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What is a Power of Attorney?

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It is commonly thought that we will be able to make decisions for an adult family member who no longer has the capacity to look after their own affairs. This is not the case.  Your spouse, partner, children or other loved ones are powerless to make any decisions on your behalf unless you have appointed them in terms of a power of attorney. Many people have heard of power of attorney but are under the impression that they can leave it until they need it, but by then it's too late! You can only appoint a person to act as your attorney if you have the capacity to make your own decisions.   If you no longer have such capacity, whether as a result of a medical condition or an accident, the decision about who looks after your affairs is taken out of your hands and the Court decides what is best for you, after a lengthy process.  In some cases decisions regarding you may even be taken out of the hands of your family and responsibility for looking after the welfare of a loved one is taken over by the Chief Social Worker of the local authority.

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Legal advice for separating couples in Scotland…10 years on

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This year will mark the 10th anniversary of legislation coming into force in Scotland which has changed the legal framework for separating couples who are not married. 

According to the Office for National Statistics in 2014 there were 18.6 million families in the UK.  Of these, 12.5 million were married couple families. This is the most common family type in the UK.  However, cohabiting couple families grew by 29.7% between 2004 and 2014. This is the fastest growing type of family in the UK.  It is clear that the composition of families is changing and the law in Scotland has adapted in order to reflect that. 

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We are now offering regular surgeries to those in the Western Isles!

Being one of the oldest legal practices in the Highlands and having recently being awarded High Street Firm of the Year we feel the time is right to extend our services to the wider community by offering regular surgeries to those in the Western Isles.

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Busiest Festive Period in a Decade for Highland Property Market

Figures have revealed that the demand for houses in the Highlands reached fever pitch in December with a mini-boom in the property market.

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Should you get a Prenuptial Agreement before Marriage?

Many newspapers are often littered with celebrity scandals and claims of divorce with financial settlements and prenuptial agreements or “prenups” often hotly discussed. While there is a stigma attached to prenups with many seeing them as a resignation that the relationship will fail, prenuptial agreements do make a lot of sense and could prove beneficial to a marriage or partnership.

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is a document that outlines how a couple should divide their assets and estate if their marriage is to breakdown. Sadly, divorce is more common in society now than ever in modern day society with almost 50% of all marriages ending in a divorce.  A prenuptial agreement ensures that your assets and finances are protected and that there is less bickering if your relationship is to breakdown.

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