Am I entitled to benefits?
Turn2us have a free, easy-to-use, online calculator that you can use to check your entitlement to a range of benefits and tax credits. You can access the calculator here.
The following useful brochure has been produced by Bristol City Council...
What is Legal Aid and do I qualify for it?
Legal aid helps with the costs of legal advice for people who cannot afford it. It funds solicitors and agencies to advise people on their legal problems and, if necessary, represent people in court. In 2013, the Government changed the rules and removed funding from many areas of civil law - you can check whether you and your issue are eligible for legal aid here.
How much notice is my landlord required to give me, in order to end my tenancy?
This would depend on the type of tenancy and the reason for serving the notice. However, for a standard assured, shorthold tenancy, your landlord is required to give two months clear written notice. Please contact an agency providing housing advice for further information.
Is it important for me to make a will?
Yes, because if you die without a will your money and possesions might not be distruibuted as you would have wished. For example, unmarried couples and partners who have not registered a civil partnership can't inherit from each other unless there is a will which would mean that the death of one might create serious financial problems for the other. It is also possible that with a little advance planning you may be able to reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable.
For more information about what happens if someone dies without making a will see Intestacy - who inherits if someone dies without a will?
There are a number of charities that provide a will writing service for free however bear in mind that the charity may expect or encourage you to make a donation.
There are also several schemes that let you have a will drawn up by a solicitor free of charge or for a suggested donation - for example:
Free Wills Month runs twice a year, usually March and October, in specific parts of England and Wales.
Will Aid runs in November. A minimum donation is suggested and spaces are limited so it's worth booking in advance.
What happens if I have to give evidence in court?
If you have seen or heard about a crime, or been the victim of one, you may have to give evidence in court. The experience of attending court can be extremely daunting but You & Co have produced an Interactive Courtroom which allows you understand what's involved before you get there.