Renfrewshire Solicitors We also give advice on prenuptial and pre -cohabitation agreements.
Family law continues to evolve to fulfill the needs of families in Scotland and has developed tremendously recently. There is really no such thing as a typical family: we recognise this in tailoring our guidance and service to suit the situation each family finds itself in and every family is unique.
The dislocation of the family unit puts everyone under tremendous stress and there is no replacement for an experienced family solicitor who will explain the issues and deal with them promptly, efficiently and discretely.
The family law section of our website is intended as an introduction to the matter and to our services.
Legal Services We Offer in Giffnock
Wills & Will Writing
Spouses and Civil Partners have specific statutory rights known as earlier rights where no Will has been made. Living children -which includes adopted kids but excludes stepchildren- are entitled to legal rights whether a Will is in place or not. It’s not the case as their entitlement is subject to an upper limit that married couples automatically get the whole estate of their deceased spouse or civil partner. Scots Law now provides some help for unmarried couples where their partner dies without making a will, nevertheless, 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 authority to another person or individuals to take action or make decisions on their behalf in the event they become incapable of making decisions regarding their personal matters. Typically the attorney is a relative, however, it can be anyone of the granter’s selecting, including a Solicitor or trustworthy friend. Powers of Attorney are governed 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 affluent individuals. This isn’t necessarily true as more and more people own their dwelling. Property prices are now growing again and therefore, is the magnitude of a person’s estate. People that have company interests can change dramatically over the years especially.
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Where the union has broken down irretrievably in Scotland divorce is granted. The irretrievable breakdown of a union can be created on the premise of separation for one year together with the permission of both partners, the other party’s adultery or unreasonable behaviour, or separation for just two years with no consent of the other party.
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