It used to be the case that cats were regarded as free roaming and so couldn't be considered as 'property'. However, times have changed and so nowadays a cat is just as likely to be deemed to be a chattel as a dog. However, unlike dogs, not every cat is owned. There is no one single piece of evidence that conclusively proves who owns a cat so in the event of a dispute it is a matter for the Court to consider all the available evidence and attach such weight as they deem fit. There are potentially four different kinds of situation:-
If you're in dispute with someone regarding who is the rightful owner of a cat, we fully appreciate how emotive this kind of case will be. As a first step we suggest you have a fixed fee telephone call with us and get some advice from an experienced lawyer to see whether you have a case. Calls cost only £48 for up to 20 minutes. Call us on 01304 755 557 during normal office hours. All major debit and credit cards are taken. Same day appointments are sometimes available.
We can act for you throughout the process of applying to a Small Claims Court for a declaration of ownership. This kind of case shouldn't be taken lightly but, once you have made the decision to proceed, you will want us to act with all due speed. We can take all the steps on your behalf, going from the initial Letter Before Claim right through to representation at the trial. Whilst Legal Aid will not be available, we can discuss a payment plan with you.