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The Austin Lafferty Solicitors & Estate Agents Blog

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.

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.

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Companies to Report on Payment Practices

The UK Government has recently taken a number of steps to tackle the issue of late payment of invoices, which is a serious and ongoing problem for many small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK. Recent findings from the payment processor Bacs report that nearly half of the UK’s small-to-medium sized businesses experience late payment, with £26.3 billion owed to them in total.

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Laying Down the Law: Help! I want to divorce my husband but I don't know where he is.

My husband and I have been separated for six years. I don’t know where he is. I now want a divorce. I tried at York as we were married in England but they would not deal with the application as I had no address for him. There are no property or financial issues to deal with. How can I proceed if at all?

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Shortage of Houses Continues to Pose Problems

A lack of properties coming onto the housing market is continuing to prove problematic, according to the latest Residential Market Survey by RICS.

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Laying Down the Law: Boundary wars - who can help?

My neighbour removed the boundary hedge between our respective owned properties without my consent and then erected a panel fence which is at least half a foot into my ground. As a result, my proposed conservatory had to be reduced by a third of a metre wide. I have complained to the local authority and had meetings with them but nothing can be done?

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Laying Down the Law: Can I change shop lease factors? We never get answers over breakdown of costs.

I have a shop leased. It is in a tenement block in Glasgow. The factors are not good at doing repairs and seem to bill us very highly every six months but never answer calls about supplying breakdowns of costs. Can I get together with the flat owners upstairs and change factors?

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Laying Down the Law: Help! I’ve been falsely reported to the DWP by a malevolent phone call

I’ve been falsely reported to the DWP by a malevolent phone call. DWP are now investigating me. Who would I best approach to help me with this?

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Pets and Divorce

In an interesting story from across the pond, the state of Alaska has apparently passed an amendment to its laws on divorce that will change the way pets are treated when their owners get divorced.

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Laying Down the Law: Advice for wills executors

My dad has three children including myself, and made me executor of his will. My brother has been made bankrupt and is concerned I won¹t give him his share of father's estate when he dies. I have been reading some of the responsibilities I have as an executor and I have discovered that if I allow a bankrupt person to receive his money from a will I will be liable for his debts? I think my brother will want me to lie and I do not want to get involved.

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