Ayrshire Solicitors We also give guidance on prenuptial and pre -cohabitation arrangements.
Family law continues to evolve to satisfy the needs of families in Scotland and has developed tremendously in recent years. There is no such thing as a normal family: we recognise in tailoring our guidance and service to match the circumstances each family finds itself in, this and every family is unique.
Everyone is placed by the dislocation of the family unit under tremendous strain and there is absolutely no replacement for an experienced family solicitor who can explain the problems and deal with them quickly, effectively and discretely.
The family law section of our site is intended as an introduction to the issue and to our services.
Legal Services We Offer in Fenwick
Wills & Will Writing
Civil Partners and spouses have specific statutory rights known as prior rights where no Will has been made. Surviving children -which comprises adopted children but excludes stepchildren- are entitled to legal rights whether a Will is in place or not. It isn’t the case as their entitlement is subject to an upper limit, that married couples receive the entire estate of their deceased spouse or civil partner. Scots Law now provides some help for single couples where their partner dies without making a will, nonetheless, they do not have an automatic right and any award is right at the discretion of the courts within strict timescales.
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Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a legal document whereby one person gives authority to another person or persons to take actions or make decisions on their behalf in the event they get incapable of making decisions regarding their personal matters. Generally the attorney is a family member, however, it can be anyone of the granter’s picking, including a Solicitor or trusted friend. Powers of Attorney are regulated by laws known as the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
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Estate and Planning
A lot of people think that inheritance tax (IHT) is only of relevance to very affluent people. This isn’t always the case as an increasing number of individuals own their home. Property prices are now rising again and consequently, is the magnitude of a man’s estate. Individual’s financial conditions can change radically over the years especially people that have company interests.
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Where the union has broken down in Scotland divorce is given. The irretrievable breakdown of a union may be established without the consent of the other party on the grounds of separation for one year together with the approval of both partners, the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behavior, or separation for two years.
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