Like many firms, McMahon & Williams Solicitors have received a number of enquiries regarding making a Will during the Covid-19 situation. We are working and are available to assist clients who wish to make a Will or update their existing Will in line with the guidelines issued by the Law Society. Click on the link to read about Covid-19 changes and how to go about making your Will.
The electoral register is not updated until 15th February. Therefore anyone who registered to vote in the last year, or changed the address to which their polling card is sent, will not appear on the electoral register in the event of there being an election prior to 15th February. Members of the public should check with their local authority to ensure that they are put on the supplementary register, and would need to do this at least 15 days before the date of the election.
More information can be found here: https://www.thejournal.ie/general-election-2020-draft-register-problem-4964913-Jan2020/?utm_source=shortlink&utm_campaign=email_share
Whilst we strongly encourage people to buy locally we appreciate that there may be some things that you have to order online. Below is an interesting Quiz from the Journal.ie in relation to your rights when you buy online.
Stamp Duty on commercial property increased 7.5% from midnight on 8th October 2019.
Inheritance Tax threshold from parent to child has been increased to €335,000.00 effective from 9th October 2019. Group B and Group C thresholds remain unchanged.
Further information can be found here https://www.revenue.ie/en/corporate/press-office/budget-information/2020/budget-summary-2020.pdf
You know the saying, however, where there’s a Will there is also a clear and concise statement of a person’s wishes on how they want their property to be dealt with on their death. Making a Will ensures that when you die, your estate is dealt with the way you want it to be. That is not to say that your property goes to the State if you don’t make a Will, it is dealt with under the rules of intestacy, which is for another day!
Below is a link to a law society article which you may find very helpful in explaining and assisting you in preparing to make a Will.
We in McMahon & Williams specialise in Will making and Probate advice and would be delighted to hear from you.
For advice or to book an appointment, please contact us on 0659051009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Parental Leave (Amendment) Act was signed into Law on 22nd May 2019. Among the changes are an increase in parental leave to 22 weeks from 1st September 2019 (an additional 4 weeks on current entitlements), with a further increase by 4 weeks, to 26 weeks, from 1st September 2020. The maximum age of the child for whom parental leave can be taken has been increased from 8 years to 12 years.
In addition, from November 2019, 2 weeks paid parental leave will be introduced, which can be taken during the first 12 months of the baby’s life. This will be paid at the same rate of maternity and paternity benefit (currently €245.00). This is a non-transferable benefit.
Almost a year since the introduction of new Data Protection Rules, the Data Protection Commissioner has issued guidance to address confusion among parents, schools and children’s organisations, over the taking and publication of photos.
New court rules have been introduced under the Domestic Violence Act, 2018.
Having taken a number of disability discrimination cases at McMahon and Williams, we await the decision of the Supreme Court with great interest. The outcome of this case on reasonable accommodation will have significant implications for the rights of disabled persons at work or seeking to enter the workforce.
A welcome decision of the WRC on discriminatory dismissal on the ground of disability.