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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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Help to Buy Scheme to Run For a Further Two Years

Scotland’s Help to Buy scheme, which assists people to buy a new-build home without needing to provide a large deposit, is to be extended beyond 2019, the Scottish Government has announced. 

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Reports Give Insight into Business Start-up Locations and Sectors

There has been a boom in new business start-ups in the UK, according to new research commissioned by Royal Mail

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Laying Down the Law: Brother claiming our sisters weren't left anything after mum's death

MY mum passed away, and among other things, my brother who dealt with the funeral and the insurance and money is saying that two of our sisters are not getting a penny of the estate. Is this legal? 

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Mortgages More Affordable in Scotland than Rest of UK

New research by Bank of Scotland has revealed that homeowners in Scotland pay a fifth (20%) of their disposable income towards their mortgage each month. This proportion has almost halved compared to 2007. 

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Laying Down the Law: Will our divorce end my pension entitlement?

MY husband and I divorced a quite a few years ago but have remained on good terms. I have retained my married name. I know I am named beneficiary in ex-husband’s works pension. Would divorce disbar me from receipt of benefits if he died? Could only children have a claim? 

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Laying Down the Law: Should I contest guardianship?

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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John Roberts

UK M&A Activity

The Office for National Statistics has given a breakdown of mergers and acquisitions involving UK companies that took place in the fourth quarter (October to December) of 2017, and also over the whole of the year. 

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Austin Lafferty

Laying Down the Law: Row over parking

WHEN I was having our mutual boundary with the next door neighbour checked, it turned out my garage is built about eight inches into their land. This has caused a problem. My neighbour has threatened to move my garage, but it has been in place for over 30 years. I have no practical alternative for parking as putting the car at the front of the driveway causes other problems. Can my neighbour force this issue?

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