One of the recent story lines in TV's Coronation Street dealt with the aftermath of Geoff Metcalfe's death, which saw his wife Yasmeen having been omitted from his Will. Geoff left his entire estate to his son Tim, including his shares in the house and business he jointly owned with Yasmeen. If that happened in Scotland, could Tim decide that he wanted his inheritance to be made over to Yasmeen instead?
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Various bodies, including the Trades Union Congress and the Royal College of Midwives, are calling for a reform of statutory parental leave (SPL), a right introduced by the UK Government in April 2015 as one of its heralded family friendly policies. So what is the current situation, and what could change?
This article will focus upon family trusts; in particular, when may setting up a family trust be appropriate as young people begin to contemplate marriage, and how are trusts treated in the context of separation and divorce?
Whilst it is expected that Prince Phillip made a Will during his lifetime, it is unlikely to be made public. There are, however, certain expectations as to how the estate will be distributed as the Royal Family are, in many ways, like other families in the UK with many of the same considerations with regard to their estate.
As travel restrictions ease and tourism hospitality and retail sectors gradually open up again, businesses and local communities across Scotland are grappling with numerous challenges - from anticipating demand, staffing and supply chain issues to managing social distancing and contact tracing requirements.