Category Archives: Private Client

Buying from a builder

September 4, 2017 | Katharine Smith |

buying from a builder

Buying from a builder is appealing to home buyers for a number of reasons: Many people like the fact that they will be the first to live in the property Repairs and redecoration costs should be minimal for the first few years Buyers can often select fixtures and fittings to tailor the property finish to their taste New … Read More >>

Do you know your Knotweed?

August 29, 2017 | Christine |

knotweed

In Scotland having Japanese knotweed growing on land belonging to you is not of itself against the law.  That said, there is now legislation regarding the spread of Japanese knotweed and requirements on a heritable proprietor not to allow this non-native species to spread.  Penalties for ignoring such legislation are significant with fines running into … Read More >>

Is Self Directed Support in Scotland working?

August 25, 2017 | Lynne Lind |

As reported by BBC News , Audit Scotland issued a new report  on the implementation of Self Directed Support in Scotland. Self Directed Support (SDS) has been available since 2014.  It was introduced to offer people more choice on how their support is delivered and managed. There are four options available: you receive the money to … Read More >>

Texting your Will instructions. Is this a good idea?

August 7, 2017 | Ross Wallace |

An article from The Telegraph details plans to revolutionise the ‘outdated’ system for having a Will made and suggests allowing new ways to provide Will instructions for your death such as notes, voicemail’s, emails and texts. The current system A valid Will is signed on all pages by the testator (the person who’s Will it is) … Read More >>

Additional Dwelling Supplement – one year on…

June 12, 2017 | Emma McBride |

Additional dwelling supplement

It has now been over a year since the introduction of the Additional Dwelling Supplement which came into force on 1 April 2016. The Additional Dwelling Supplement (ADS) is an additional amount of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT). The current rate of ADS is 3% on the full purchase price and applies to purchases … Read More >>

Dementia Awareness Week

May 29, 2017 | Linsey Dagger |

This week is dementia awareness week in Scotland, culminating on Friday with Alzheimer Scotland’s flagship annual conference in Edinburgh, where T C Young will be in attendance. There has also been additional press coverage in the last few weeks from politicians as they gear up for the General Election. Rather than kissing babies, it is … Read More >>

What is a Letter of Wishes?

May 9, 2017 | Linsey Dagger |

letter of wishes

Our earlier blog on Wills spoke of the need for getting professional advice and not relying on a DIY Will.  There is a document, however, which we would actively encourage you to DIY and that is a Letter of Wishes. A Letter of Wishes is often stored alongside Wills, and can act as a guide … Read More >>

What’s the latest with the Scottish Property Market?

March 23, 2017 | Eilidh McGuire |

Scottish Property Market

Registers of Scotland (RoS) recently released their Annual Market Review 2016 detailing activity in the Scottish residential property market for that year. So what’s the latest news for the Scottish Property Market? The key points highlighted in this report are – The volume of sales increased by 3.3% on 2015 The average price of a … Read More >>

Top Tips for Selling Your Property in Edinburgh

March 16, 2017 | Gavin Pearson |

property in edinburgh

Top Tips for selling your property in Edinburgh This is a good time to sell as there is a lack of stock on the market at present and there is a strong demand for many types of properties. From a selling point of view it is not worth holding off until Easter or better weather. … Read More >>

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