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Inheritance Tax

As a beneficiary in a will, you only pay inheritance tax if your benefit exceeds a certain amount. This is called the threshold. Any amount below the threshold is tax free. The amount of the threshold will vary depending on your relationship with the deceased. You will have to pay […]

What is the Credit Control Register?

The Central Credit Register (the Register) is the centralised system that collects and stores information about loans.  The Central Bank of Ireland operates the Register under the Credit Reporting Act, 2013.  The Register began to collect personal and credit information from lenders about consumer loans on the 30th June 2017.  […]

Defending your Home Against Intruders

I had an article in the The Advertiser some time ago when the “Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011” came into force (on the 13th January 2012).  The Act sought to clear up the confusion and uncertainty in the Law regarding a person’s right to defend his home […]

Domestic Violence: Barring & Safety Orders Explained

Social Domestic violence in Ireland is mainly governed by the Domestic Violence Act 1996 (as amended). The main aims of this legislation are to protect persons in domestic relationships where their safety or welfare is at risk and to increase the powers of An Garda Siochana to arrest without warrant […]

The Rights of Relationships

Married couples Most people getting married look forward to the actual wedding day and setting up home together, but the couple may not be as aware of the different legal ways of getting married, how marriage will change your legal status, legal prerequisites for marriage, notification requirements, the registration of […]

January Sales……….Online Shopping

Many of us love to shop online, and with such events as the January Sales gaining much publicity, more of us are putting our trust in online sellers of goods and services based elsewhere in the EU/EEA and beyond. While this can be beneficial, there are pitfalls and obstacles for […]

Fraudulent or Exaggerated Personal Injury Claims

General Concern For some time insurance companies and, indeed, the Courts have been concerned with the number of fraudulent or exaggerated claims for compensation for personal injuries and it is not generally well known that this was tackled by the legislature in The Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 (the […]

The Central Credit Register

What is it? The Central Credit Register (CCR) is a secure mandatory national database of personal and credit information on loans.  The register will be maintained and operated by the Central Bank under the Credit Reporting Act 2013. What does it do? From 30th June 2017, lenders including banks and […]

Learner Drivers and the Law: Know your Obligations

Many of you will be familiar with the tragic road traffic accident which occurred in County Cork in 2015, involving a learner driver. The learner driver in question failed to yield at a junction and  collided with another vehicle, causing the untimely deaths of a mother and her daughter.

Dash Cams and Drones

We have all become used to the camera phone however readers may be interested to note that more and more people are mounting dash board cameras on their private cars and commercial vehicles also the presence of drones taking images over public places is also becoming a common sight.