Advisers to provide free legal advice in Brynteg

Advisers to provide free legal advice in Brynteg

Staff from two of Wrexham's best known advice offices will be providing free legal advice at outreach sessions being held every Tuesday morning in Brynteg. From March 1st local residents will be able to get free, independent, impartial and confidential advice between 9:30 and 11:30am at Brynteg Community House.

The sessions will be manned by lawyers from GHP Legal, who will be working alongside an already existing service provided by Citizens Advice Bureau. GHP Legal will provide free legal advice on all kinds of matters including matrimonial and civil partnership problems, issues relating to children, business start-up, employment, compensation claims.   Citizens Advice staff will be on hand to give advice on issues from A to Z, which will include benefits, debt, housing and related legal issues.

Nathan Wright, a solicitor in the Family Department of GHP Legal who will be in attendance at the sessions, said: "in Family matters and many other areas of law, people often need initial advice to help them make an informed decision about which way to go next. At that stage making an appointment to see a solicitor can be daunting, but being able to just drop in, chat through the problem and get information informally can help them get to that next stage more comfortably."

County lawyer says insurance companies are the only winners in no-win no-fee system revamp

County lawyer says insurance companies are the only winners in no-win no-fee system revamp

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Q:  I run a PR agency and often take journalists and clients out to lunch to foster good relationships. I am however concerned about these new Bribery laws that are soon to kick in. From what I have read, it appears any entertaining I might do for the benefit of my clients could have implications for me and them. Can you clarify how this new legislation could impact on corporate entertaining? - More...
Q&A - Is anyone responsible for caravan warranty if manufacturer goes bust?

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Q:  We bought a new caravan two summers ago. Over Christmas we went to use it as overspill accommodation for the family and discovered it was letting in water along the guttering joint. We have since contacted the dealer we bought it from and been told the manufacturer has gone out of business. Although the manufacturer was bought out by another company the dealer advised us that the warranty is worthless because the liabilities were not assigned to the new owners. The dealer wants £1,200 to repair the leak and water damage. What can we do? - More...
Q&A - I have been laid off work and am owed wages. What shall I do?

Q&A - I have been laid off work and am owed wages. What shall I do?

Q:  I have been working in a new job for 2 months.  Yesterday we were told we were all being laid off because payments due to the Company had not been received.  Today I contacted the Company's purported creditor and discovered the payments have been made. I am very suspicious and owed a month's wages. What can I do? - More...
Vital legal advice needed to protect inheritance from divorce

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County residents advised to protect assets from care home fees liability

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Q&A - What happens to partnership share when one partner dies?

Q&A - What happens to partnership share when one partner dies?

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Q&A - Should we leave estate to sons so they can care for disabled sibling?

Q&A - Should we leave estate to sons so they can care for disabled sibling?

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Q&A - How best can I protect my little one's inheritance if I die?

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Third Mental Health accreditation for county law team

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Q&A - How can I control how I am treated after I lose my faculties?

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Free legal clinics for Llangollen

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MEDIATION -V- LITIGATION

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Local lawyer praises Ministry of Justice over claims clamp down

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Q&A - I want to claim for my accident injuries but can't face going to Court

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