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03 May 2019 News
There are many reasons for deciding to re-mortgage your property including that your existing deal is coming to an end, you are worried about possible interest rate rises, you wish to repay part of the existing borrowing or the value of your property has increased and you would like to borrow more. Before progressing with any mortgage application, you should always consider the cost of doing so. Typical costs may include arrangement fees, legal fees, admin fees and a valuation fee. It would also be prudent to consult with an independent mortgage broker to ensure that you compare all of the offers available from different mortgage…
26 April 2019 News
Dunbar, one of East Lothian’s beautiful coastal towns, has much to offer this spring with a variety of local events that will appeal to many.  Why not investigate some of the following events in order to appreciate what this up and coming town has to offer. Park Run UK Every Saturday at 9.30am there is the opportunity to participate in the recently established Park Run, which takes place at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre.  Park Run UK organise free, weekly, 5K timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, safe and easy to participate in. This is a fantastic community event and something for all…
19 April 2019 News
The 1 April, 2019 saw the implementation of “Frank’s Law” in Scotland, which has extended free personal care to adults under the age of 65 who are deemed to require it. Free personal care has been in place since 2001 for adults over the age of 65. The types of personal care provided will vary according to an adult’s assessed care needs, but often include care in relation to bathing and showering, assistance with the preparation of food and eating, and assistance with dressing, getting up and going to bed. “Frank’s Law” came about as a result of a campaign by Amanda Kopel, whose husband was…
12 April 2019 News
As a solicitor-based estate agency we pride ourselves on offering a one-stop-shop for estate agency and legal services within three East Lothian towns; North Berwick, Dunbar and Haddington.  Each of our lawyersand property managers live locally and have vast experience in the East Lothian market.  We take the stress out of selling with our complete estate agency and conveyancing service, all done under one roof.  Our qualified Property Managers will take you through the process every step of the way, ensuring we maximise the sale price achieved, with the support of our friendly and professional property teams.  One of our senior lawyerswill have an early involvement…
29 March 2019 News
As the better weather (hopefully) starts to roll around and more properties are placed on the market, you may be wondering about what financial implications there may be for you when you are considering buying a house. Paris Steele aim to make the process as stress free as possible and with that in mind, we have broken down the main costs of purchasing a house: 1. Legal Costs You will need a solicitor to carry out the legal work when buying your home. Legal fees are normally dependant on the purchase price of the property but typically range between £795 and £1,195 excluding VAT at 20…
22 March 2019 News
On the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, North Berwick is an attractive and extremely popular harbour town approximately 25 miles East of Edinburgh.  From its picturesque 12th century harbour, the East and West bays are both beautiful sandy beaches with stunning views to the four small islands just off the shore, Bass Rock, Craigleith, Lamb, Fidra and beyond to the Fife coast. This town has so much to offer with a wide range of recreational activities including the award winning Seabird Centre, the Yacht Club, boat trips to the Bass Rock and its famous gannet colony, tennis courts, a sports centre with swimming pool…
15 March 2019 News
Much of the recent Brexit negotiations have centred over the question of a “hard border” in Ireland, and the particular impact that such a boundary may have on the economy and the people of both the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.  Whilst I cannot provide a solution for that particular question, I was recently asked by a client whether a similar border exists between Scotland and England and more specifically if a Scottish Power of Attorney could be used in England? The position is at present that a Scottish Power of Attorney can be used in England or Wales if the organisation accepts its…
08 March 2019 News
Land and Building Transaction Tax (or “LBTT”) replaced Stamp Duty Land Tax payable on the purchase of a property in Scotland on 1 April, 2015.   The additional dwelling supplement (“ADS”) was introduced by the Scottish Government in 2016 and effectively meant that where someone wished to buy a second home (for example a holiday home or a buy to let property) they would incur an additional charge of 3% payable on top of the existing LBTT rate. That ADS rate has now been increased to 4% following the last budget, and the increase came into effect on 25 January 2019. The Scottish Government have put in…
01 March 2019 News
The Scottish Government are currently reviewing the law that makes provision for the welfare for adults who are incapable to make their own decision due to incapacity.  As part of this, the Scottish Law Commission carried out a Consultation last year to review the question of whether Advanced Directives (more commonly known as “Living Wills”) should be legally binding in Scotland, as is the case in England.   An Advanced Directive is a document (usually witnessed by a GP or a Solicitor) which confirms an individual’s wishes for future healthcare should they become incapable of making their own decisions about treatment.  It can prevent the use…
22 February 2019 News
When someone dies who is domiciled in Scotland, the appointed Executor(s) may have to apply for a Grant of Confirmation from the Sheriff Court before they can fully administer the estate. This largely depends on the particular assets of the deceased. The same is true for the estate of those who die domiciled in England, however a Grant of Probate will be sought. The fees for this application in England have risen dramatically, but will Scotland follow suit?   Estate Value                                                                                                                     Fee (£) Scotland Up to and including £50,000                                                                                         No fee £50,000.01 - £250,000                                                                                                   256 Exceeding £250,000                                                                                                        512 England Up to and including £50,000                                                                                         No fee £50,000…

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