Fact or Fiction Legal Myths Quiz

I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable about legal matters, I read the news a lot, and I am a big fan of courtroom dramas. Also, having been through my own divorce several years ago I have spent plenty of time in a solicitor’s office, so I didn’t think I would fall for any legal myths.

The Co-operative legal services team challenged me to take their Legal Fact or Fiction quiz, to see how many legal myths I currently wrongly believe. Their aim is to debunk some legal myths and get some important truths out there.

The Co-operative Legal Services Quiz

I’ll let you know my score in a moment, but first I want to explain why being legal savvy is so important, for those who think this quiz has nothing to do with them.

The law isn’t just something that affects other people, it isn’t something that only people who break the law have to worry about. There are many legalities you need to be aware of through life, from knowing who has parental responsibility to dealing with death duties and being an executor of a family member or friend’s will.

It’s not always a nice feeling to have to think of the legal side of things in life, but not thinking of them and brushing them under the carpet can be a lot worse and lead to avoidable problems. For example, if you never get around to making a Will, then you are making things much harder for the loved ones you leave behind, and they may misinterpret what you would have wanted.

In the Fact or Fiction Legal Myths Quiz, I got a question related to Wills wrong:

“I’m married, so I don’t need a Will and everything passes to my spouse?”

I won’t tell you whether this one is fact or fiction and why I got it wrong, as I’m going to set you a challenge in a moment, and I don’t want you cheating! On the Co-operative Legal Services website however, they do have extra ones in their further information section after the quiz, and I was surprised by one of those, which was:

“All Shoplifters will be prosecuted”

This is one of those statements that I have seen around for years and have never questioned, but in actual fact it’s fiction. The Co-operative legal team explain.

“The decision to prosecute can only be made by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) based on evidence provided to them by the police”

Now obviously unless you are a shoplifter, this statement being fact or fiction isn’t really going to matter to you, but it’s a great example of how sure you can be that something is fact when it really isn’t. I suppose if retailers wrote…

“We will hopefully prosecute Shoplifters, but we may not be able to”

… then it really wouldn’t be much of a deterrent. Do you think you know your laws? I think if you take the quiz you might be surprised by several of the answers, just like I was.

I scored 9 out of 15 in the Fact or Fiction Legal Myths Quiz, do you think you can beat that? Go on, I challenge you to go to the quiz by clicking on the image below! Let me know your score in the comments afterwards,

Stevie x

Fact or Fiction Legal Myths Quiz

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  1. There's always time for tea
    9 December 2015 / 2:47 pm

    I didn’t do very well at all! oops! Maybe I should start learning a bit more! haha! xx

    • 9 December 2015 / 5:38 pm

      I learnt several new things from doing it as well :)

      Stevie x

  2. Jess Mrs Puddleducky
    10 December 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Snap! I got 9 out of 15 too! I thought I knew more! Your right about knowing about this, it’s something we don’t really consider until we need it x

    • 10 December 2015 / 11:06 pm

      Ha probably lucky we both did it then ;) I find stuff like this interesting!

      Stevie x

  3. 11 December 2015 / 7:34 am

    What an interesting and different post! I got 11/15 but probably only because my hubs and I recently did our wills so it’s fresh on my mind. Thanks for sharing, really important stuff to know x #picknmix

    • 11 December 2015 / 11:11 am

      You beat me then ;) Very sensible with the wills!

      Stevie x

  4. 11 December 2015 / 10:41 am

    Great idea for a post, Stevie! I’m going to see if I can beat your score now. There are a lot of myths about the law out there so it could be tough! #picknmix x

    • 11 December 2015 / 11:33 am

      I did worse than I expected, but I’d ace the test now ;)

      Stevie x

  5. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    11 December 2015 / 11:30 am

    Haha! I did terribly! I seriously need to brush up on my legal knowledge. It just shows that things you just assume to be the case are very often wrong! #PicknMix

    • 11 December 2015 / 11:35 am

      I was definitely surprised by quite a few of the answers!

      Stevie x

  6. 11 December 2015 / 3:48 pm

    Surprisingly I got 13/15, eve though I didn’t fully understand the legal talk in a couple. Perhaps I had some lucky guesses!


    • 11 December 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Well done a very good score :)

      Stevie x

  7. 11 December 2015 / 7:24 pm

    I got 11 – I thought I would do better! It’s really interesting though, especially some of the things I’d just assumed from hearing about it via the media (like the UK status of a pre-nup agreement). :) #picknmix

    • 11 December 2015 / 10:14 pm

      The pre-nup one tricked me as well :) I wouldn’t mind being wealthy enough to need one ha!

      Stevie x

  8. Tracey Abrahams
    11 December 2015 / 7:30 pm

    I got 11 right, not too bad. I was a wee bit inclined to put everything as fiction unless I 100% knew it to be right #picknmix

    • 11 December 2015 / 10:16 pm

      Not bad at all and you beat me! :)

      Stevie x

  9. 11 December 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Wow what a fantastic post. I guess we should all take the legal side of things more seriously.

    • 11 December 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you and I definitely agree

      Stevie x

  10. 11 December 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Great post – very good idea. I got 14. #picknmix

    • 12 December 2015 / 12:49 am

      Ooh well done, I’m impressed!

      Stevie x

  11. 12 December 2015 / 9:17 am

    I got 10/15. We have been looking into a Will and I was surprised by the part when we started researching that things do not automatically pass to your spouse. #picknmix

    • 12 December 2015 / 10:05 pm

      I know, I always presumed it automatically would as well!

      Stevie x

  12. 14 December 2015 / 2:34 am

    I am never great at these things. I only got 9/15 but I am not married or have any possession to pass on any will yet – so I have not experience in that department yet. But it is always good to know. Great post! Thank you for hosting & Have a wonderful Christmas! xx

    • 14 December 2015 / 2:00 pm

      The same to you lovely, hope you have a brilliant one

      Stevie xx

  13. 15 December 2015 / 2:32 pm

    I got 13/15. quite chuffed with that, but then my OH would probably get 15/15, he spent a lot of years daeling with courts etc and through that clued him self up fully with the laws of all kinds of things!

    • 15 December 2015 / 2:37 pm

      I think or rather I hope that I’d get 15 out of 15 now ha! :) Well done lovely,

      Stevie x

  14. 16 December 2015 / 4:34 pm

    I enjoyed this. Was pleased at how well I did actually! #picknmix

    • 16 December 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Bet you took great pleasure in beating my score as well ha ;)

      Stevie :)

  15. 17 December 2015 / 10:12 pm

    I got 9, not too bad although I was surprised by the answers to some of them, really interesting, thanks for sharing.

    • 17 December 2015 / 11:55 pm

      My pleasure lovely :)

      Stevie x