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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.
Organ Donation Week ran from 19th to 26th September this year with the objective of raising awareness surrounding organ donation and transplantation, but what does the law in Scotland say on this topic? The Legal Position The Human Tissue (Authorisat
The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information of the Payer) Regulations 2017 introduced a requirement that trustees of trusts which have a tax liability (such as Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Land and Buildings Tr
With COVID-19 remaining the key issue of the day, many of our clients have asked whether they can still create or amend their wills or powers of attorney during the national lockdown. The Law Society of Scotland has issued temporary guidance for the
Dealing with the death of a relative can be a difficult and emotional time, but even more so if a dispute arises over the terms of a Will. There are two grounds on which a Will can be challenged in Scotland: 1. Formal Validity  Formal validity d
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
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
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