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Austin Lafferty, solicitors and estate agents in Glasgow, East Kilbride and Hamilton, provide legal advice to the businesses and individuals of Glasgow, East Kilbride, Hamilton and beyond. Get legal advice you can trust from Austin Lafferty. Below are details of our latest posts.
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The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, GSPC: Eulogy for a Friend

In our most recent contribution to The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, Austin discusses the recent liquidation of the Glasgow Solicitors Property Centre and what this means for the future of the property sector in Scotland. Read the full article on The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

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Austin Lafferty answers your legal questions

Would it be possible for someone to give gifts above the tax-free gift allowance but below the inheritance tax threshold, then set up a will to leave the remainder of the IHT allowance to their children, and then leave the rest of their estate to a charity, thus ensuring to ensure that the government receive nothing from a person’s estate when they die?

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Beware of online Home Report scams, warn leading Surveyors

One of Scotland’s largest independent firms of Chartered Surveyors has issued a warning to people selling their houses in Scotland to be wary of internet-based scams offering cut-price Home Reports.

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Laying Down the Law: Our Legal Eagle Answers Your Questions

I got into trouble in 1983 and have a criminal record, albeit for one minor offence. Could that old case be dragged up, say if I am going for a job or joining a golf club? I am respectable and would not wish a tarnish on my name from some busybody.

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First Scottish acquired by US Company Eli Global for undisclosed sum

Search company First Scottish has been sold by Souter Investments to multinational corporation Eli Global for an undisclosed amount in a transaction which completed on 21 August.

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Glasgow Large Panel flats feared to be unsafe

Glasgow tenants fear for the condition of housing built using an archaic construction method while the firm responsible for the houses, Wheatley Group, claim there are no structural defects.

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No Fault Divorce gains popularity amidst loveless marriages

According to a recent YouGov poll, 69% of respondents say that people should be able to seek a divorce without having to show their spouse is at fault.

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Laying Down the Law: What can I do about my noisy neighbours and how can I get my money back from an unhelpful retailer?

I BOUGHT a display cabinet from a furniture retailer. It was flat-pack and was to be assembled at my house by a joiner. When he opened up the packaging, we discovered that as well as a handle and two hinges missing, the drawer fronts are cream while the carcass is brown as I wanted. Numerous calls and visits later we are no further forward. What can we do?

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