Category Archives: Private Client

Scotland Introduces Free Personal Care For Under-65s

April 12, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

free personal care

In September 2001, the Scottish Government introduced legislation to provide free personal care for those who were assessed as requiring it and were over 65. “Personal care” means care which relates to day to day tasks and the needs of the person cared for (for example, washing, eating etc.). 1st April 2019 sees the introduction … Read More >>

Wills and Powers of Attorney – Do You Have Your Affairs in Order?

April 4, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

will and power of attorney

It’s Lent – the Christian period of time for reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. With that in mind, what better time than to focus your mind on your affairs and having everything in order so that you and your family have a secure and comfortable future. This can be sorted with both … Read More >>

Arrangements After Death – The Importance of Preparing a Will

April 3, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

importance of preparing a will

No one likes to contemplate their own death or the death of a loved one. The importance of preparing a will is often overlooked or postponed or those who do have wills overlook the importance of reviewing their wills. In preparing a will you provide written instructions on how your estate should be distributed on … Read More >>

Changing Your Name on Your Title Deeds Following Gender Reassignment

March 26, 2019 | Lindsey Taylor |

change name on title deeds

If you have undergone gender reassignment surgery, you will be dealing with an overwhelming number of changes and will be starting to create your new identity. To make things easier, the Registers of Scotland (ROS) will change your title deeds to reflect your new identity. They will not only change your name as owner, they … Read More >>

Removal of an Executor – A Change in the Law?

March 25, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

removal of an executor

You have made a Will. Congratulations! This puts you ahead of the almost 60% of the Scottish population who do not have Wills in place. In your Will, you have appointed an Executor; the person charged with implementing the terms of your Will and carrying out their legal duties as your Executor. However, in light … Read More >>

Loft Conversion – 5 Things to Consider

March 22, 2019 | Katharine Smith |

loft conversion

Many people choose to convert their loft area as a means of obtaining more space without having to move home. This blog provides some advice on what you should be thinking about before making the decision to extend and how to ensure that the loft conversion is safe and legal. 1. Check you own the … Read More >>

Business Development Mistakes

March 21, 2019 | Ailidh Ballantyne |

Business Development Mistakes

“It’s in the diary.” “Let’s catch up over coffee.” These are typical phrases which are uttered when we hear the words – “business development.” What are we really looking to gain from having countless lunches and coffees with contacts we may not have seen or heard from in a while? The purpose In these uncertain … Read More >>

Your Rights as a Carer in Scotland

March 15, 2019 | Lynne Lind |

rights as a carer

There are many people who are providing care for loved ones in their own homes.  The Scottish Government recently circulated an updated Carers’ charter explaining the rights of adult carers or young carers in Scotland.  This came on the back of the introduction of new legislation, The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which came into effect … Read More >>

Top Tips: Practical aspects of registered Power of Attorney with a Bank

March 6, 2019 | Lynne |

You have been appointed as a Continuing (financial) Attorney and now need to trigger the powers granted to you. Check the document has been registered with the Public Guardian’s Office. The document requires to be registered to be operational. Check the powers you have been granted. Ensure you have specific powers to deal with managing … Read More >>

I’ve paid off my mortgage, why do I need to discharge it?

February 6, 2019 | Ross Wallace |

Discharging a mortgage

So the day is finally here; you’ve worked hard, made years of payments and now you’ve got that all important letter from the bank/lender confirming that you have fully paid off your mortgage. So pop open the champagne, enjoy the moment and have a think about how you are going to spend that extra money … Read More >>