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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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Government Launches Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Consultation

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on first-time buyer relief from Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT), which it previously announced in the draft Scottish Budget 2018/19. 

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Laying Down the Law: Can employers know of past conviction?

I GOT into trouble in 1982 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. 

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Laying Down the Law: How do I go about making a will?

I WANT to make a will but do not have a clue where to start. I was thinking of buying a will pack from a shop or downloading something, but I am worried I might make a mistake that I can’t change after I pass away. 

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Impact of Child Maintenance Options Service

The Department for Work and Pensions has published the results of a survey conducted among separated parents who had made contact with its Child Maintenance Options Service. 

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Laying Down the Law: How can we get our money back?

I OWN my flat in a block of six, and each of us is liable for a share of repairs. The property is not factored but we have a residents’ fund which five of us pay into. The other resident, who we have no way of contacting, does not pay and ignores even lawyers’ letters. This leaves us to shoulder their share with the other residents. How should we proceed to reclaim money we are owed? 

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FCA Consults on Widening Business Access to Financial Ombudsman

Following a review of the protections available to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) as users of financial services, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is proposing to give more SMEs access to the Financial Ombudsman Service (the Ombudsman) and has launched a consultation over these plans. 

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Laying Down the Law: How can we oversee our daughter's bank transactions?

I HAVE a daughter who has been awarded money for a trust – she is disabled and mentally incapacitated. We would like to invest the money to buy her a car for mobility, but she is over 21 and the bank will not let us deal with her bank accounts. 

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2017’s Biggest House Price Move Locations

New research from Halifax has revealed the towns and cities in the UK that experienced the biggest increases in house prices in 2017, and also the biggest price falls. 

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