Q: We own our house, but are having real problems with tenants next door who have several dogs and a new puppy. The dogs have barked constantly for the last two months and despite numerous requests their owners have done nothing. We have complained several times to the landlord who has agreed with our concerns and issued warnings but to no avail. We have complained to the council who have told us they are sending out a warning letter, but I wondered if there was anything more we could do, from a legal point of view, to put further pressure on them?Read more
Q&A - Social services say I cannot care for grandchildren who are in temporary foster care. Can I challenge my assessment?
Q: Social Services have started court proceeding in respect of my grandchildren and they have been placed in foster care. I desperately want them to come and live with me but I have been negatively assessed by Social Services because they don’t think I am able to care for them. I don’t agree with the assessment and I think a lot of positive factors have been ignored. What can I do?Read more
Q: My friend has been subjected to abuse from her husband for years. The abuse is verbal and controlling rather than physical, so she is able to hide it. She won’t leave him because she is a stay at home mum with no money of her own and she believes that unless she actually divorces him and gets a share of their assets and maintenance she won’t be able to survive. In the meantime she can’t afford to go through the process of divorce. Surely there is something she can do?Read more
Q: I’m a packer in an export firm. The boss lives abroad and the manager, who is my estranged elder brother, reckoned he found parcels I hadn’t sealed properly. He reported me and the boss told him to give me a warning. When I attended a disciplinary meeting he lied about everything. I was so upset I’m now signed off work with stress. He said he could prove I hadn’t done the job properly because there were CCTV cameras in the warehouse. Could I have them for spying on me with CCTV when they never informed me?Read more
Q: My son went for a night out in town when he was on Army leave and ended up in the police station where he tragically died. There has been a police inquiry but I don’t know the outcome. Now there is going to be an inquest. How can I find out what people say happened so I don’t have to hear it for the first time at the inquest? Will the Coroner explore the events leading to his death?Read more
Q: My aunt has asked me to be the main executor of her Will. Among other assets, she owns two rental properties that were purchased outright and left to her by her late husband many years ago and which have been managed and let by an agent since his death. I have suggested to her that they may not be registered and this could cause a problem when they are sold but she insists not. I don’t think she understands the implications. Could you please outline them so that I can show her?Read more
Q: We are a successful business about to open two new offices and are looking to build our own intranet-based personnel system with a virtual two-way access platform. As there will be personal information stored and shared on it, what should we be aware of regarding data protection?Read more
Q: I visited my son in prison last week and I have been so worried about him ever since. He is usually so outgoing but this time he was very withdrawn and didn’t want to talk. He even cut the visit short. He said he didn’t feel well but he kept looking around him and seemed very nervous. The more I think about it the more I am sure he is being bullied. I don’t know whether I should say something in case he is too afraid to say anything himself, but I don’t want to make things difficult or worse for him. Can you advise me what I should do?Read more
Q: My wife informed me yesterday that she is to divorce me on grounds of unreasonable behaviour. How can she say this when I have never behaved in such a way and she is telling lies?Read more
Q&A - Authorities say we can't get our son out of care home where he is unhappy because he lacks capacity. Is this true?
Q: My 19 year old son suffers from cerebral palsy and has recently been moved to a Young Adult Care Home. I am told that he is subject to a “DOLS”. I agreed to him being placed in the Care Home at the time but I don’t think he should be in the current care home anymore. He has told me that he is very unhappy there and I have raised this with the Local Authority but have been told that there is nothing we can do because he lacks capacity to make decisions. Is this true?Read more