Dying Without a Will in Scotland

August 9, 2011 | Alison H |

Dying Without a Will in Scotland

Will law reform change the impact of dying without a Will in Scotland? Society and family structures have changed considerably since the current law on succession came into force in 1964 and there is widespread support for the law to be updated to reflect this. Current Rules Where a person dies without a Will (intestate) … Read More >>

How to Legally Change Your Name in Scotland

August 5, 2011 | Lynne |

How to legally change your name in Scotland

The law in Scotland allows anyone to change his or her forename or surname legally at any time providing this is not to defraud. We are often asked how to legally change your name in Scotland. Marriage, Divorce and Civil Partnership Following marriage or a civil partnership you can use your birth name or your … Read More >>

Procurement Process and framework agreements

August 1, 2011 | Lauren |

Framework Agreements

When going through a procurement process how do you ensure you are getting your framework agreements right? What are framework agreements? A framework agreement is a “contract” under the procurement regulations, but it is not a contract in the traditional sense. It is an agreement whereby a number of contractors are appointed to the framework, and … Read More >>

Landlords Gas Safety Responsibilities

July 29, 2011 | TC Young |

Landlord Gas Safety Responsibilities

What is a landlords gas safety responsibilities? The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 require a landlord to ensure that any gas fitting (and any flue which serves any relevant gas fitting) is maintained in a safe condition. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) issued a safety letter in October 2008 regarding a potential … Read More >>

Boundary Dispute: Responsibility for Maintaining a Boundary

July 28, 2011 | Douglas |

Boundary Dispute

Although the law on boundary walls/fences is relatively straight forward, the issue of ownership or maintenance, in practice, is sometimes a difficult and sensitive issue. A seemingly minor disagreement can quickly become a full-scale boundary dispute involving solicitors’ letters and threats of court action. With any boundary queries: At the outset you should review the … Read More >>

Power of Attorney vs Guardianship, what’s better?

July 25, 2011 | Alison H |

Power of Attorney vs Guardianship

Powers of Attorney and Guardianship are often confused and I am regularly asked for advice on which is more appropriate. So Power of Attorney vs Guardianship, what’s better? Although both concepts are regulated by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and have similar effects, there are significant differences between the procedure for each. What … Read More >>

Demise of Lifelong Tenancy Agreements

July 18, 2011 | Jim |

In 2010 the Coalition government introduced proposals that will mean the demise of lifelong tenancy agreements. These proposals howeveer will not affect Scotland as housing is a devolved issue for the Scottish parliament. The plans are being debated at Westminster as part of the Localism Bill but current proposals include: • the creation of a new tenancy … Read More >>

Helping Landlords Get the Notice to Quit Date Right

July 15, 2011 | TC Young |

Get the Notice to quit date right

As a private landlord, you really need to be on the ball to avoid the pitfalls of Scottish tenancy law. One of the biggest danger areas involves the perils of picking the wrong date. This can occur in a number of circumstances.  So how do you get the notice to quit date right? The Short … Read More >>

How to Recover Money From a Debtor

July 14, 2011 | Alastair |

How to Recover Money From a Debtor

How can you recover money from a debtor if you obtain a court Order which orders your debtor to pay you the debt but your debtor does not make payment? Do you know what you do next?  This is a predicament frequently faced by individuals and organisations who seek to recover debt.  Do not give up … Read More >>

Successful Completion of Second Stage Transfer

July 14, 2011 | Lauren |

Second Stage Transfer

On 27 June 2011,  we successfully completed the last batch of housing stock second stage transfers from Glasgow Housing Association to several of our Registered Social Landlord (RSL) clients, meaning that the properties are now in the ownership of community-controlled housing associations throughout the city. In total, almost 19,000 homes have transferred to the delight … Read More >>