Legal Archive


by Niall Colgan The public consultation recently announced by the Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, on the draft General Scheme of legislative provisions for advance healthcare directives to be incorporated into the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013, should be of interest to all of us. Making the announcement, Minister Reilly said that AHD’s


Buying goods online and Consumer Law Generally By Niall Colgan Solicitors & Co The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. It is the Monday after Thanksgiving in the US and it is arguably one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. In Ireland around €4bn

Wills and the importance of making a will

It is important to make a will as it ensures after your death that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. There are also some tax considerations involved and by leaving your assets in a particular way you can limit the tax to be paid by your beneficiaries. What if you die without making

Know your rights: rights of cohabitants

Question: I have been living with my partner for 10 years now. He was previously married and has two grown-up children. If he were to die, could I claim a widow’s pension, and what would happen to the house we live in, which he owns? Answer: There is no social welfare pension for people whose

Know Your Rights: Sunday working

Question: I am currently unemployed and getting Jobseeker’s Benefit. I work in a bar on Sundays and I don’t work any other days. I hear that the rules about working on a Sunday are changing. What is the change? Answer: Since 20 February 2013 Sunday working is taken into account when calculating the amount of

Know Your Rights: School closure due to bad weather

Question: My daughter is sitting her Leaving Certificate in June 2013. What happens if we have a spell of bad weather this winter and her school closes? Will the days lost be made up? Answer: Post-primary schools are obliged to open for 167 days per year. The decision to close a school rests with the

Know Your Rights: Shopping in the sales

Question: I’m looking forward to shopping in the post- Christmas sales. What are my consumer rights when shopping during a sale? Answer: You have exactly the same rights when shopping in the sales as you do at any other time of the year. This means that anything sold in a sale must be of merchantable

The Personal Insolvency Bill 2012

The Personal Insolvency Bill 2012 was published on the 29th of June 2012 and is expected to become law by mid-November.The proposals involve a voluntary debt settlement procedure to help people sort out their finances outside of formal court insolvency. This procedure will involve three strands for obtaining personal debt relief as follows: - a