Must-know legal knowledge you should have

Simon Wells
Authored by Simon Wells
Posted Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - 4:20pm

It’s known as a civic duty - the obligation we all have to understand the laws and regulations that apply to where we live, or visit, or choose to do in our life, at least broadly. Most people will only deal with legal procedures a handful of times in their life. Major things like marriage or buying houses are most common, and most of us will have some insight into how those things work. However, the other side of the law, where disputes and defence are needed, is a lot less likely to affect you, and so knowledge of how these things work can be pretty limited at best. As forgivable as that might be, it’s worth getting to grips with a few legal scenarios that can arise in everyday life. 

Getting Injured

Personal injury is very common in the legal world. The reality is that you can end up getting hurt in countless scenarios, from road accidents to getting hurt on the job, even someone’s inaction and negligence can result in harm to another. The key is to act fast. According to McGinley Solicitors, a person has two years from the date of knowledge of the injury to bring forward a claim, so find suitable legal representation and pull together as much medical documentation, date of knowledge, and evidence as possible. All of this is very important for calculating relative compensation and helps build a personal injury claim that’s more likely to be successful.  

Publishing Work

Whether you’re a photographer, a writer or an artist, copyright law and the rights of those you capture in your work are both legal concepts that are fundamentally iron-clad. They protect creators’ work and ability to produce unique, new things. It’s not that you can’t ever use anything for inspiration, in fact, the legal term for republishing someone’s work as part of your own is that its usage must be ‘transformative.’ Understanding this term in a legal context is key, according to Doctor of Law Clinton M. Sandvick, as it can help you avoid very messy disputes.  

Leaving Something Behind 

Many people won’t even consider it until they’re middle-aged, but the legal documentation you prepare for the end of your life is actually incredibly important. Failing to do so typically can mean a lot of your possessions are divided up by the state, and can’t benefit your next of kin and loved ones. Writing a will is fairly complex, so hiring solicitors and discussing it with your family is advisable, to make sure your will is fit for purpose and benefits the right people.  

Working Your Day Job           

HRM America explains that your rights as an employee are actually pretty extensive and the law seeks to protect those that can’t necessarily protect themselves, especially against a major employer with far more resources than their employees. At the forefront of this is the rights you have in the case of dismissal. Though your rights will differ from country to country, you can rarely just be fired for nothing. Ideally, you should be able to defend your corner if your dismissal feels unjust.

There are many more occasions when legal knowledge will serve you very well. This includes knowing what you can (and can’t) do on the road, what to do when speaking to the authorities, what you can do while travelling and even your rights when renting from a landlord. All of these things are protected by legal statutes and there’s never zero chance you might need to deal with a legal claim whether you’re wronged or someone claims against you. In the same way, you might research an investment, doing your research and feeling somewhat confident should the worst happen is the least you can do to prepare for those moments.  

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