Finding consumer and legal advice

Consumer advice and legal help for older people  (Extract from the Golden Guide Northumberland, 2019)

Find personal help locally, and through national helplines. Useful information includes the Telephone Preference Service and the Mail Preference Service to help stop nuisance calls and junk mail at home. Specialist law services for older or disabled people are shown too.

 

Legal Affairs    

Age UK Legal Service                

0800 055 6314

www.ageuk.org.uk

Free initial legal consultation. If you wish to proceed, they explain the costs and carry out the work by post and telephone. Includes Wills and Power of Attorney documents.

 

Civil Legal Advice

0345 345 4345

0345 609 6677 minicom

www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice

www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

Free legal advice if you are eligible for Legal Aid. If not they will signpost you to someone who can help. They cover issues concerned with debt, housing, family problems, education and discrimination.

 

Disability Law Service

0207 791 9800

www.dls.org.uk   

Free legal advice for disabled and deaf people on community care issues, employment and discrimination law. They have a specialist MS officer.

 

Mind Legal Line

0300 466 6463

www.mind.org.uk

Legal information and general advice on mental health, mental capacity, community care etc.

 

Solicitors for the Elderly

0844 567 6173

https://sfe.legal

Lawyers specialising in older people’s issues e.g. wills, paying for care, tax planning, probate etc. Home visits, large print documents and they take time to explain all the issues.

 

Consumer Advice  

 

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline

03454 04 05 06

www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Impartial consumer advice on goods and services, your rights and help with making a complaint. Covers gas and electricity, mail, faulty goods, scams, online shopping, finances etc. Or contact your local Citizens Advice office.

 

 

RIDC (formerly Rica)

0207 427 2460

www.ridc.org.uk

Consumer research for older and disabled people provides free product reports. Includes safe driving for older drivers, choosing central heating controls, cookers, bathing aids and technology products and travel insurance.

 

 

 Telephone Preference Service

0345 070 0707

www.tpsonline.org.uk

Free official service reduces unsolicited sales calls. TPS cannot stop recorded messages, silent calls, scams or genuine market research—only live direct selling calls. Register online or over the phone.

 

 

Mailing Preference Service, FREEPOST 29, LON20771, London W1E 0ZT 

0207 291 3310                  

www.mpsonline.org.uk  

It’s free to register by post to have your name and address removed from direct marketing lists. You can also reduce unaddressed mail.

 

 

Watchdog, BBC

www.bbc.co.uk/consumer

Consumer advice TV programme publishes its consumer reports and information on the website. Includes finance, insurance, energy bills, motoring, rogue traders, scams etc.

 

For more on Money Matters for older people see pages 96-105 in the Golden Guide Northumberland 2019 and pages 96-105 in the Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside 2018.