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Advicenow guides provide an attractive and readable introduction to common legal problems. We aim to provide practical help - not just explaining the law, but also explaining the processes you can use to help resolve your problem. We use real-life stories, quizzes, cartoons and top tips from people who have been through it to get our message across. Above all, we aim to produce good, accurate writing that provides you with the information you need.

We select topics that get lots of queries on the website, or based on what staff in advice agencies up and down the country tell us are the most common issues people raise with them. We generally produce these longer guides in partnership with people with particular expertise in that field.

The Legal Services Commission used to fund this work but stopped in April 2010. We know how much people need this information so we are doing our best to keep it up-to-date and available for as long as possible. The Ministry of Justice has helped us to update some of these guides.

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