What is Plagiarism?

The Oxford dictionary defines plagiarism as “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own”

Another definition, by Merriam-Websters online dictionary, states that to plagiarise is “to steal and pass off the ideas or words of another as one’s own” and “to use another’s production without crediting the source.”

In other words, when you use other people’s work without crediting them, you are committing fraud as it steals someone else’s work and lies about it afterwards.

There are ways to avoid plagiarism by acknowledging where the information came from.

Images, videos and music can also be subject to plagiarism. You need to acknowledge the artist, producer and where the music, photo or video came from.

To check that anything you write is not subject to plagiarism, you can download apps like Grammarly, a plagiarism option.

Choosing the right solicitor

When choosing a solicitor, you must research the different solicitors in your area before selecting the right one for you. You can do this through the Legal Complaints Service website.  You can search through solicitors and their specialities on the site and see if they are covered under the regulatory body’s guidelines. However, if you want more personalized advice, then speak to a member of the Law Society or the Legal Complaints Service.

Once you have spoken to a solicitor and received legal advice, it is up to you to follow the legal direction given to you by your solicitor. If you have any concerns or questions about proceeding, you must ask your solicitor for clarification straight away.

If you do not ask, then you will not receive!

When Would You Need a Solicitor in a Property Dispute?

A property dispute is something no one really wishes to get involved in but it does happen and for a couple different reasons. There are those that may feel conflicted over the ownership of property and there can be boundary disputes between neighbours. The second issue can often be a very long and costly situation if allowed to escalate. The best option in a boundary dispute, is making the upmost attempt to get the conflict mediated and come to a negotiation or settlement.

Then there are other claims such as TOLATA, which is typically used when cohabiting partners have a breakdown in their relationship and create a dispute over to whom the property should go to. Additionally, there are situations such as Easements where, neighbours may disagree to a right of passage or drainage etc in which the law can step in and imply an easement, in favour of one party.

There are several other issues with property that could be raised and if things can not be settled by mediation or amongst the individuals involved, solicitors can be brought in.

What Details Go into a Parenting Plan

Family separations are never easy but one thing that can help lay out the ground rules and help keep everyone amiable is by creating a Parenting Plan. This plan is a written document that details what both parents have agreed upon that helps prioritise the best interest of the child or children.

Parenting Plans Can Include, but are not limited to:

• Which parent the children mainly resides with
• How the children’s education, mental or physical health issues are dealt with
• When time is spent with the non-resident parent and extended family
• How communication and information sharing between the parents will be accomplished
• Whether shared care will take place and the details of how that process will work
• How financial support will be provided
• How a parent should introduce new partners into the children’s lives

These plans do not concern any household/financial settlements or division of assets, they are solely based on how issues will be dealt with for any children involve. Parenting plans are a useful tool for ensuring that throughout separation, conflict over the children’s interests are minimised.

Why Should You Get a Power of Attorney?

The importance of a Power of Attorney is greater that most people know. No one really wants to consider being in a situation where they cannot make decisions for themselves, but these things do happen on occasion and it is important to have a plan in place. If something were to befall you that caused you to lose your decision-making capacity and you do not have a Power of Attorney, there is no one that automatically has the right to make decisions on your behalf.

This tends to come to a shock to many people as it is usually assumed that a spouse or close family member would automatically be given this right but this is not the case, unless you have given them legal authority through a PoA. In the case there is not PoA, family members can appeal to be granted these powers but the process is long and expensive. It typically costs around £2,000 and requires a court hearing.