June 2020 – Charity Accounts and Covid-19

The last three BPUs (March, April and May) have all related to Covid-19. This one does not avoid the topic altogether but it is peripheral rather than the main focus. Last month the Scottish Charity Regulator, the Charity Commission for … More

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May 2020 – Coronavirus No 2 Act – a smorgasbord

The BPU for last month here focused on the fact that the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 made no  emergency provisions about the signing of wills during lockdown but explained that the Law Society had stepped in and provided guidance on … More

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April 2020 – Making a Will in Lockdown

Traditional will-making The traditional notion of making a will usually involves: a meeting at a solicitor’s office to discuss the terms of the will and give instructions; the solicitor  then sending out a draft of the will for review; and … More

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March 2020 – Covid-19 & Registering a Death Remotely

Registrars’ offices are currently closed to members of the public owing to the Coronavirus outbreak. But no burial or cremation can go ahead in Scotland without a Certificate of Registration of Death (“Form 14”)  having been issued by the registrar. … More

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