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Latest Making a Will articles

  • Mental Health Awareness Week: Guardianships – when might they be required?

    Mental Health Awareness Week: Guardianships – when might they be required?

    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.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week – what can lawyers do to help you?

    Mental Health Awareness Week – what can lawyers do to help you?

    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.

  • Charity begins and stays at home – leaving a legacy in your Will

    Charity begins and stays at home – leaving a legacy in your Will

    Charitable legacies in Wills are the largest contributor to charities' income and recent reports have suggested, that income stream could fall as much as 27% this year as a result of the crisis. However, as well as offering your support to charities, charitable legacies attract various tax benefits on death. Here we look at what is involved in making a charitable legacy in your Will.

  • Coronavirus: can Confirmation in an estate still be obtained during lockdown?

    Coronavirus: can Confirmation in an estate still be obtained during lockdown?

    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.