​ሕግንና ደንብን በተመለከተ እርዳታ ማግኘት ይፈልጋሉን? - Amharic | هل تحتاج لمساعدة قانونية؟ - Arabic | ܤܢܝܼܩܵܐ ܝ݇ܘ̤ܬ ܠܗܲܝܵܪܬܵܐ ܩܵܢܘܿܢܵܝܬܵܐ؟ - Assyrian | Need Legal Help? - Auslan | Treba li vam pravna pomoc? - Bosnian | Burmese â Need Legal Help? | 需要法律帮助吗? - Chinese Simplified | 需要法律幫助嗎? - Chinese Traditional | Trebate li pravnu pomoć? - Croatian | ضرورت به کمک قانونی دارید؟ - Dari | Wïc Kuɔɔny në Wɛ̈t Löŋ? - Dinka | آیا به کمک حقوقی نیاز دارید؟ - Farsi | Gadreva na Veivuke Vakalawa? - Fijian | Kailangan ninyo ba ng tulong na panglegal? - Filipino | Besoin d’aide juridique ? - French | Χρειάζεστε βοήθεια σε νομικά ζητήματα - Greek | क्या आपको कानूनी सलाह चाहिए? - Hindi | Butuhkan Bantuan dalam Masalah Hukum? - Indonesian | Hai bisogno di assistenza legale? - Italian | ត្រូវការជំនួយលើបញ្ហាផ្លូវច្បាប់ឬទេ? - Khmer | 법적인 도움이 필요하십니까? - Korean | Ви треба ли помош со правни работи? - Macedonian | कानूनी सहयोग चाहिएको छ? - Nepalese | Necessita de ajuda com questões jurídicas? - Portuguese | Вам нужна юридическая помощь? - Russian | E Manaomia Fesoasoani i Mea Tau Tulafono? - Samoan | а ли вам треба помоћ у правним питањима? - Serbian | Ma u baahan tahay Caawimmad xagga sharciga ah?- Somali | ¿Necesita ayuda con cuestiones jurídicas? - Spanish | சட்ட உதவி தேவையா? - Tamil | ท่านต้องการความช่วยเหลือทางด้านกฎหมายไหม? - Thai | Fiema’u ha tokoni Fakalao? - Tongan | Yasal Danışmaya İhtiyacınız mı var? - Turkish | Cần Được Giúp Đỡ Về Luật Pháp? - Vietnamese |

Disputes about goods - Frequently Asked Questions ​



1. Will the police help me get back a​​ laptop I lent to a friend?

The police may not be able to help you if you let your friend have the laptop, even if it was only for a limited period of time. For more information, see Stolen goods.

Alert iconIf you are not sure if goods are stolen you should get legal advice.

If the police will not help, you may be able to take steps to recover the goods yourself.

For more information, see Getting your goods back.


2. I stored some furniture at my sister's​​ house seven years ago. About a year ago I asked if I could arrange to pick it up. She said I had left it too late and she had thrown everything out. Is it too late to do anything?

If you want to start a case in a court to recover goods, you usually have to do this within six years of when you first demanded the return of the goods. If you didn't ask for the goods back until one year ago, you may still be within time to do something. For more information, see Time limits.

You won't be able to get the goods back if they have been destroyed, but you can ask a court for an order for money to be paid to you for the value of the goods. For more information, see What are the goods worth?


3. What evidence will I need to show​​ that I own a painting that is at my friend's house? He says it is his.

You should think about what evidence you have which shows that you own the painting. Evidence could be:

  • a receipt
  • other records of payment for example, electronic payment
  • insurance documents mentioning the painting
  • photographs of the painting in your home or with you.

For more information, see Ownership of goods.


4. My friend is asking for money for​​ goods I threw out. What evidence will my friend need to show of what her goods are worth?

If your friend wants to make a claim in a court for the value of the goods, she will need to show some evidence of what the goods are worth.

Things that could show value include:

  • receipts
  • insurance documents showing insured value
  • evidence of second hand value of similar goods
  • valuation from an expert.

For more information, see What are the goods worth?

For information about what to do if someone is trying to recover goods or compensation from you, see Being chased for goods.​