Dunbartonshire Solicitors In addition, we give advice on prenuptial and pre -cohabitation agreements.
Family law continues to evolve to meet the needs of families in Scotland and has grown enormously in recent years. There’s really no such thing as a typical family: we recognise in tailoring our guidance and service to accommodate the situation each family finds itself in, this and every family is unique.
Everyone is placed by the dysfunction of the family unit under enormous stress and there’s no replacement for a seasoned family solicitor who can clarify the problems and deal with them immediately, efficiently and discretely.
The family law section of our site is meant as an introduction to our services and to the topic.
Legal Services We Offer in Dumbarton
Wills & Will Writing
Where no Will was made, Civil Partners and spouses have specific statutory rights known as prior rights. Surviving kids -which includes adopted kids but excludes stepchildren- are eligible for 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 automatically 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, however, they do 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 power to another person or persons to take actions or make decisions on their behalf in case they become incapable of making decisions regarding their own personal affairs. Normally the attorney is a relative, nevertheless, it can be anyone of the granter’s picking, including a Solicitor or trusted friend. Powers of Attorney are regulated by laws referred to 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 wealthy people. This really is not necessarily the case as increasingly more people own their house. Property prices are now growing and so, consequently, is the magnitude of an individual’s estate. Those with company interests can change radically over the years especially.
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In Scotland divorce is granted where the marriage has broken down irretrievably. The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage can be created with no consent of the other party on the foundation of separation for one year with all the consent of both partners, the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behavior, or separation for just two years.
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