A new scheme has been unveiled to help first time buyers get on to the property ladder.
Similar to other government schemes such as LIFT and Help to Buy, the Scottish government's First Home Fund will contribute towards the cost of buying a property through a shared equity scheme. This means that the purchase cost is split between both the buyer and the Scottish government, so the Government holds a share in the property and the buyer then usually repays the government's contribution when the property is sold.
Tiger Woods, Madonna, Beyonce and Jay-Z – they all have them. But prenuptial agreements are not just for the wealthy or Hollywood A-listers. So if your other half popped the question at Christmas, think with your head as well as your heart and make sure you are protected for your future together. A pre-nup can be a beneficial legal document when settling your finances should the marriage break down in the future and there are plenty of reasons to consider one – even if you don’t have a huge net worth, you will still have assets to protect, either now or later down the line.
Following a two year traineeship with the firm, Blair MacDonald is now a qualified solicitor and becomes part of the Family Law team where he will be offering clients assistance with the full spectrum of family law, from divorce and separation to cohabitation agreements to adoption. Janice Smith has also joined Macnabs as a paralegal in the Property team, and Caroline Mitchell as a trainee paralegal in the private client department which advises on Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Executries.
Losing money to a scam can be extremely upsetting and frustrating, and when you thought you were on top of them all, another new scam hits law firms and their clients.
Both Revenue Scotland and the Law Society have flagged up a new series of communications being sent to members of the public and clients of Scottish solicitors. The letters suggest that the recipient may be entitled to a repayment of LBTT and some suggest that the solicitor who acted for them in a recent purchase has acted incorrectly, should be sued and that the claims company can help with that.