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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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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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Laying Down the Law: How can I get hold of my title deeds and can my son get compensation after being burned at work?

THE mortgage on my home was redeemed some years ago and the bank has continued to store my title deeds at an ever increasing charge. They say that they can only release my title deeds to a solicitor (this is not the case in England). Do I really need my title deeds to be retained by a building society or solicitor, or is the land registry in Scotland the best place to get a copy when I need them?

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Many Miscalculate the Upfront Costs of Buying First Home

Yorkshire Building Society has recently published research which indicates that many first time buyers are planning inaccurately for the costs of buying their first home, and urges first-time buyers to think and budget carefully to improve their chances of becoming homeowners.

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Laying Down the Law: I want to divorce my husband but I can't find him

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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Are You Prepared for a Smooth Landing into Retirement?

In my most recent article, “R is for…?”, published in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, I considered the retirement options available for sole practitioners and small firms.

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Laying Down the Law: Drama over will wishes

I HAVE finally got around to making my will, and want to make my close friend my executor, not any of my children. They are grown up but not practical (they all live abroad or away from Scotland). Is this legal, or can my eldest, who thinks he should be executor anyway although he lives in Wales, step in and take the friend’s place? 

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