5 Great Legal Advice Tips

Note: This advice is for the UK

The law governs all aspects of life in modern society, imposing rights and obligations on people, groups and organisations. Not everyone has a comprehensive understanding of the law, which is why many people are unaware of their legal rights when faced with a particular problem or issue.
Few people have sufficient time, money or reason to consult a solicitor when they encounter a legal dilemma, so knowing a few basic points may help. Below are five legal tips:-

Under Section 2 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 (UCTA), no person (or business, group, etc.) can “by reference to any contract term or to a notice… exclude or restrict his liability for death or personal injury resulting from negligence”. This provision is subject to a test of reasonableness, there are circumstances in which a person may be able to limit his liability for negligently causing death or serious injury. In most cases, however, contracts and notices cannot exclude or restrict liability for death or personal injury. Those who erect public notices to the contrary risk being fined. Ordinary members of the public may claim for injury regardless of the terms imposed by the defendant.


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Consumers are often unclear about their legal rights when a product fails or a service causes a problem. Purchasing goods from within the EU via credit card is a sensible option for consumers from a legal point of view, as statutory rights can be relied on to good effect. Credit card companies
provide consumers with automatic refunds for damaged or defective goods, while distance selling regulations give online shoppers the chance to return items unused within a certain period of time.

Unfair contract terms are prohibited by UCTA. Satisfaction notes signed on delivery cannot, for example, deprive buyers of their legal right to return goods after a reasonable opportunity to inspect them.

Tenants’ Right to Quiet Enjoyment

Tenants have the right to quiet enjoyment of their accommodation and a landlord cannot simply enter a property whenever he likes. To maintain his tenant’s quiet enjoyment of a property, the landlord must give written notice of an inspection (or to carry out a repair, etc.) within 24 hours.
The only exception to this rule being an emergency (e.g., the internal water supply pipe is leaking and the tenant is unavailable). Home to many a top property solicitor Warrington and other densely populated towns and cities rely on property rules that have evolved over many years, tenants should
make an effort to learn about their fundamental rights and obligations.

Intestacy rules sometimes appear complex and unfair. To avoid an estate being subject to these rules, an individual must write a Will or set up a trust. Writing a Will can provide great comfort and security for grieving friends and family during an emotionally difficult time. There are also certain tax advantages to setting up an equitable trust that ought to be explored with a solicitor.

Registering a lasting power of attorney is also useful, as this legal document enables the donor to let somebody else make decisions on his behalf if he loses mental capacity. Those decisions may refer to property and financial affairs or health and welfare.

This article was written on behalf of Hughes Carlisle solicitors in Warrington

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