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A Guide to Legal Aid for Family Matters

There are some common misconceptions about the availability of legal aid for family matters, meaning that those that need help to often not seek it out - as they think they are not eligible for it. Legal aid is money to pay a solicitor to represent you, paid by the Legal Aid Agency. Although this may not cover all fees, it can help to assist with advice, negotiations, mediation and even court representation.  Below, we explore the common questions around legal aid for family matters.  What Matters Can I Get Legal Aid For?  There are some common family matters for which legal aid is...

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What Is Retirement Fraud, and How Can I Prevent It? 

Fraud is a rising problem in the UK, and pension scams can sometimes be hard to spot. Scammers can be personable and financially knowledgeable, and even have credible websites - making them harder to spot. How Do Pension Scams Work?  Scammers will contact people via phone, email or text, or may advertise online in small ads. They design attractive offers to entice users, usually with high interest rates or unachievable returns on investment. This money that is stolen may then be:  Invested in high-risk investments overseas  Invested in conventional products but with complex structures  Simply stolen and the scammer disappears  How Do I...

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Importance of A Will for A Business Owner

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Although many of us don’t like to think about it, leaving your business due to death is unavoidable. Therefore, having a solid will in place reduces the risk of losing everything that you have worked hard for. Having a will and plan in place means that you can be assured that your assets will be covered in a way that you wish, and also prevent them from being allocated in courts of law. What is a Business Will?  A will is an agreement that takes the form of a buy and sell option, ensuring a smooth transition of business ownership, in the...

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Traffic Accidents – Should I Use a Defendant Insurer or a Solicitor?

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If you have a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be confused as to whether you need a solicitor, as the defendant insurer may offer you their services. However, although this may seem easy and helpful at first, they sometimes may not act upon your best interest - meaning that you do not get the outcome that you should. Should I use a Defendant Insurer?  It is not advised to use a defendant insurer, as they are not independent and there will be a conflict of interest when dealing with your claim. The less money that they pay to you,...

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Health and Safety in the Workplace – Employers Responsibilities

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Employers have responsibilities for the health, safety and welfare of their employees. In additional to these duties, there are regulations put in place to deal with particular hazards. Employers must effectively control any risks to health that could arise in the workplace. Here are the 4 main areas of responsibility that employers have for employees:  Employer Responsibilities at Work:  1. Adequate Welfare Provisions  Employers need to ensure all staff have access to the necessary facilities to take care of personal needs, including having breaks and staying hydrated. Examples of this are providing staff a place to rest and eat, stay hydrated and accessible toilet...

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What is Identity Theft and How Can I Protect Myself?

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With the rise of online shopping and bank accounts, the number of Identity Theft cases are increasing. Here’s all you need to know, and how to protect yourself. What is Identity Theft?  This is when an individual pretends to be you to access money, credit and other benefits. To acquire this information, they will steal and use your personal information, which may include bank account number.  Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can use it to make purchases, impersonate you to commit a crime and clear out your bank account - which can all do long term damage.  How can I Protect...

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Driving Without Insurance – The Consequences

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Driving Without Insurance - The Consequences Driving without insurance is illegal, but what are the rules and consequences?  What Insurance Should I Have?  By law, the minimum level of insurance that you must have is third party liability cover. You can also add fire and theft insurance, as well as fully comprehensive cover.  Even if you have full insurance, but let someone else who doesn't drive your car, you are liable for this.  What Are the Consequences of Driving Without Insurance?  If stopped, you have 7 days to provide police with up to date insurance certificate. Has to be valid time you were stopped.  Penalties can be...

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The Importance of a Cohabitation Agreement

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Couples thinking of moving in together often don’t think about what would happen with the house if they were to break up, however it is something that they should consider. Whilst married couples enjoy protection if the relationship ends, these rights do not apply to couples cohabiting. Cohabitation is the fastest-growing ‘family type’ in the UK, increasing to 3.3. Million in the last year. When a cohabiting couple break up, the ownership of their home is likely to take up a large amount of dispute. This is because both parties claim that they have a share in the property, contributing financially...

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Holiday Fraud and How to Avoid It

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Fraud can result in weeks and months of legwork to put right, as well as high inconvenience associated with putting things right. Holiday fraud can also have the emotional trauma related with it, as not only have you lost your money, but the disappointment of missing out on a break that you’ve been looking forward to. Every year, thousands of people fall victim to holiday fraud - whether it be related to accommodation, flights or entire holidays. They can fall victim to fake online advertisements, emails and phone calls - and what’s more, these advertisements may sometimes appear on legitimate websites....

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The Importance of a Will for Unmarried Couples

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In order to ensure that your estate passes in lines with your wishes once you die, it is recommended that everyone has a valid Will. This is also vital for unmarried couples, who wish to provide for their partner and their children in the event of death. Under intestacy rules, if marriage has not been taken out then the surviving partner or children would not be provided for, which could lead to stress and serious financial issues. This also applies to the send-off of their loved ones, as without being appointed as an Executor, the surviving partner will have no say...

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