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Why Scotland does not need to “overhaul archaic divorce laws”.

You may have seen headlines, recently, talking about this but, if you live in Scotland, they do not apply to you. Judges, In Scotland, do not look at your behaviour and have not done so for a considerable time.. Once you have a separation agreement, behaviour is not an issue [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:26:13+00:00September 16th, 2018|Scottish Divorce, Scottish Law|

Can I get a free Power of Attorney, in Scotland, from the Office of the Public Guardian Scotland (OPG)?

Well, yes, in a way because they do provide a template but you will need a lot of time, research and decision-making before you have anything satisfactory. Their template is to be found at http://www.publicguardian-scotland.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/forms-publications. There is an English OPG but English law is different and English PoA's are not for [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:28:29+00:00July 4th, 2018|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Caithness and Sutherland Property – what happened in 2017 and the prospects for 2018.

I'm pleased to say that 2017 has been a good one for Caithness and Sutherland and there is great confidence in the air. Sales are reported by the Registers of Scotland to have increased, overall, in the Highland area by 10.3%. As regards prices, nationally in Scotland, prices increased, overall, [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:33:12+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

Ross-shire Property – what happened in 2017 and the prospects for 2018.

I'm pleased to say that 2017 has been a good one for Ross-shire and there is great confidence in the air. Sales are reported by the Registers of Scotland to have increased, overall, in the Highland area by 10.3%. As regards prices, nationally in Scotland, prices increased, overall, by 2.8% [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:33:44+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Property Law and Estate Agency, Scottish Law|

Why a Power of Attorney is a family’s gift of love

What motivates people to make a Power of Attorney? Seeing many clients in this situation, as I do, raises that question. My opinion is that, mostly, deep down, it is love. That love is, often, hidden by my clients which is not surprising since this is a difficult and emotional [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:49:00+00:00December 25th, 2017|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Dementia and Alzheimer’s. What happens when it’s too late for a Power of Attorney in Scotland?

If someone loses mental capacity before they have a Power of Attorney in place, who can manage their finances and welfare? Arranging a Power of Attorney early can save money and avoid problems in later life. Nobody wants to consider what would happen if they or a family member lost [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:49:24+00:00November 19th, 2017|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Dementia and Powers of Attorney in Scotland

  Dementia comes in all shapes and sizes and can vary from time to time but there is a touchstone so far as Powers of Attorney (PoA) are concerned. A diagnosis of dementia does not infer that capacity to make a PoA has been lost. When told that someone has [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:50:20+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|

Scottish Powers of Attorney are different

The comments of the English Judge on Powers of Attorney should be treated with caution in Scotland, which has it’s own laws and systems. The most important difference is that, at the time of signing, there is an assessment of the capacity of the granter.  A doctor or lawyer must [...]

By |2019-12-13T10:53:17+00:00August 16th, 2017|Scottish Law, Scottish Powers of Attorney|