8 ways to self-educate about personal injury compensation claims in Moray (and avoid getting ripped off)

One copywriting formula for drafting a magnetic headline for an article employs the Four U approach. The headline should be:

  1. Useful
  2. Ultra-specific
  3. Unique
  4. Urgent

We like Demian Farnworth’s explanation of this system, building an example headline with all 4 elements.

“How to wash dishes”.

Technically, that’s a “useful” headline but it’s too generic to move readers enough to read the article that follows.

So, you make the headline not just useful but also “unique”: [Read more…]

What is Personal Injury Compensation? (An explanation by APIL)

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has launched a guide to personal injury compensation in the form of a colourful 24-page eBooklet – entitled “Compensation Explained”.

It is intended to explain the purpose and method of calculation of compensation, as well as its value to society.

It’s easy to overlook the harsh realities for someone who needs help after an injury.

After all, none of us plans to be injured and, fortunately, few of us will end up in that situation.

However, as we all like to think that we live in a modern, caring society, APIL argues that it is reasonable to expect that someone who is injured as the result of another’s failure to take proper care:

  • should not have to suffer any further, and
  • should not lose out financially as a consequence of their injuries.

[Read more…]

Job Opportunities with Grigor & Young

Solicitor Vacancies

Grigor & Young are a well-known, established High Street firm. We are currently recruiting solicitors for our Elgin and Forres offices. Applications are invited from Solicitors with experience in conveyancing/ commercial and private client areas. You should be a strong team player with the ability to manage a large workload on your own initiative. You will be expected to build up good client relationships and be active in the community. You will be required to live in the area. Regular training will be provided.

Moray is an area of outstanding beauty and provides an ideal opportunity to have a good work/life balance.

Applications in writing to Ann Cruickshank.

ann@grigor-young.co.uk

 

Grigor & Young
1 North St
Elgin

 

Audio Typists / Secretaries

2 Audio typists/secretaries required by us – a busy law firm. One will be based in our Forres office and the other in our Elgin office. Previous experience would be an advantage but an essential requirement is to have the ECDL qualification or have experience with both Word and Excel.

34 hours per week.

Applications in writing to ann@grigor-young.co.uk

Grigor & Young
1 North St
Elgin

How Your Will Can Help Moray Foodbank in November 2017

As in previous years, Grigor & Young will be running a promotion in November 2017 designed to encourage you to make a Will and help charity at the same time.

Would you be willing to support Moray Foodbank this November?

We reported previously how Moray Foodbank is our current nominated charity.

Aiming to reduce the effects of food poverty in the Moray area, in 2016, the Foodbank’s work helped well over 2,000 people.

Virtually all of the food given out by Moray Foodbank is donated by the public. Each person who gets assistance from the scheme receives a minimum of 3 days’ food.

For November 2017, Grigor & Young will be donating £100 from each fee for preparation of a Will to Moray Foodbank.

This is your opportunity to help others and, at the same time, help yourself by getting your affairs in order. [Read more…]

Choosing the Best Feeing Arrangement for your Personal Injury Claim

What are the financial aspects of instructing a solicitor in relation to a personal injury claim?

When it comes down to it, personal injury claims are about money. That may not be the most important thing to you but it is the way the law looks at these claims.

Accordingly, your solicitor’s main aim is to maximise the amount of financial compensation you will receive.

In practice, there are two aspects to the amount of compensation you receive.

[Read more…]

Help for Separated Couples with Children (and it’s free)

The process of family breakdown – and having to adjust to living in separate homes – is difficult for adults and children alike.

A free information session for separated parents is soon to be offered in Moray (in Elgin) for the first time, through AVENUE.

The one-off Parenting Apart Groups will help separated parents to:

  • understand what they and their children are going through
  • help their children cope better
  • work together as parents
  • plan for the future

How does it work?

You sign up for a one-off 3-hour session, which you attend together with other parents who are in similar circumstances (group sizes may vary but will probably be of about 4-6 people). [Read more…]

Why Your Solicitor Gets A Contaminated Land Report when Buying a House

Every year in the UK, we dump about 50 million tonnes of waste in the ground. This would be enough to fill a football stadium like Hampden Park to the brim – 50 times over!

A landfill site at Dunbar in East Lothian takes much of Edinburgh’s rubbish and it has won awards for its high standards. Regulations require the use of barrier layers – such as plastic, clay and soil – to ensure safe storage of the waste. The risk of leaks of toxic fluids and gases has to be managed for generations to come.

The manager at Dunbar is a local man. He has a vested interest in maintaining standards for the benefit of his community. The staff maintain clear records of what has been buried and where. It’s information which will be essential for the council planning departments of the future – when, say, they have to decide if a proposed building development should go ahead on the affected land.

The problem is that security of storage and record-keeping was not always this way.

In the past, considerations like the environment – and even public health – were left out of account when deciding whether a big hole in the ground was a suitable place for a landfill site. The modern regulatory system only came into force as recently as the 1990s. [Read more…]

How Best to Protect Yourself Against the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

If the question is whether we would like to live to be at least 80 years old, most people’s answer would be “yes”.

That’s certainly the response neuroscientist and novelist, Lisa Genova, received from the TED conference audience she asked in April 2017. We all have a hopeful expectation of living into old age.

Lisa then asked her audience to project themselves into their futures and imagine that everyone in the room is 85 years old.

In that scenario, every second person probably has Alzheimer’s dementia. And, if you take the view that “I won’t be one of the ones with Alzheimer’s”, well, you’re still potentially affected by it – as a carer for someone with the condition.

So, on one view, this scary and upsetting disease is unlikely be avoidable for any of us.

On the other hand, given that Lisa’s talk is entitled “What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s”, it’s a relief to know that the remainder of what she says is devoted to explaining why we are not powerless in the face of Alzheimer’s. Why it’s not the case that Alzheimer’s is our brain’s inevitable fate, if we are fortunate to live long enough. [Read more…]

Moray Foodbank is Grigor & Young’s new nominated charity

According to one definition, food poverty occurs when individuals and households are unable to obtain an adequate, nutritious diet. This may be because they cannot afford to buy healthy food or because there is a lack of readily accessible shops.

13 Million people live in poverty in the UK. Every day, people are forced to go hungry. It could be due to delays in benefits coming through or because they have received an unexpected bill which is beyond their means on a low income.

Over 40,000 people volunteer at foodbanks across the nation and some of them channel their efforts into Moray Foodbank. [Read more…]

What Happens To Your Digital Assets After Your Death?

Our digital life will last beyond our own life.

As our lives become more and more digitised, we are creating a new category of personal property, that is, digital assets. This includes online accounts, photos, music and emails.

There are three areas generally identified – to think about and prepare for – when it comes to your digital and online life:

  • Digital assets with financial value, such as online banking, PayPal, online shopping accounts and cryptocurrencies (for example Bitcoin);
  • Digital assets with social value, such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles; and
  • Digital assets of personal significance, such as Cloud storage, Flickr, YouTube and iTunes.

[Read more…]