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Organ Donation – changes to the law and what you need to know

Monday, 22 March 2021

You may have seen the Scottish government’s advertising campaign about changes in Scotland’s law regarding organ donation or perhaps you have recently received a leaflet through your door about this. From 26 March 2021, new legislation comes into force which means that all Scottish residents who are over 16, have lived in Scotland for 12 months prior to their death and are deemed to have mental capacity will be opted-in to organ donation... read more


Kate Garraway highlights importance of granting Power of Attorney

Friday, 19 March 2021

You may well have been following the plight of TV presenter Kate Garraway’s husband Derek Draper.  Almost a year ago Derek (aged 53) was placed on a ventilator after contracting coronavirus and he remains in hospital in intensive care.  He is reported to be the UK’s longest surviving Covid inpatient. Kate has highlighted that this dreadful situation has been compounded by the fact she does not have Power of Attorney for Derek.    This... read more


Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on Will making

Monday, 15 March 2021

As we approach the anniversary of the first Lockdown we may have cause to pause and reflect open such an unprecedented and difficult year. A recent survey by a company who prepares Wills in England has, perhaps unsurprisingly, confirmed a significant increase in people making Wills during the pandemic.  The survey highlights an interesting link between news headlines and surges in people making Wills.  It is reported that 6 April 2020 - the... read more


Where there is a Will….

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Where there’s a Will…. The comedian Ricky Gervais once joked “Where there’s a Will – there’s a relative!”  It is certainly true that Wills and family disputes can, sadly, go hand in hand at times.   Secret Will A case involving a family dispute over a Will recently made the news.  Joyce Greenwood, who died aged 93 last year, drew up a “secret” Will that prevented her two stepdaughters from inheriting their late... read more


Contact Agreements during Lockdown

Monday, 18 January 2021

This is current guidance from the Lord President of the Court of Session about the Coronavirus Crisis and Guidance on Compliance with Court Orders Relating to Parental Responsibilities and Rights. Contact agreements and orders are expected to operate notwithstanding lockdown and constitute an essential purpose for being outwith your home, irrespective of the covid 19 tier in place in the area. If parties cannot agree a variation to any... read more


Lifetime Legal in lockdown

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Our Lifetime Legal team last provided an update on 1 April 2020 as the unprecedented lockdown restrictions had taken hold and we all faced a very different way of working.  With our own office closed to the public as well as the Scottish Court Service, the Office of the Public Guardian and Registers of Scotland all effectively closed down it would be fair to assume that the lockdown period would have been a quiet time for our team.  However,... read more


Property Dept. Update - We are open from 10 June

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

We’re delighted to announce that we are re-opening our property department in advance of the expected relaxation in lockdown guidance allowing house sales and purchases to proceed.  We’d just like to reiterate that until Phase 2 is implemented, hopefully from 18th June, the current guidance is very clear and strictly no viewings, listings or pre-sale valuations can take place.   Once Phase 2 has been given the green light to proceed the... read more


Domestic Abuse Help

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Important Numbers Fife women’s aid - https://fifewomensaid.org.uk/ - 0808 802 5555 Scottish women’s aid - https://womensaid.scot/ - 0800 027 1234 AMIS - https://abusedmeninscotland.org/ - 0808 800 0024 National domestic abuse helpline - https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/ - 0808 2000 247 Police Protection Unit - 01592 418460 Stevenson and Marshall Solicitors - https://www.stevenson-marshall.co.uk/ - 01383 721141   While some... read more


Covid-19 Message - updated 3 July 2020

Monday, 6 April 2020

UPDATE 3 JULY 2020 We are delighted to announce that our door is open at last. However, we still have options on how we will communicate with clients to ensure their comfort and safety.  We are available for appointments by telephone, video conferencing and where necessary, in the office.   How we do business may have evolved however our commitment to our clients remains the same. If you want to contact us about our legal please contact... read more


Guidance on Child Access during Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday, 2 April 2020

The Lord President, who is the most senior judge in Scotland, has issued guidance on compliance of family court orders during the Coronavirus pandemic. The guidance makes it clear that those caring for children act “sensibly, safely, and in line with Scottish Government and UK Government guidance". The guidance makes the general position clear: it is no longer permitted for a person, including a child, to be outside their home for any purpose... read more


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