December 21st, 2015
How do you prefer to welcome in the new year?
For some of us it’s all about fireworks and celebrating all night. For others it’s more about having a cup of tea and an early night.
Regardless of your preference, it has to be said that the end of one year and the start of a new one is a great excuse for a party.
Just take a look at the world of celebrities. Every new year’s eve the papers are filled with stories about how the Hollywood A-Listers and our favourite popstars spent their night, jet-setting into the world’s biggest parties with champagne flowing well into 1 January.
For some of those celebrities the past 12 months have bought their fair share of legal concerns. And that’s the theme for our big Legal Choices end-of-year quiz – “Fame, fortune, and legal problems“.
Just 12 questions and at the end you’ll find out your celebrity legal rating – are you heading for an A-List 2016?
Just click here to get started, and see how your fame count compares to others.
Wishing you all the best for 2016 from Legal Choices. And don’t forget, if a legal problem crops up in your world take a look at Legal Choices. There are lots of facts and suggestions to help you stay on track during 2016.
February 13th, 2015
It’s such a short month, and if we’re honest it’s not generally the time of year that brings us the nicest weather.
Not many flowers have popped out of the ground, and a lot of our new year resolutions will have really started to bite the dust during the month.
The start of the year can also be a time when relationships are strained, and many law firms report increased numbers of people seeking advice about their relationships. Of course there can be all sorts of legal considerations for relationships, marriages and civil partnerships, some of which we cover on the ‘families ‘ section of this website.
But let’s not forget there are some reasons to be cheerful during February, that bring people closer together. St. Valentines Day is a highlight for the romantics to step forward and celebrate their relationships. Pancake Day is also there to lift the mood and get people cooking and eating together.
So this February let’s put aside the gloom and celebrate. To get started, Legal Choices has a new fun quiz about the legal side of relationships to help lift the mood.
Just click here to take the quiz. Good luck – and enjoy the rest of February.
October 1st, 2014
According to our poll two-thirds of Legal Choices visitors don’t have a will at all.
Here at Legal Choices we want everyone to know how important it is to make a will. It’s fairly simple to get sorted, and there’s lots of advice out there to help – take a look at our I want to make a will page for example.
If someone dies without a will it can lead to problems for their family and friends to sort things out.
To try and make things easier the Government has bought in changes to speed up the process for dividing money and property of someone who dies without a will. These include:
- new rules meaning that if someone who is childless dies without a will their whole estate passes to their spouse, and
- simpler rules for working out the split of an estate between a spouse and children (including adopted children) when someone dies without a will.
You can read more about these changes here on the Government’s website.
However the easiest way to avoid problems here is… get a will!!
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!
July 21st, 2014
Ah, the great British summertime.
What does it mean to you? Long hot lazy days? Picnics in the park? Ice creams and barbecues?
Of course the reality of our summertime can sometimes be more like torrential rain, wasp attacks, and traffic jams.
At times like that holidays overseas with more guarantee of sunshine can start to look more attractive.
Take the summer of 2012 for example. It had the highest rainfall in the UK for 100 years and saw more than 13 million of us book holidays abroad. In 2013 a survey by ABTA (the Travel Association) found that 21% of us see an annual overseas holiday as the most important necessity in our lives.
With so many of us now taking holidays overseas, and increasingly visiting countries with different laws and legal systems, there is demand for legal advice about situations that happen to us in other countries. However it can be hard to work out how to get that legal advice when you’re back in the UK.
If you need to talk to a lawyer with knowledge of another country’s laws, take a look at our new FAQ to get a few helpful ideas.
And if you are heading off overseas for a holiday soon – don’t forget to pack the factor 30……