A letter to the next Governments of Scotland and of the UK

A letter to the next Governments of Scotland and of the UK

This month with the political temperature rising north and south of the border and with at least one election imminent we write an open letter to the incoming administrations, regardless of their political colours, with suggestions on how to fix a housing market no longer serving the population or the economy. Dear Future UK and […]

Living together but unmarried – can you inherit a partner’s estate?

Bereaved woman grieving her unmarried partner's death and wondering how to inherit a partner's estate

When a spouse or partner in a civil partnership dies, their surviving spouse or civil partner has an automatic right to share in their estate. This right applies whether or not the deceased made a Will. However, where you and your partner are unmarried, you have no automatic right to inherit a partner’s estate. Rules […]

Property Market Report – A Review of Q1 of 2024

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It’s hard to believe I know but we’re already a quarter of the way through 2024.  I know, it’s incredible, isn’t it?  My new role as a consultant has, if anything, made time pass even quicker than when I worked full time and as trite as it is to say, I’m not sure how I […]

What you need to know about estate and tax planning

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If you want to carry out effective estate and tax planning you need to understand the tax regime. That means, you should understand how it affects your estate. You also need to know what steps you can take to make sure your estate is tax efficient. Will your estate be subject to Inheritance Tax? The […]

Spring has Sprung!

Sprimg has Spring

As I am sure you have already noticed, the early signs of Spring appear to be appearing, well frankly, earlier than ever! Now whilst the sad fact is that climate change is no doubt to blame for the ahead of schedule (and, whisper it, welcome?) onset of the milder weather and the blooming of Spring […]

Who should you choose as your executor?

A young couple discussing who they should choose as your executor

When you make a Will, one of the tasks you need to deal with is who to choose as your executor. Clearly, if you are married, in a civil partnership or cohabiting with someone, the obvious choice is likely to be your spouse or partner. That’s usually what happens. However, what might happen if your […]

9 key things to think about before moving house

Welcome to 2024 and a new era with Laura and Stacey at the helm of the good ship maloco mowat parker with Michael now fulfilling consultancy duties. It’s been a brisk start to the new year with both listings and sales targets achieved ahead of the month end and with plenty of signs for optimism […]

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

Image of a Power of Attorney document signifying the Importance of Power of Attorney

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 […]