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The average cost of funerals is rising steadily in the UK. Last year it was calculated that the average cost of a basic ceremony – including a funeral director, hearse, service and simple coffin - was £3,700 in the UK. In many cases, the deceased’s estate simply isn’t sufficient to cover these costs. And often there are no family members able to pay for a funeral.
If you have been keeping up to date with the news recently you may have heard that the Competition and Markets Authority recently released a report into the state of the legal market. But why have they called for greater transparency? And what does this really mean for you the consumer?
In December, the Competition and Markets Authority published a report into the legal market, stating that legal service providers were not currently offering consumers clarity on aspects of their service such as pricing. And according to recent research commissioned by The Law Superstore, consumers could be overpaying by as much as £500 million a year.
We recently asked a nationally representative audience about the legal market to find out more about purchasing preferences. More than 2,000 people responded to share their views – and the results made for interesting reading.
In recent years, studies have suggested that roughly two thirds of adults have not made a will and that a third of us will die without having ever made one. In legal speak this is known as dying “intestate”.
Since our launch in August 2016, one of the most commonly asked questions here at The Law Superstore is whether we charge website users a fee for using our intelligent comparison platform.
Nobody likes uncertainty. And this is particularly true when it comes to uncertainty over pricing. As any consumer will tell you, the thought of going to the till in a shop to buy goods without knowing the cost can be an unnerving thing. After all, very few of us have the luxury of being able to say that money is no object.
The UK’s legal system can be complicated at the best of times and so it is often the case that the laws of the land often make the distinction between those adjudged to be adults over the age of 18 and those who are considered to be minors.
For many families the issue of parental responsibility may never even be considered to be an issue. However, in more complicated family setups it can become important to understand the nature of parental responsibility and how to apply for it.