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Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors Blog

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.
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
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 ban
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.
Making a Will is something that is often thought about but rarely becomes a priority, More often than not, you just ‘never get around to making one’. However, in today’s society it is becoming ever more important to make sure that you have a valid Wi
Buying a house or a flat through an auction can often be a tempting prospect, particularly at a time when interest rates are at a record low and property prices have been increasing. The properties listed on auctioneers' websites often advertise very