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The digital revolution which has taken place during the last decade means that many of us own a new form of asset which might be described as “digital estate”. This can include: (i) digital assets such as data, photos, videos, on-line purchased music, films and audio-books, Bitcoins, computer game characters,… Read More »Read More
Duncan McFadzean, one of our Directors and an Employment Law specialist, discusses this question which has become more and more relevant to all kinds of employees. The short answer to the question is “no”, but there is more to this than meets the eye! What is the flexible working right?… Read More »Read More
Bob Arbuthnott and Lisbeth-Ann Pay, two of our very experienced conveyancing solicitors, offer some advice which will be helpful for anyone looking to buy a property. 1. Don’t be fooled by the asking price Many purchasers are confused by the terms “Offers Over”, “Offers Around” or “Offers in the Region… Read More »Read More
Cathy Donald, a solicitor practicing in our Employment Law team, discusses the developing law on protection for obese workers following the decision by the European Court of Justice in the case of Kaltoft v Kommunernes Landsforening C-354/13. Is obesity a “disability”? The question of whether obesity qualifies as a disability… Read More »Read More
Do I really need a Will? Won’t my next of kin inherit anyway? One of the main reasons for having a Will in place is to ensure that your assets will pass to your chosen beneficiaries. Our experience is that many people believe that their next of kin will inherit… Read More »Read More
It has been hard to keep track of all the recent changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) and the new Scottish Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) which will take effect from 1 April 2015. Laura McFadzean, one of our Directors and an experienced conveyancing solicitor, summarises the changes… Read More »Read More
Emma Reid, a solicitor practising in our Employment Law Team, explains our top 5 reasons why employers should review their employment contracts. New Year Resolutions The beginning of a new year is traditionally a time for individuals to review and resolve: reviewing the status quo and resolving to improve things… Read More »Read More
What is a “Living Will”? A “Living Will” is a bit of an odd concept. It sounds like a contradiction in terms. Surely a Will deals with what happens when you pass away not when you are alive? A Living Will is more properly defined as an “Advanced Medical Directive”… Read More »Read More
The Chancellor has today announced new rates of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for residential properties which will apply from midnight tomorrow, Thursday 4 December 2014. New rates The new rates for SDLT will be: Up to £125,000: 0% £125,001 to £250,000: 2% £250,001 to £925,000: 5% £925,001 to £1,500,000:… Read More »Read More
Many of our clients are very concerned about the prospect of going into care and having their assets used to meet care costs with the result that their family may receive a greatly depleted inheritance. Barbara Watson discusses this difficult issue and what you can do to protect your assets…. Read More »Read More
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