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Latest articles from Cinzia Duncan

  • Assisted dying laws in Scotland & living Wills

    Assisted dying laws in Scotland & living Wills

    With news emerging more recently that assisted dying could be legalised in the UK within the next four years, we have spoken with Friends At The End (FATE), the leading Scottish Charity campaigning to change the law to allow Assisted Dying in Scotland and across the UK.

  • How do I leave my house to someone in my Will?

    How do I leave my house to someone in my Will?

    At Harper Macleod, we continually emphasise the importance of preparing a Will. While it is necessary to consider who your Executor(s) and beneficiaries might be, we look here at a few other practical points to consider too, particularly when your main asset is your home.

  • What happens if my spouse excludes me from their Will?

    What happens if my spouse excludes me from their Will?

    In Scotland, you cannot disinherit your spouse or child therefore even if there is no provision for a spouse and/or child to inherit in your Will, they would have a right to a share in the moveable estate. This is an automatic right and is very different to the position in England and Wales, which you will see in the following example online here.

  • Do I need a Will if I have no family?

    Do I need a Will if I have no family?

    From a legal perspective, we decided to look at how people with no family or estranged family might feel when it comes to sorting out their affairs. While this can seem a daunting task, the existence of a Will can give peace of mind that you might not even have known you needed.