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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

  • Trust Registration Service – Further Changes

    Trust Registration Service – Further Changes

    Taking on the role of an Executor carries with it a great deal of responsibility. An Executor has the legal authority to administer an estate and is ultimately responsible for any mistakes made. They can be held personally financially liable for any breaches of duty. As a result it is imperative that the Executor does everything in his power to ensure that they include all assets in the inventory of the estate and that they settle all liabilities of the Estate in full.

  • What happens if your Will is unclear?

    What happens if your Will is unclear?

    In Scotland, generally Wills are to be interpreted intrinsically – or within the four corners of the document. The question is what the document actually says, which may well be different from what any potential beneficiaries would like it to say.  Any extrinsic evidence will not, as a general rule, be permitted when it comes to determining the intention of the testator.

  • Office of the Public Guardian (England and Wales) – New online service for Attorneys

    Office of the Public Guardian (England and Wales) – New online service for Attorneys

    The Office of the Public Guardian in England and Wales (OPG) has launched an online service for attorneys acting under a Lasting Power of Attorney. The service will enable attorneys to prove their status to banks and other organisations. There is currently no online system for attorneys in Scotland and there do not appear to be any plans to put this in place at the moment.

  • Summer Staycation Ideas

    Summer Staycation Ideas

    We're lucky we have so many things to see and do on our doorstep, we're spoiled for choice, so here are a few of our fav walks, parks, and activities to inspire you this Summer.