Resources & FAQ

We have put together questions below that we often get asked, we hope you find these useful. If something you need to know is not covered, please feel free to email us at and we will revert asap.

Why make a Will?
A will is a legal document in which a person called the Testator (male) or Testatrix (female) sets out his or her wishes in relation to the manner in which he/she wishes for their assets to be distributed upon death. A will can dispose of all property which the testator/testatrix is beneficially ent ...
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Do I need a Power of Attorney?
Dementia is a most distressing diagnosis to get, both for the patient and for their loved ones.  A lot needs to be considered. If it is in the early stages then there are certain legal steps that can and perhaps should be taken the patient.    The law does provide a remedy for this ...
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What can I do if I am bullied at work?
What is bullying? Bullying is legally defined as “repeated inappropriate behaviour, direct or indirect, whether verbal, physical or otherwise, conducted by one or more persons against another or others, at the place of work and/or in the course of employment, which could reasonably be regarde ...
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How Long Do You Have to Take a Claim?*
What is the rush? The Statute of Limitations Act 1957 and the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Act to prevent perpetual litigation. In other words, this legislation ensures that there is a specific timeframe imposed on someone who wishes to take a claim for a wrong done on to them. These limitati ...
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Who Sues? *
A client said something to me recently that jarred with me. It was in the context of explaining to me that instructing Cantillons Solicitors was a last resort and that she wasn’t the “type of person” to sue. It seems that in her workplace (she works in a hospital), the general cons ...
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What costs are the associated with a medical negligence action?
If you are a victim of medical negligence, then you, as an individual, invariably will have pain and/or have a disability which will impact on your social, domestic and industrial life.  This has a devastating consequence for the family unit.  Your loved ones will have to bear the emotiona ...
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Initial meeting with my solicitor after an accident - what should I bring and what should I ask?*
At Cantillons Solicitors we are breaking down the perceived archaic view of Solicitors and their offices. Heretofore your family solicitor was almost like a God and the possibility of a meeting with him or her could have been very daunting. Now, more than anything, it appears that one needs a lawyer ...
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How do I access my medical records?
As previously discussed on this blog, when a client wishes to investigate a personal injury claim*, their medical records are a key element in building a case. Individuals are entitled to access their personal medical records and can do so in a number of ways. The most usual methods to access record ...
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What can my Solicitor do for me if I trip and fall in a public place?*
If you have had the misfortune of falling and sustaining an injury in a public place, you may be entitled to compensation for that injury. We, at Cantillons Solicitors, have many years’ experience of taking actions against Local Authorities. We have acted for pedestrians who have had accidents ...
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Fatal Injuries* - What happens to those left behind?
Fatal injury actions are claims where a person has died as the result of a wrongful act of another person or institution and the dependants of that person take legal proceedings against the wrongdoer. Part IV of the Civil Liability Act 1961 as amended governs the type of action, who can take such ...
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Can I complain about my Doctor?
If you are concerned about the treatment received from your doctor you may be considering making a complaint.  What are the options? First Steps We at Cantillons Solicitors will be happy to advise you and to consider the most appropriate route for your particular complaint. In the first ...
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How can I bring successful medical negligence claim?*
Medical negligence is an extremely complex area of law. As a consequence, it can be very difficult to bring a successful claim. My boss, Mr. Ernest Cantillon, likens the whole process to entering the Grand National horse race, with many hurdles that need to be jumped to reach the finishing line, nam ...
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What can I do if I suffer injuries as a result of a crime?*
If you have been a victim of a crime which has caused you injury you may be entitled to compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.   What is the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal? The Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal was set up on the 8th May 1974 to admin ...
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How do I get access to my medical records?
When a client wishes to investigate a personal injury claim*, their medical records are a key element in building a case. For example, if you take a claim against a hospital/doctor for an injury suffered that you believe was the result of medical negligence, or if you have been involved in a road tr ...
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Which Court? An Explanation of the Court System in Ireland
At the heart of the Irish legal system are the courts as provided for by the Constitution.   Currently there are seven courts (soon to be eight) in Ireland being the:- District Court Circuit Court High Court Supreme Court Special Criminal Court ...
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Why should I make a will?
Making a will allows you to decide who gets what. A properly prepared will ensures that your assets are allocated the way you intended.   It allows the Executor of your will to distribute your estate according to your wishes. A will significantly reduces the chances of family, frien ...
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The Injuries Board
What is the Injuries Board? * The Injuries Board, formerly known as PIAB, is a statutory body which was established under the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003. The function of the Injuries Board is to calculate the amount of compensation owing to a person who has suffered a personal inju ...
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Road Traffic Accidents - am I entitled to compensation?
* If you have had the misfortune of being injured as a result of a road traffic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. This applies not just to drivers but also to pedestrians, motorcyclists and passengers. Each driver on the road is obliged to have, at a minimum, third party cover and s ...
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