Renfrewshire Solicitors We also give advice on prenuptial and pre -cohabitation agreements.
Family law has grown tremendously recently and continues to evolve to fulfill the needs of families in Scotland. There is really no such thing as a normal family: every family is unique and we recognise this in tailoring our guidance and service to match the conditions each family finds itself in.
The breakdown of the family unit puts everyone under tremendous stress and there’s no replacement for a seasoned family solicitor who will clarify the problems and deal with them immediately, effectively and discretely.
The family law section of our site is meant as an introduction to the matter and to our services.
Legal Services We Offer in Thornliebank
Wills & Will Writing
Spouses and Civil Partners have specific statutory rights known as prior rights where no Will was made. Living kids -which includes 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 automatically get 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, nevertheless, they don’t 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 another person or individuals power to take actions or make decisions on their behalf in the event they become incapable of making decisions regarding their personal matters. Normally the attorney is a family member, yet, it can be anyone of the granter’s choosing, including trusted friend or a Solicitor. Powers of Attorney are regulated by legislation 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 individuals. This is not always the case as more and more people own their house. Property prices are now growing again and so, therefore, is the size of a man’s estate. Individual’s financial circumstances can change dramatically over the years particularly those with business interests.
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Where the union has broken down irretrievably in Scotland divorce is granted. The irretrievable breakdown of a marriage can be established with no consent of the other party on the premise 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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