Lanarkshire Solicitors In addition, we give advice on pre and prenuptial -cohabitation agreements.
Family law continues to evolve to meet the needs of families in Scotland and has grown enormously lately. There’s really no such thing as a typical family: we recognise this in tailoring our guidance and service to match the situation each family finds itself in and every family is exceptional.
The breakdown of the family unit puts everyone under tremendous stress and there is absolutely no substitute for a seasoned family solicitor who is able to explain the issues and deal with them immediately, efficiently and discretely.
The family law section of our site is supposed as an introduction to the subject and to our services.
Legal Services We Offer in Shotts
Wills & Will Writing
Where no Will has been made Civil Partners and spouses have specific statutory rights known as prior rights. Enduring kids -which comprises adopted kids but excludes stepchildren- are entitled to legal rights whether a Will is in place or not. It is not the case as their entitlement is subject to an upper limit, that married couples receive the whole 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 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 persons ability to take actions or make decisions on their behalf in the event they become incapable of making decisions regarding their personal affairs. Generally the attorney is a family member, nevertheless, it can be anyone of the granter’s choosing, including trustworthy friend or a Solicitor. Powers of Attorney are regulated 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 wealthy people. This really is not necessarily true as an increasing number of people own their residence. Property costs are now rising again and so, therefore, is the size of a person’s estate. Person’s fiscal conditions can change dramatically over the years particularly those with business interests.
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In Scotland divorce is granted where the union has broken down. The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage could be created without the consent of the other party on the premise of separation for one year with the permission of both partners, the other celebration’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or separation for two years.
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