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
Q: I am looking to open a high street hairdressing salon and have been offered a lease. The shop front is perfect but I need to renovate the inside and possibly knock walls down. As the inside is dark, I would also like to put in a skylight? Could I make these alterations to a rented property?Read more
Q: I am due in court next month and the way things are looking I am worried that I may end up going to prison. As I’ve never been in a prison before I don’t know what to expect. I’m especially worried about the effects it will have on my children. Will they be able to visit me in prison? And if they can visit me will they have to go through things like being searched? What will happen if they get upset or bored, will it mean my partner will have to cut short the visit?Read more
Q: Sadly my husband and I have separated and I now desperately want a divorce, but am holding off because one of the many issues I face is that I am unable to cover the cost of the divorce myself. I have been told that the court fee and solicitor fees could be in the region of a few thousand pounds, so given my financial situation I feel this is not an option. What can I do?
Q: My father worked in a local steelworks until it shut. He retired early but he never got the chance to enjoy his retirement because he was troubled with chest illness which got worse and worse and then he died at a relatively young age. My family and I have been told that his illness was almost certain to have been caused by the environment where he worked and that we should put in a claim for compensation. Someone told me recently that there is a Group Litigation Order with the time limit of the 23rd February 2018 to make a claim in. Should I make a claim through my local solicitors or should I use one of the two law firms acting for the Group?Read more
Q: My husband and I have separated owing to his unpleasant, aggressive behaviour towards me. We constantly row and now I have finally told him I want to bring the marriage to an end on the basis of his unreasonable behaviour. He is really angry and says this is not what he wants. He is threatening that if I try to divorce him he will defend any proceedings and make sure the whole process is as expensive and unpleasant for me as he can. I just don’t know what to do. Can you advise me?Read more
Q. My husband is addicted to gambling. I work full time and pay money into the joint account as I have throughout our marriage. Since losing his job, the gambling has got worse. He is using the fixed odds gambling machines in the bookies and is draining our funds. What can I do? Are there grounds for divorce?Read more
Q: My long time wife and I divorced nine years ago. We agreed on the divorce as we both realised we no longer loved each other. As we agreed we did not instruct solicitors, just paid the Court fee, did everything else ourselves and then went our separate ways. I now live with a new partner and we intend to buy a property together. As we didn’t deal with finances when we got divorced, can my ex-wife claim against my assets?Read more
Q&A - Do the Terms and Conditions for my Love Doll business override the manufacturers Terms & Conditions?
Q: I run a successful business that sells love dolls. However, a dispute has arisen with my UK manufacturer as a number of the dolls keep malfunctioning and I have had several customers return the products for full refunds.Read more
Q. My ex has been refusing to let me see the kids since I began a new relationship. It’s just sheer spite on her part because the kids have met my new partner and they really like her. I thought perhaps I could take her to court but my mate at work says he went through something similar and he was told he would have to prove he’d tried to resolve the issue through mediation before he could go to Court. What exactly is mediation?Read more