July 26th, 2016
As schools, colleges and universities break up for summer, there’s all sorts planned. Pokémon Go—gotta catch ’em all—might keep you busy. For some, a fun-packed holiday abroad is on the cards.
But many students will start a new job. Summer is an ideal time to gain new skills—and earn some cash!
There’s usually a summer job to suit everyone. You could be volunteering overseas or working in residential summer camps, outdoor centres, festivals or holiday parks.
Wherever you end up, it’s worth being aware of the law and how it can help you.
There are laws covering the type of work you can and can’t do, minimum wages, working hours and rest breaks, to name just a few.
To find out more about employment law for young people, visit the Citizens Advice website.
Article categories: Advice
February 11th, 2016
Thousands conned in online dating fraud
Online dating sites do bring lonely hearts together. But, for some, online dating has led to heartbreak—and a sudden drop in their bank balance.
One in four Britons now use online dating websites, reports consumer body Which?
But thousands of users each year are tricked into fake relationships and conned out of their hard-earned cash. According to Action Fraud, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £9,500.
How online dating scams work
Scammers groom their victims before asking for money or other favours. Their eye-catching profiles look real. They often pose as members of a profession. Conman Amir Tofangsazan stole thousands from victims, passing himself off as a doctor and a barrister.
To find out more about online dating scams, and for tips on protecting yourself, visit the Action Fraud website.
Legal advice and help
It can be hard to know for sure if someone is telling the truth about who they are and their profession. But there are some things you can check. See our FAQs to learn how to find out if someone is really a lawyer.
If you’ve been targeted by an online dating scam, report it to Action Fraud.
If you’re looking for legal advice, learn about types of lawyers or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
September 28th, 2015
Moving up a year at school, starting college or leaving education to start work—autumn is a time of new beginnings for the young.
For most, these are exciting times, studded with new challenges and opportunities.
But young people can experience legal problems just as serious as those of adults. When you’re young, understanding your rights and figuring out where you stand if something goes wrong can be especially confusing. Knowing what to do next is often the hardest thing of all.
Whether you are starting work, thinking about leaving home or need to know your legal rights in the world of education, there’s plenty of help and information out there to make a difference.
Our advice: Understand what your legal rights are, and work out when you might need to get some legal help.
To get you started, we’ve set out some facts and listed sources of information we think you’ll find useful. Take a look at I am a young person with a legal problem.
Article categories: Advice
, Featured Article
September 4th, 2014
Quick question – what have the following celebrities got in common?
Kylie Minogue David Beckham Alan Sugar
No, it’s not that they all have their own fragrance range (unless Lord Sugar plans to release an aftershave this Christmas).
They are all stars that people feel they would turn to if they wanted advice about something (provided they could get in touch with them), according to the latest research from Citizens Advice.
They also found out that people now turn more to internet search engines to get the advice they want than talking to their family.
And advice websites are big business – last year over a third of the UK’s online population visited Citizens Advice‘s Adviceguide website for help.
The research also found that money is the top issue people need help with, followed by work issues.
Sometimes the things we need advice about have a legal feel to them.
Take a look at the Got a legal issue? page on this website to see all sorts of legal situations, and facts from the legal regulators about some of the things to bear in mind.
And if you’re thinking of launching a celebrity fragrance – don’t forget to check out the Types of Lawyers pages and make sure you take care of the legal side of things!
May 19th, 2014
Speaking of good ideas…… the law is on your side if you protect your ideas or inventions.
Intellectual property rights can be protected properly – there’s lots of information about this on the Legal Choices Ideas page.
However even if you have got intellectual property rights you can still be the target of scams or misleading advertising.
These could include being contacted by companies advertising services to help you renew your rights, to list you in a publication, or to help you have a trade mark overseas.
However only four organisations can provide legal protection for UK trade marks, patents and designs (which are the Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.)
In December 2013 the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint about an invoice sent by a company advertising services in this area, but that had no affiliation to the above organisations. The details of the decision are on the Advertising Standards Agency’s website.
The advice is simple – don’t pay a penny if you own intellectual property rights and are contacted out the blue by any company offering services like these until you have done your homework.
If you use a lawyer like a patent or trade mark attorney or a solicitor you can contact them for advice. See the Legal Choices page on patent and trade mark attorneys for more details.