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  • Inheritance Rights of Cohabitees

    Cohabitation is far more common these days than ever before. To move in with a partner is a big decision and understandably the practicalities of what would happen to the cohabitants’ home if one of them were to die without leaving a will is not top of the list of immediate considerations. However, unlike spouses ...
  • A Scots Woman Sues for £1million

    Adele Burns, a mother of two, is suing Rainbow Room International claiming her hair treatment caused a stroke. Mrs Burns had her hair washed six times during a treatment at Rainbow Rooms in Glasgow. She left the hairdresser in April 2016 with a headache. The next day she lost her sight, felt dizzy and passed out ...
  • Scotland Offers Affordable Seaside Living

    Many of us would like to live by the sea and new research by Bank of Scotland has revealed that it may not be as unaffordable as some might think. The research found that average property prices by the sea have increased by 6% over the past five years, which is significantly lower than the rise ...
  • Slime Toys could be Potentially Dangerous to Children

    Slime products have surged in popularity in the last year. However, a new report has revealed that slime-based toys may contain high levels of chemicals which can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, cramps, headaches, tremors and skin irritation. The warning relates to a chemical called boron. Consumer Group Which? tested 11 products and found that eight of them ...
  • Many ‘ Empty Nesters’ Choose Not to Downsize

    New research from the Bank of Scotland has revealed that about 43% of adults whose children have ‘flown the nest’ intend to remain in the family home rather than downsizing. Although most are enjoying the extra space and freedom, 25% say that they are not appreciating living in an empty nest with 16% saying it ...
  • GDPR – How Will it Affect my Business?

    All businesses have paper and/or digital records of data relating to their customers and employees: names, addresses, emails and other personal information. On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law. The GDPR sets new standards for data protection and its enforcement. It restates what is meant by data and how that data ...
  • Rise in First-Time Buyer Numbers

    There was a sharp rise in the number of first-time buyers entering the property market in 2017 despite having to put down a deposit that is more than double what was required ten years ago. The latest Halifax First-Time Buyer Review found that the number of first- time buyers rose by 6% in the last 12 ...
  • On-line Estate Agents vs Traditional Estate Agents

    Over the past few years there has been an explosion in online estate agents who charge a flat fee rather than commission. Certainly digital technology, smart phones, apps and the Internet have transformed the way people market their property or search for a new home.  Slideshows and videos give great opportunities for showing a property ...
  • Number of Bankruptcy Awards in Scotland Falls

    On the 24 January 2018 the Scottish Government body which deals with insolvency known as the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) released its latest statistics. The figures show a decrease in the number of bankruptcy awards in the last quarter of 2017. Although the AiB only keeps partial records relating to corporate insolvency the figures they ...
  • Be Proactive on Voluntary Registration

    I have just been examining a big bundle of titles which were all dusty, making me sneeze, and some were barely legible. These titles relate to a property which has not yet been registered in the Land Register of Scotland but are titles recorded in Scotland’s General Register of Sasines , the oldest national land ...

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