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05 May 2017 News
The announcement of a General Election to be held on 8th June 2017 was a surprise to many and like any major political event in the U.K., it has the potential to destabilise the property market. Spring has traditionally been a busy period for the property market and this year has been no exception. Certain areas of the property market have been strong and the rest of the market has been stable. In the weeks immediately prior to a General Election it is normal to expect the volume of property transactions to fall – buyers and sellers wait to see the outcome of the vote. However…
24 April 2017 News
A Power of Attorney is a registered legal document containing specific powers, which allows a person or persons that you have nominated to deal with your financial affairs and make decisions regarding your personal welfare. This will come into operation if you become unable to make these decisions for yourself, or simply if you wish for another person to deal with your affairs if you leave the country or just as you get older. An Attorney can make decisions on things such as buying and selling your property, paying your bills, dealing with your bank accounts and investing your money. If personal welfare powers are also…
07 April 2017 News
Challenge to Civil Partnership Act A heterosexual couple who raised legal action in the English High Court to be able to enter into a civil partnership have been unsuccessful. The couple claimed that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was discriminatory, because a civil partnership is an option only available to homosexual couples, and not to heterosexual couples. Their argument was based on Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Article 8 states that “everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.”  Article 14 prohibits discrimination on “any ground such as sex, race, colour…
06 April 2017 News
BUSINESS RATES AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2017 REVALUATION What are Business Rates? Business rates are a tax levied on most non-domestic properties.  It is a tax levy similar to the Council Tax paid on residential homes.  The funds raised are collected by Scottish Local Authorities and used to fund the provision of local services.   How are Business Rates Calculated? The calculation of business rates is carried out by multiplying the rateable value of the non-domestic property (based on the notional annual rent) by the poundage rate (or multiplier) set annually by the Scottish Government.  Some properties may receive full or partial…
29 March 2017 News
We know that buying a house is stressful, no more so than when you're a first time buyer. We also know that lawyers are often accused of using "jargon" so we thought we'd set out some of the terms that are regularly used in the house buying process. Deposit: this is a sum of money which you must have readily available to you. This figure will be used to help establish what level of borrowing you require from a bank or building society, and ultimately what your “budget” will be.  From this figure you should expect to have to deduct all costs associated with purchasing, such…
21 March 2017 News
The UK Government received revenue of around £5 billion from Inheritance Tax last year and approximately one in every ten estates now has an Inheritance Tax liability to pay.  However, recent legislative changes have made it more important than ever to take expert advice when thinking about your estate tax planning.  On 6th April 2017 we will see the introduction of the Residence Nil Rate Band. This is an Inheritance Tax allowance relating to property which can help to protect an individual’s main residence from Inheritance Tax provided certain criteria are met.  At present, every individual is entitled to the existing Nil Rate Band for Inheritance…
03 February 2017 News
Many people are under the misapprehension that having a Will is only something that needs to be considered once you’re “old” or if you have lots of money to leave behind to your loved ones.   Many also think that if they don’t have a will, then their estate will automatically go to their spouse anyway, so there is little need to have a Will drawn up – this is simply not the case. Dying without a Will in Scotland is referred to as “intestacy.” It’s important to note that when you die, your spouse will not automatically inherit everything. Your estate will be distributed in line…
06 January 2017 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 as…
21 December 2016 News
On 1st April 2015, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) was replaced with Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). This was effective for any land transaction on or after 1st April 2015. Thereafter, the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force on 1 April 2016, in terms of which the Scottish Government introduced a supplementary LBTT charge in relation to the purchase of an additional residential property. Essentially this means that where someone wishes to buy a second home (for example a holiday home) or a buy-to-let property, they will incur an additional charge of 3% payable on top of the existing…
15 December 2016 News
A Separation Agreement (also referred to as a Minute of Agreement) is a document which sets out matters which have been agreed between a couple who have separated. It is often advisable to enter into a formal Separation Agreement, pending divorce, in order to ensure that there is clear agreement between the parties in relation to issues such as: payment of mortgage/rent and household bills who lives in the family home how the family home is to be sold who is responsible for any debts how assets are to be divided pension arrangements If there are children of the marriage, it is also important to set…

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