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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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£73k price premium demanded by homes near top Scottish schools

Parents seeking to live in the catchment area of a top performing state secondary school in Scotland are required to pay an average of £72,973 more, according to new research from the Bank of Scotland.

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Austin Lafferty answers all your legal questions

THE local authority is taking financial guardianship for my mother in a care home with dementia. I cannot get power of attorney now, and am wondering if I should contest the council’s guardianship application.

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Austin Lafferty - the law man's top advice

Some time ago the top flat caused a major leak of water that affected my flat – electrics out for days, walls damaged, and other personal losses, as well as upset and inconvenience. We have been negotiating with loss adjusters but feel we’re getting nowhere. Can you suggest anything?

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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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