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Austin Lafferty

Austin Lafferty

Austin is the founding partner of Austin Lafferty Solicitors and Estate Agents, having qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and opened his own firm in 1987. As well as managing the firm, Austin has expertise in various aspects of private legal practice, now dealing mainly with business clients in commercial property transactions, leases, general business advice and support, and company acquisition.

He is also involved in a full range of legal services for individual clients, from wills and powers of attorney to conveyancing, civil disputes and family problems, working with solicitor colleagues in the firm on cases and transactions.

Austin is also a well-known broadcaster and writer on legal and other matters, and is a member of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland.

My husband and I own a house worth £310,000. We have both made wills leaving shares in it to our two children equally. Do we need to do anything to deal with death duties, inheritance tax or capital gains?

Today I write as usual about wellbeing - but the nation's Referendum day is tomorrow.

It's the greatest political campaign in Scotland's history.

Laying Down the Law - Our row over will

Posted by on in Scottish Law

We are both in our 80s and stay in a semi next door, who have not spoken to us since they moved in about 14 years ago, planted leylandii in their back garden along the boundary fence. This is now about 8ft and hanging into our garden.

Couples who were impacted most during the recession are up to eight times as likely to have suffered relationship breakdown compared to those who were least affected, according to a new study released by relationship support charity, Relate.

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We paid over £5,000 for a new kitchen supplied and fitted by a local firm. Six months later there is still substantial work incomplete. When I call I get fobbed off or made promises that are not kept. Can I sue the firm? I paid the full cost but I am not getting the service. Can the court make them complete the job?

 Alison Sharland has been granted permission to appeal a divorce agreement approved by the High Court after discovering that her former husband misled the Court.

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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise according to Benjamin Franklin. And that's it. I could stop right here and say no more.

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Too Many Adults are Without a Will

Posted by on in Wills and Estates

Around 28.7 million of the UK adult population (57%) haven’t made a will, according to new research by unbiased.co.uk, and Certainty.co.uk, the national will register.

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I am elderly and wish to leave my estate to my middle child of three as he is the one who has looked after me. The other two have plenty of money and I would rather it all went to the most deserving of them. How can I do this? I have a small flat and a couple of ISAs.

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We had wills and power of attorney set up by our lawyer. At the time he told us of another thing that would save us losing our house if we had to go into care. It cost of almost £4000, we decided against it. I have since heard that this is not 100% foolproof. Have we made a mistake ?

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MY husband divorced me on grounds of my unreasonable behaviour. I did not contest it as I still loved him and wanted to avoid a fuss. We agreed verbally that he would buy me out of the house or I would buy him out but it has not proceeded. He lives in the house and I in effect have nothing.

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Austin is looking forward to the Great Scottish Run in October, a half marathon taking in Glasgow's most famous sights. There's just the small matter of seven weeks of training and crossing the Kingston Bridge on foot to surmount...

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A recent publication from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) has given an interesting insight into Scottish demographic trends, as well as revealing statistics relating to births, marriages, adoptions and civil partnerships in Scotland.

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This week, Austin is prompted by some kitchen-sink fatalism to write on matters of age. He still feels young at heart though, as he prepares for yet more long-distance races.

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I left my car in a car park and returned to find it scratched. A man gave me the registration details of the vehicle that caused the scratch. Can I get the driver's details from the DVLA?

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Earlier this week, Glasgow Caledonian University hosted an independence referendum debate, with Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill and Advocate General Lord Wallace.

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190 lawyers and other interested parties gathered at Glasgow Caledonian University last night, for a debate on the Independence Referendum

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How can I stop my ex using my address? My ex-partner applied for a store card using my address, as I received it through the post.

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I am being bullied by neighbours when I'm at home alone.  They are making up stories about me, then phoning the police who are quite willing to believe them and charge me. I have no witnesses to verify this. How can I make it stop, apart from moving. How can I make the police believe that my neighbours are wasting their time?

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Austin visits Chicago and finds a city which caters perfectly for those of a sporty disposition.

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Glasgow

213 Fenwick Rd,
Giffnock,
Glasgow,
G46 6JD
Tel: 0141 621 2212
Fax: 0141 621 1342
e-mail: giffnock@laffertylaw.com

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Hamilton,
United Kingdom,
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East Kilbride,
South Lanarkshire,
G74 1LJ
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