Failing to properly sign a Will can render your estate intestate

Failing to properly sign a Will can render your estate intestate

Image of a person with a pen as they sign a Will

The Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 1995 (the 1995 Act) changed the way a testator signs a Will in Scotland. The testator is the person who makes the Will. if the testator does not properly sign a Will, the estate can become intestate. That means rather than the testator’s wishes being followed, the estate will […]

2024 Property Market Predictions

So, for the last time (at least officially) and ahead of his retirement Michael looks at what 2024 might hold in store for the local property market.  The American philosopher Eric Hoffer once said, “The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.”  Now whilst we as solicitors and […]

The Importance of Power of Attorney: Protecting Your Future

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When it comes to planning for the future, many people immediately think of creating a will. While a will is indeed crucial for outlining how your assets will be distributed after your passing, there is another legal document that often goes overlooked but is equally as important – a Power of Attorney. In fact, renowned […]

The times they are a-changing….

When sitting down to write this piece and pondering my chosen title I became aware of both the truth and the lie simultaneously and intrinsically bound up in it. I could after all have gone with “plus ca change c’est plus le meme chose” instead but that would have required a Google search to check […]

Updating Your Will in Scotland: The Divorce Factor

Recently Divorced? It's time to think about updating your Will

Why Updating Your Will After Divorce Matters Divorce isn’t just a significant personal change; it’s a legal shift that must be reflected in your Will. If you’ve recently gone through a divorce in Scotland, it’s time to take a fresh look at your Will. It’s not just a good idea; it’s a legal must-do to […]

See you in March!

We’ve endured the worst Storm Babet could throw at us, British Summer Time has officially come to an end, the clocks have gone back an hour and Paddy my tortoise of 50+ years has gone into hibernation! BBC weather presenter Carol even told me this morning that there’s snow on the way for high ground. […]

Wills – A guide for new parents

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If you’re expecting or have recently had a baby, congratulations! It is in equal parts exhausting and exhilarating in the first few months and that’s after all the preparations before the arrival. Much of parenting involves thinking and planning for the future. This includes from thinking about dinner that night to saving for university years […]

CMA Looking into practices of non-regulated Will Writers

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The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced an investigation into the practices of non-regulated Wills writers. The investigation will also look into the practices of pre-pair probate services and online divorces. The concerns arise from the perception that the organisations providing these services are failing to comply with consumer protection law. In this article, […]