The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 came into effect on 26 April 2023. It is a law that establishes a new legal framework for supported decision-making in Ireland. It allows for people who may have difficulty in making decisions, to make legal agreements on how they can be supported to make decisions about their welfare, property and affairs.
Once again, we were awarded a Gold Standard Q6000 Legal Quality Mark by the Institute of Legal Research and Standards in recognition of procedures in place for the provision of legal services.
Update - 15th November 2022
What will happen to your care, care of dependents, possessions and financial matters if you are no longer able to make informed decisions for yourself? To prepare for this possibility, you can make an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA).
A new law to ensure workers fairly receive their tips and gratuities has been passed by the Oireachtas. New regulations will give effect to the law after consultations with employee and employer organisations.
We were recently audited by The Institute of Legal Research and Standards and were successful in achieving a ‘Gold’ Q6000 legal standards award. The Q6000 is an advanced practice, risk and quality management standard awarded to solicitors’ firms who have demonstrated exceptional levels of client, practice and risk management. We excelled in all areas of the rigorous audit and achieved an exceptional overall rating of 99%!
Everybody’s situation is different and deserves to be discussed individually but there are certain nuggets of advice that will apply to most situations:
There have been many media reports citing huge increases in separation and divorce rates in Ireland since Covid-19 forced us all to stay at home. It is true that there has been a rise in divorce rates in Ireland. The Court Services Annual Report shows that the numbers of court applications were:
If making a will in 2021, there are things to consider that we didn’t have to many years ago. There are many principles, however, that remain the same. Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked.
The M11 Gorey to Enniscorthy motorway opened to traffic in July 2019, so Oilgate to Rosslare is now the only section of road from Belfast not of dual carriageway or motorway standard. Wexford County Council is working in association with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to develop an approximate 30km section of road which will link Rosslare Europort with both Dublin via the M11 and Cork/Waterford via the N25.
The route can be seen here and will involve a significant amount of private land being acquired by the Local Authority for the project.
There have been calls from various groups for some time for the Government to step in and examine the awards that are given in personal injury cases. There are a few reasons for this:
We are currently recruiting a Legal Secretary for our office in Enniscorthy. Experience in conveyancing and property transactions is essential.
Equity release loans will now be available in Ireland for the first time since the banking crash in 2008.
Update: November 2021 - This scheme has been extend to the 31st of December 2022.
Gardaí now have a range of new Covid-19 enforcement powers. Previously, Gardaí could only encourage people to abide by regulations. Now, Gardaí can fine those who are non-compliant.