#SolicitorChat: upcoming topics

#SolicitorChat topics in January

In January, #SolicitorChat is covering these interesting topics:

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

Thursday 7 January: making a will in 2021 

Making a will in 20212020 brought many unexpected events so we’ll be starting 2021 by discussing how you can help to protect yourself from the unexpected by making a will. From providing for your loved ones to giving you peace of mind about the future, we’ll be asking how a specialist solicitor can help when writing or updating your will.

  1. Talk us through the process of making a will during the pandemic and how a solicitor can help.
  2. What could happen to your estate if you die without a valid will in place?
  3. What are the risks of using a DIY wills kit or an unregulated service?
  4. Why is it important for everyone, no matter their age, to consider making or updating their will?
  5. Why is the new year a good time to make or update your will?

Thursday 14 January: advice for house hunters 

Advice for house huntersPurchasing a home is likely to be one of the biggest transactions you will make in your life and the process can be complicated. During #SolicitorChat, we’ll be discussing how a solicitor can help you to avoid costly mistakes and what you can do if your house sale or purchase is delayed due to coronavirus.

  1. Talk us through the process of purchasing a new home.
  2. How can a solicitor help someone throughout the conveyancing process?
  3. What mistakes do people tend to run into without expert advice from a specialist solicitor?
  4. What can people do if their house purchase or sale is delayed due to coronavirus?
  5. What should buyers bear in mind when it comes to the stamp duty holiday?

Thursday 21 January: road traffic accident claims 

Road traffic accident claimsBeing involved in a road traffic accident can be an overwhelming experience that can sadly leave those involved with lasting physical and mental injuries. During #SolicitorChat we’ll be discussing the process of making a road traffic accident claim and how your solicitor will support you through the process.

  1. Talk us through the process of making a road traffic accident claim.
  2. What information does someone need to provide to their solicitor when making a Road Traffic Accident claim?
  3. Do you have to be the driver of a car to make a road traffic accident claim?
  4. Are there any time limits on making a road traffic accident claim?
  5. How can a solicitor help a client access medical rehabilitation?

Thursday 28 January: explaining legal jargon 

Explaining legal jargonLegal terms and phrases are second nature to solicitors, but to clients, they can often sound like confusing jargon. During #SolicitorChat we’ll be discussing the importance of legal terminology and how solicitors can make sure their clients fully understand their cases.

  1. Why are legal terms and phrases so important in contracts and cases?
  2. Why is taking a tailored approach when explaining legal terms important to ensure clients understand their case?
  3. What should a client do if they’re unsure what a legal term means?
  4. What are the most common legal terms and phrases you have to explain to your clients?
  5. Should legal terms be replaced completely with plain English alternatives?

#SolicitorChat topics in February

In February, #SolicitorChat is covering these interesting topics:

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 4 February: LGBT+ History Month 

Pride FlagFebruary 2021 is LGBT+ History Month, raising awareness of the prejudice the LGBT+ community has faced and how we can help to combat it today. But what should someone do if they’re being discriminated against at work because of their sexuality or gender identity? And how can a solicitor help employers make sure their workplace is a safe and welcoming environment for members of the LGBT+ community? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolictorChat.

  1. What is the Equality Act 2010 and the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and how do they protect employees?
  2. Talk us through the direct and indirect discrimination LGBT+ employees may face in the workplace.
  3. What should someone do if they feel they’re being discriminated against at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity? How can a solicitor help?
  4. How can employers make their company a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT+ employees?
  5. Why is it important for solicitors not to make assumptions about clients, specifically members of the LGBT+ community?

Thursday 11 February: Legal advice for unmarried couples

Legal advice for unmarried couplesDuring lockdown, many unmarried couples moved in together. As Valentine’s Day approaches, many couples may be wondering what they can do to celebrate this year – so why not give each other the gift of protecting their future? From cohabitation agreements to updating your will, we’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. What key legal considerations should unmarried couples think about when moving in together?
  2. How do unmarried couples' rights differ from married couples? Does this change after a certain amount of time living together?
  3. What is a cohabitation agreement and how can it protect unmarried couples living together?
  4. Should unmarried couples moving in together think about making or updating their wills?
  5. What top legal tips would you give to unmarried couples living together?

Thursday 18 February: Digital assets and wills

Digital assets and willsTechnology is a huge part of modern life and our digital assets include everything from photos to online banking and email accounts. A survey commissioned by the Law Society found that 93% of those who have a will have not included their digital assets. But what are considered digital assets? And how can a solicitor help you to plan your digital legacy? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. What are considered ‘digital assets’?
  2. What are the key issues relatives face when trying to deal with a deceased loved one's digital assets?
  3. How can someone include digital assets in their will?
  4. What happens to your online subscriptions and digital downloads after you die?
  5. How can a solicitor help you plan your digital legacy?

Thursday 25 February: Selling a home after a relationship breakdown

Selling a home after a relationship breakdownGoing through a relationship breakdown can be a difficult time which can be more complex if you share joint assets such as a home. But what are the different types of home ownership couples may have? And how can a solicitor help separating couples sell their home? We’ll be discussing this and more during #SolicitorChat.

  1. What are the different types of home ownership couples may have? What rights to the home does this give each party?
  2. What is an ‘occupational order’ and how can it impact separating couples selling a home?
  3. Is it best to sell a home before or after a divorce or civil partnership dissolution is finalised?
  4. If the home is in one party’s name but the other party has made financial contributions, are they entitled to any equity of the home?
  5. If separating partners can’t reach an agreement when dealing with equity shares of a house, how can a solicitor help?