03 April 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estates Alan Roughead
Having a will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Without one you have no control over what will happen to your money, possessions and property after you die, often leading to stressful, and also costly, family disputes. Preparing for the future is not a negative action. It is not just in times of crisis that we should think ahead, tomorrow is never promised, so it is important to think of family and make the process as stress free as possible for them, whenever that may be. This can be even more important if you have children or grandchildren, are recently divorced or separated, or have a partner but are not legally married. It’s also important to think about a Will if you own a property or your own business.

24 March 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estates Alan Roughead
We'd like to say a huge thank you to our amazing NHS staff who are working endlessly during the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore from now until the end of April we will be donating 10% of our fees from Wills and Powers of Attorney to the NHS Tayside Health Fund. Everyone should have a Will and Power of Attorney in place, not just now because of the coronavirus pandemic, but so that we all prepare for our future.

02 March 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estates Susan Mackay
When Formula 1 racing legend Michael Schumacher went on a family skiing holiday in the French Alps six years ago, nobody expected him to fall and suffer a serious head injury which would end up with him being placed in an induced coma for 6 months, and still not be able to walk or talk. Although Schumacher may well have access to the very best medical experts, with his family now in charge, there is potential to cause a dispute between family members as to what the best medical action is for them to take, at what is no doubt already an incredibly stressful time. In Scotland you can appoint someone as your attorney, at a time when you do have mental capacity, to make decisions on your health and welfare via a Power of Attorney in the event that you lose the capacity to make certain decisions.

24 February 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estates Alan Roughead
In Scotland, a surviving spouse/civil partner or children can make a claim on the estate of a deceased person using their Legal Rights. So if like actor Michael Douglas, whose father Kirk Douglas chose charity over his son when deciding how to divide up his £60million fortune, you think you have been short-changed, then you can make a claim. A child, even if he or she is not named as a beneficiary in the Will, can always claim his or her "Legal Rights" in a deceased parent's estate. 

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