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The law never stands still, and the way it applies to you and your organisation is constantly evolving. Our people are on top of these developments and can keep you up to date with some of the most interesting aspects of these changes. Check out our articles and updates for our perspective on issues that might affect you.

Latest Articles

  • Should I have a professional executor?

    Should I have a professional executor?

    Many individuals choose to appoint a professional such as their solicitor, for example, as their executor. This is quite different to their executor choosing to instruct solicitors to act for them in the administration. Professional executors are appointed often in practice for a variety of reasons and can be appointed alongside family members or on their own.

  • Power of Attorney & the authority to benefit others

    Power of Attorney & the authority to benefit others

    The Court of Protection in England recently ruled on whether an attorney acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney could legitimately use a donor's funds for the benefit of someone else. The case in question relates directly to English law, but provides some useful guidance for attorneys acting within Scotland.

  • What will a new Children (Scotland) Act 2020 mean for families? Part three - Child Welfare Reporters, contact centres & contact between looked after children & their siblings

    What will a new Children (Scotland) Act 2020 mean for families? Part three - Child Welfare Reporters, contact centres & contact between looked after children & their siblings

    New laws relating to children in Scotland are currently being considered by the Scottish Parliament. In a series of short blogs, our Family Law will consider some of the key provisions of the Bill and how those could impact on practitioners and the families that we represent. In this blog, we look at proposed changes to how child welfare reporters are appointed and how child contact centres might be regulated.

  • Family life and family law have evolved enormously in 20 years

    Family life and family law have evolved enormously in 20 years

    Amanda Masson was delighted to participate recently in a two-day event to mark 20 years of family and child law in light of the 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament. It presented a chance to consider the body of laws in Scotland which regulate certain aspects of family relationships and the rights and obligations in respect of children.

  • The uncertain future of the 'death tax'

    The uncertain future of the 'death tax'

    Earlier this year the Office of Tax Simplification recommended an overhaul of the Inheritance Tax ("IHT") regime, seeking to make it simpler, more intuitive and easier to operate. In anticipation of Javid's first Budget, which could take place by the end of this month, we will take a look at the current IHT regime and what you can do to protect your assets.