When you are seeking solicitors in Glasgow the expert team here at MacDonald and Company are here to assist you by providing a range of legal services. We are based in the West End of Glasgow and offer our legal services accross Scotland.
We offer a comprehensive range of legal services that cater for the general public and businesses alike. Services available through MacDonald and Company comprise:
At MacDonald & Co we have vast experience in all areas of residential and commercial conveyancing. Whether you are looking to buy, sell or re-mortgage our staff will be able to guide you through the process from start to finish. We provide our clients with an efficient and professional service at competitive prices.
We act for a number of different clients, from first time buyers to property developers and have a full understanding of the current property market. We have experience of buying and selling properties all over Scotland.
The importance of making a Will cannot be over-stated.
Making a Will is the only way to ensure that your estate is distributed as you wish upon your death.
If you do not make a Will, your estate will be distributed according to the Laws of Succession, which may result in those closest to you failing to benefit from your estate. By making a Will you can ensure that your loved ones are provided for after your death. Having a Will also ensures that the process of winding up your estate is far simpler, minimising the stress and uncertainty for those left behind.
Making arrangements after the death of a relative or friend can be difficult. A solicitor can offer practical advice and support in the process of dealing with the Estate. If the deceased did not make a Will then the Executor (the person who administers the Estate) has to be appointed by the court. This is done by way of Petition and a solicitor can prepare the Petition and have it lodged at the relevant court. If the deceased died with a properly drafted and executed Will then there is no need to do this.
The Executor must find out what the Estate is worth by adding all the assets and deducting all the liabilities. This might involve writing to banks, building societies, the Department for Work & Pensions, utility companies and anyone else whom the deceased was involved with financially. An inventory of the Estate has to be drawn up and it might be that the question of inheritance tax will arise. After preparing the inventory the Executor requires to obtain Confirmation (in England this is called Probate) from the relevant sheriff court. Confirmation is the legal document which gives the Executor the authority to engather the Estate by writing to the various banks etc and distribute the Estate according to the Will of the deceased or to the law of intestacy where there is no Will.
An Executor does not have to employ a solicitor but if there is a large Estate or one where there is a house or other property, many bank accounts or shareholdings, or arguments with beneficiaries then things can get very complicated. Beneficiaries will often put pressure on an Executor to wind up the Estate quickly and sometimes relationships between family members can get difficult and disputes may arise. An Executor might find him or herself very much at the centre of attention and can in fact be held personally liable for any errors that might be made. By employing a solicitor with experience in winding up Estates, the Executor can be relieved of some of the inevitable pressure.
If the deceased owned a house at date of death then Confirmation requires to be obtained in respect of the house before title can be transferred to a beneficiary or before the house can be sold. Ideally Confirmation should be obtained before the property is put on the market for sale to prevent complications arising during the conveyancing process.
We have experience in dealing with the winding up of Estates. We can advise you at all stages of the process from how to appoint an Executor to obtaining Confirmation and ultimately transferring title of any property to the purchaser or acting in the conveyancing of the sale of the property.
We welcome all enquiries, from domestic to commercial so be sure to get in touch with us today to discuss your individual requirements.
We specialise in providing high quality legal and property services to our clients. Drawing from over 15 years of experience in the legal industry we offer an extensive range of legal services to cover most of your legal requirements, so do not hesitate to call us now if you are seeking legal advice or require legal assistance.
For further information on the vast array of services available through MacDonald and Company, be sure to get in touch with us. We can be reached on 0141 959 1999 or by emailing [email protected].
We respond to all enquiries as soon as we can, and look forward to assisting you in any way we can.
1607 Great Western Road Anniesland Glasgow G13 1LT