Laying Down The Law - Is It Illegal to Carry a Small Knife?

I sometimes carry a knife around the house and my workshop for odd jobs and sometimes I forget to take it out of my pocket when leaving the house. Is it illegal to carry a small knife in these circumstances?

A knife can be an illegal offensive weapon if possessed for anything other than a lawful excuse. But it is also an offence to carry any knife or sharp bladed instrument unless it is a folding lock-knife with a blade of less than three inches. While I don't doubt your integrity, this is one of those situations where you are better safe than sorry, and remember to leave the pen-knife or whatever at home. There aren't so many horses suddenly needing a stone taken out of their hoof these days.

My son and his wife separated, and sold the home - the proceeds of the sale were divided, any joint debt cleared. Since then both have bought property. However, my son's wife has accumulated massive debt and I am concerned creditors will coming knocking his door looking for a contribution. They have not divorced.

As long as the debt is in your ex-daughter-in-law's name alone, your son cannot be made liable to the bank or lender. The wife cannot claim back from him any share unless the debts were incurred before the date of separation, and for proper family purposes. Her own spending, and anything after the split is hers alone.

My dad passed away in December there I'm the eldest son and got told on the morning before my dad's funeral by my younger brother that I wasn't on my dads will, but I was informed by my stepsister about three year ago just before my stepmum passed away that I was getting put back on my dad's will. Could I contest this decision and how do I go about this and do I have the right to see the will?

If your dad made his will when sane and sober you cannot contest it. However, as son you have a right to share in his estate event if not mentioned or excluded in the will. He can will his house to whomever he likes, but money and other assets are subject to a claim by all children for legal rights, and that cannot be defeated by disinheritance. You don't have a legal right to see the will, but if you make a claim for legal rights through a solicitor you will get to know its contents as part of that process.

I bought a second-hand car. The central locking was not operating. They asked me to bring the car in. I took the car into a private garage first and was told me that there was an electronics problem and that is why the central locking was not working, and to ask the dealers to fix it for me. When I took the car in they were rude and said in order for the locking to be fixed I would need to pay for the parts and labour as I had not bought an extended warranty.

Nonsense. They either don't know or don't care about their obligations under consumer law. Unless the fault was either pointed out to you or obvious at a glance, it is a latent defect. This forms a legal warranty, even if the car is second hand, and even if you declined to buy an additional warranty. Demand to speak to the dealership owner. You have the right to a free repair at very least.

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