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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.
The legal sector in Scotland is currently experiencing an unprecedented time but despite this, you should be aware that systems have been put in place to ensure that your personal legal affairs can continue to be managed.One of the matters that this
 In Scotland, if you die without a Will and are cohabiting at the time of your death, then your partner will be entitled to make a claim on your estate. Prior to the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 coming into force, it was possible for partners
 Following the death of a loved one, you may have to take steps to deal with the administration of their estate. This task is often made easier when the deceased created a will prior to their death. However, what happens when the will does not a
Many people will be aware of blood and organ donation but less so about the possibility of donating their body to medical science on their death. Donating your body can be an invaluable gift to help educate the next generation of doctors and surgeons
We all know that it can be upsetting when a member of your family dies but if that person dies without leaving a Will and was also running the family business then this can have disastrous consequences for the business. In those circumstances and without forward planning, family wealth could easily be eroded. Good planning goes far beyond the presence of a simple Will and requires careful consideration and monitoring.
It’s a common misconception that on the death of a spouse/civil partner the surviving spouse or civil partner inherits the entirety of their estate, unless they have a Will that is to the contrary. However, the reality is that distributing the estate of someone who has died without a Will is not straightforward.
Family dynamics are complex and, when it comes to wills, estates and beneficiaries, it can cause a bit of a headache when planning your estate. We have an interesting Q & A this month on a topic that has arisen on a few occasions which we hope ma
A recent court case has shed fresh light on the often grim subject of the burial of the dead in Scotland – particularly where the deceased’s next of kin does not want them to be buried.The Inner House of the Court of Session – Scotland’s most senior
Each individual’s estate and taxable lifetime gifts are exempt from inheritance tax up to a threshold which is known as the Nil Rate Band. This currently stands at £325,000.  The 6th April 2017 saw the introduction of the Residence Nil Rate band
Are you, or is your business, owed money? We understand how frustrating it can be to have to chase your debtors, and the cash flow difficulties that might arise if you do not receive what you are owed on time.We provide a tailored, flexible approach
As we are all aware people today are expected to live far longer than our ancestors. The number of people in Scotland over 70 is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years. This means that we are likely to have, or may already have, elderl
Succession (Scotland) Act 2016 The recent Succession (Scotland) Bill has now been given Royal Assent to become the Succession (Scotland) Act 2016. It contains a number of technical changes to current succession law in Scotland and brings about the first major amendments to this area of law since the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964. There are more reforms planned by the Scottish Government, most notably to ‘legal rights’ however here we describe the most interesting and perhaps relevant changes implemented by the most recent Act.