Ayrshire Solicitors We also give guidance on pre and prenuptial -cohabitation arrangements.
Family law continues to evolve to satisfy the needs of families in Scotland and has grown hugely lately. There’s really no such thing as a normal family: every family is exceptional and we recognise in tailoring our advice and service to accommodate the situation each family finds itself in this.
Everyone is placed by the dislocation of the family unit under tremendous stress and there is no substitute for a seasoned family solicitor who will explain the problems and deal with them immediately, effectively and discretely.
The family law section of our website is meant as an introduction to the subject and to our services.
Legal Services We Offer in Stevenston
Wills & Will Writing
Spouses and Civil Partners have certain statutory rights known as prior rights where no Will was made. Enduring children -which comprises adopted children but excludes stepchildren- are entitled to legal rights whether a Will is in place or not. It’s not the case that married couples automatically receive 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, nevertheless, they would not 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 individuals ability to take actions or make decisions on their behalf in the event they become incapable of making decisions regarding their own personal matters. Normally the attorney is a relative, yet, it can be anyone of the granter’s selecting, including trustworthy friend or a Solicitor. Powers of Attorney are regulated by legislation referred to as the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000.
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Estate and Planning
A lot of people believe inheritance tax (IHT) is only of relevance to very wealthy individuals. This isn’t necessarily the case as more and more people own their residence. Property prices are now growing and consequently, is the size of a person’s estate. Person’s fiscal situation can change drastically over the years especially people that have business interests.
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Where the union has broken down in Scotland divorce is granted. The irretrievable breakdown of a union could be created with no consent of the other party on the basis of separation for one year with the consent of both partners, the other celebration’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or separation for just two years.
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