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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.
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New Consultation on Civil Partnerships in Scotland

A consultation is being held in Scotland, seeking a response from the public on the future of civil partnerships within the country. This follows on from the UK Supreme Court’s recent decision that the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (“the 2004 Act”) is not compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); it does not permit opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership like same-sex couples.

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Scottish property price growth tops the whole of UK

Two recent studies of Scotland’s property market showed that while the UK is seeing a drop in property prices, there is positive sales activity within Scotland. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reported that 36 per cent more chartered surveyors told of a sales increase across Scotland, with the overall market portraying a "sturdy picture".

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Austin Lafferty lays down the law

If a resident in an upper flat damages the flat below owned and occupied, who pays for the damage? We had a leak of water from the flat above us and we have tried to get the owners there to pay us for our redecoration but they have told us just to go to our insurance.

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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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