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Explained: A Grant of Probate

When a person dies questions arise as to who is entitled to inherit, who may access bank accounts, and who is the correct person to look after the affairs of the deceased person. Probate is the legal process to gain authority gather in and distribute the assets of a deceased person. The language used in probate is quite technical and may be unfamiliar, so I have created a glossary of some of the terms used. I hope it is of some help.

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Explained: Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is a law intended to offer assistance to people who need additional support in making decisions in relation to their own affairs. The act is applicable to people with particular disabilities, mental health difficulties, illness or other challenges where his or her capacity to make a decision is in question.  It applies to current wards of court who will be discharged from their wardship, and if they are found to still have capacity issues will be offered support most appropriate to their needs.

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Employment Law Update: Public Holidays

The Government has today approved the addition of St. Brigid’s Day (February 1st) as a public holiday, beginning in 2023. The Tánaiste also announced that this year, 2022, there will be a once-off public holiday of 18th March. This is a day of remembrance for the lives lost to Covid-19, and falls on the day following St. Patrick’s Day to allow a for four-day weekend. We are taking this opportunity to remind employers of the obligations that arise around public holidays.

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Guide to Buying a Home

Beginning the Process

The first step is to begin saving to show the bank that you can afford to pay a mortgage. You should save as much as you can after all your living expenses for at least six months. You should also ensure that any debts are cleared or are being serviced, and your financial footprint is healthy.

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European Court of Human Rights Determination on State Immunity in Holy See Case.

In J.C and Others v Belgium, twenty-four individuals had taken a class action in the Belgian Courts against the Holy See, particular Roman Catholic organisations, and a number of senior members of Roman Catholic clergy in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The complainants alleged damage arising from what they described as a ‘structurally deficient’ approach to allegations of child abuse.

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