Ayrshire Solicitors In addition, we give guidance on prenuptial and pre -cohabitation agreements.
Family law has developed tremendously in recent years and continues to evolve to satisfy the requirements families in Scotland. There’s no such thing as a normal family: every family is unique and we recognise this in tailoring our advice and service to match the situation each family finds itself in.
Everyone is placed by the dysfunction of the family unit under tremendous strain and there’s no replacement for an experienced family solicitor who can clarify the problems and deal with them immediately, effectively and discretely.
The family law section of our site is intended as an introduction to our services and to the subject.
Legal Services We Offer in Girvan
Wills & Will Writing
Civil Partners and spouses have specific statutory rights known as earlier rights where no Will was made. Surviving kids -which includes adopted children but excludes stepchildren- are eligible for legal rights not or whether a Will is in place. It’s not the case that married couples get the entire estate of their deceased spouse or civil partner as their entitlement is subject to an upper limit. Scots Law now provides some help for unmarried couples where their partner dies without making a will, however, they don’t have an automatic right and any award is 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 another person or persons ability to take action or make decisions on their behalf in case they become incapable of making decisions regarding their personal affairs. Typically the attorney is a family member, nevertheless, it can be anyone of the granter’s choosing, including a Solicitor or trusted friend. Powers of Attorney are governed by laws called the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
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Estate and Planning
Many people believe inheritance tax (IHT) is only of relevance to very affluent people. This really isn’t always the case as more and more people own their residence. Property costs are now increasing and so, therefore, is the size of a man’s estate. Individual’s financial circumstances can change dramatically over the years especially those with business interests.
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In Scotland divorce is granted where the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage can be established on the premise of separation for one year with all the permission of both partners, the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or separation for two years without the consent of the other party.
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