While individuals automatically seek support and treatment from medical practitioners and specialist organisations, the law is able to provide a level of clarity and certainty during what is an extremely difficult and uncertain time. Lawyers are able to put in place a strategy to protect both the individual's wellbeing and assets throughout the duration of their illness. In this article we look at the place of Guardianships in Scotland.
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Until recently, the position with regards to obtaining Confirmation in an estate (the Scottish equivalent of probate, which gives Executors the authority to uplift, ingather and transfer estate assets) was unclear. Thankfully some processes have now been changed to allow matters to progress though it is to be expected that all applications will, due to reduced staff resources, take longer. Here we look at what the process will involve.
Fans of the TV series "Cold Feet" might have felt that, with Pete's role as a juror and Adam's recent employment issues, legal matters have been at the forefront of the latest series. The passing of Jenny's mother Barbara in a recent episode also demonstrated what can happen when someone passes away and the terms of their Will cause disputes among the family.
Today is Divorce Day, the name given to the first working Monday of the New Year due to the surge in enquiries which divorce lawyers experience. It is common that couples will have arrangements in place leaving their assets to their partner upon death. Upon seeking a separation of any kind, it is important that these are reviewed.
A recent survey has demonstrated just how damaging disputes over the estates of loved ones can be to their families and those closest to them. A well written Will should help to avoid any uncertainty and further upset at an already challenging time.