pet in your will?

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