Lanarkshire Solicitors In addition, we give advice on pre and prenuptial -cohabitation arrangements.
Family law continues to evolve to meet the needs of families in Scotland and has developed hugely in recent years. There’s really no such thing as a typical family: we recognise this in tailoring our advice and service to suit the situation each family finds itself in and every family is unique.
Everyone is placed by the breakdown of the family unit under tremendous stress and there is no replacement for a seasoned family solicitor who is able to clarify the problems and deal with them promptly, efficiently and discretely.
The family law section of our website is meant as an introduction to the matter and to our services.
Legal Services We Offer in Strathaven
Wills & Will Writing
Spouses and Civil Partners have certain statutory rights known as earlier rights where no Will was made. Surviving children -which includes adopted kids but excludes stepchildren- are eligible for legal rights whether a Will is in place or not. It’s not the case that married couples automatically get the whole estate of their deceased spouse or civil partner as their entitlement is subject to an upper limit. Scots Law 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 ability 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 own personal affairs. Usually the lawyer is a relative, nevertheless, it can be anyone of the granter’s picking, including a Solicitor or trustworthy 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 wealthy individuals. This is not necessarily the case as increasingly more people own their dwelling. Property prices are now increasing again and therefore, is the size of a man’s estate. Those with business interests can change drastically over the years especially.
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In Scotland divorce is granted where the marriage has broken down. The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage may be established without the consent of the other party on the foundation of separation for one year with the consent of both partners, the other bash’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or separation for two years.
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