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11 March 2022 Family Law
When people get married or enter into a civil partnership, the very last thing they think about is the possibility of it ending. Sadly, as statistics bear out, many marriages and civil partnerships end up in separation, divorce, and dissolution. When this happens, it is stressful. Usually, emotions run high with feelings of hurt and anger colouring decisions that need to be taken to enable the parties to move forward. Taking emotions out of the situation is extremely difficult but if you are able to put them aside, one of the first things you should do is consider entering into a Separation Agreement with your…
04 March 2022 Residential Conveyancing
We all know that buying a house is a stressful process – but it’s exciting too. When it comes to buying a house with your partner, whether it is your first, second or even last home, there are some things that clients often overlook. The reason for this is their entire focus is on the house, getting the keys, booking the removal van, the re-decoration, the new kitchen etc., etc. However, when you buy a house with your partner, there are certain things you should consider. You need to consider in whose name the title is held and how the title should be structured. Much…
25 February 2022 Private Client
We have made Wills for thousands of clients over the years. Clients always have questions about the process and about the content of their Will. In this article, we will look at some of the most common questions clients ask. We will cover the following questions: How do I go about making a Will? Will my spouse or partner automatically inherit my house if there isn’t a Will? Can I disinherit my children? I have children from a previous relationship – how do I protect their right to share in my estate? Does my executor need to follow the instructions in a Will…
18 February 2022 Private Client
Britons are ignoring estate planning tools that could help them to pass on more of their estate to the next generation. Over recent years, property inflation and rising asset values have combined to push a higher proportion of estates over the nil-rate band for Inheritance Tax (IHT). The residence nil-rate band helps to a degree, but with the IHT threshold frozen at £325,000 per individual, and government receipts still rising, IHT is not a tax just for the rich – or even moderately wealthy.   Despite the fact that more estates are paying IHT, there are ways to prevent families paying over the odds. For example…
18 February 2022 Residential Conveyancing
If you operate a short-term letting business or are involved in an Airbnb style operation to let out your property, you have until 1 April 2023 to apply for a license. New legislation has been passed by the Scottish Government which means that all short-term lets of residential property are now covered by this legislation. What types of short-term lets are we talking about? There are, basically, three types of short-term lets. These are: Home Sharing – where all or part of your own home is used for short-term lets whilst you are there; Home Letting – where you use all or part of your…
11 February 2022 Residential Conveyancing
Schemes designed to help people buy their homes have been available since 2005. One of the main help to buy schemes is the Low-cost Initiative for First Time Buyers (LIFT Scheme). Who is eligible for the LIFT Scheme? As the name suggests, this scheme is primarily available to first-time buyers. However, people in certain priority groups can also apply. The following is a  list of the different groups of people who can apply: First-time buyers Social renters    People with a disability who can demonstrate a housing need   Members of the armed forces     Veterans who have left the armed forces within the past two years    Widows, widowers…
03 February 2022 Residential Conveyancing
1 February 2022 sees new legislation requiring every home in Scotland to have interlinked smoke alarms come into effect. In 2019 the legislation was brought in following the Grenfell Tower fire but its implementation has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to ensure everyone living in Scotland has the same level of protection whether they’re a homeowner or tenant. Who does the interlinked smoke alarms legislation apply to? The standards proposed already apply to new build and private rented housing. The legislation now extends to all property owners. That includes those who own private homes. If you are living in private rented…
21 January 2022 News & Announcements
Job Title:                     Property Sales Negotiator Location:                     North Berwick and Dunbar, East Lothian (hybrid-working by agreement) Hours of Work:           Permanent / Full-Time Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm A modern and reputable solicitor’s firm in North Berwick is seeking a Property Sales Negotiator to join their team. We are a successful solicitor’s firm dealing with a range of matters including residential property sales/purchases, estate agency, private client matters, commercial property and matrimonial issues. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Assisting the property manager in all aspects of property sales; Answering telephone calls and maintaining diaries; Preparing sales brochures and promotional information; Looking at and…
11 January 2022 News & Announcements
Job Title:                     Legal Receptionist Location:                    North Berwick, East Lothian Hours of Work:          Permanent / Full-Time (job share considered) Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm A modern and reputable solicitor’s firm in North Berwick is seeking a receptionist to join their team. We are a successful solicitor’s firm dealing with a range of matters to include residential property sales/purchases, estate agency, private client matters, commercial property and matrimonial issues. Principal Duties and Responsibilities: Handling incoming enquiries by telephone and meeting and greeting clients and…
23 December 2021 News
The Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 7th October 2015. The Bill followed two consultations, the first in October 2014 (which received over 2,500 responses) and a second in March 2015 (which received over 7,500 responses.) The intention of the Bill is to deliver improved security of tenure for tenants, introduce a model tenancy agreement for use in the private rented sector and also to introduce new procedures for starting and ending a tenancy in the private rented sector.   One of the biggest changes imposed in the Bill is the removal of the “no fault” ground of repossession (also referred to…

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