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Scottish Law

HABIT. That's this week's word. Both meanings, First, clothing - you know the old joke: you can kiss a nun once, twice even but don't get into the habit.

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I purchased PVC windows in 2009. One of the panes misted up, then the patio door wouldn't lock. The company said that because my windows were not fitted by them, they couldn't provide a guarantee. I took my receipt and contract to them, which says I have a 10-year guarantee, with no reference to windows having to be fitted by them, but they wouldn't accept this.

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So that's another season of running complete. Last week's Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run was a high point, but the final one of 2014. A long winter will soon set in. So what beckons for 2015?

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I am divorced, have one son and two sisters. Can any of them contest the will?

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Another one bites the dust. The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run has been seen off.

Two hours 34 minutes was my time on Sunday, an amble rather than a chase, but a thoroughly enjoyable outing, for me and the other members of Team Lafferty plus 15,000 others in our half-marathon. The 10k was also a triumph for its 10,000 competitors.

My brother is starting out in business and the bank wants a guarantee from me for an overdraft he needs for setting up and obtaining stock. How can I check if this is the right thing to do?

SEASON of mist and mellow fruitfulness. Autumn is well and truly with us. Leaves fall in lovely brown and orange colours, but it's a dodgy time for road runners. Weather is a crucial factor in jogging performance. I have seen it all.

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My husband won his case at an employment tribunal and was awarded £17,275.19, but we can't get the money from the employer. Another person is also owed an award. We have logged our objection with Companies House to stop the boss striking off his company because he owes us this debt. We now have to take him to court to receive the money. We have had a Sheriff's Officer serve the award on him but he has ignored this and all correspondence requesting payment. What is the best way to enforce this?

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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

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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.

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?

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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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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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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