We offer advice in a number of areas of law, namely:
Buying a Property
We provide advice to and act on behalf of people interested in purchasing a house both in Shetland and elsewhere in Scotland. Find more information and guidance here. Please ask to speak to one of our solicitors, Neil Risk or Laura Sinclair if you need any advice.
Selling a Property
We can provide estate agency for the sale of properties in Shetland and legal services in relation to the sale of properties in Shetland and elsewhere in Scotland, depending on the client’s needs.
Our estate agency services include preparation of a Property Schedule, advertising in my property windows both at the North Ness Business Park and on Commercial Street in Lerwick, in the local press and on this website, together with accompanied viewings if required. We also provide updates on Facebook and Twitter. Please contact my office for further information.
Find more information and guidance about selling your property here.
We provide legal services relating to residential leasing, including the drawing up of Short-Assured Tenancies. I do not currently offer a service for managing/factoring rental accommodation. Find more information about Short Assured Tenancies in Scotland here: https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-agreements-a-guide-for-landlords-scotland/short-assured-and-assured-tenancies.
We provide advice on and prepare Wills, but cannot provide detailed advice on any aspects of Capital Gains Tax or Inheritance Tax. We can refer clients to a specialist practitioner to assist them with advice on these matters.
During November each year, we take part in the Will Aid Scheme, where clients can have a basic Will prepared, but instead of charging our usual fees, we will invite clients to make a voluntary donation of a similar amount to Will Aid. We also take part in Amnesty International’s Make a Will Fortnight in March of each year, where Amnesty Supporters can have a Will drawn up without charge (the decision about whether to leave a legacy to Amnesty or make a donation to them is up to the supporter). More information about leaving a legacy to Amnesty can be found here: https://www.amnesty.org.uk/sites/default/files/amnesty_legacy_booklet_3_0.pdf.
Making Continuing and Welfare Powers of Attorney
Having a Continuing and Welfare Power of Attorney lets you plan what you want another person to do for you in the future, should you become incapable of making decisions about your own affairs. A Power of Attorney is a formal document which includes a certificate signed either by a solicitor who is registered to practice law in Scotland or by a UK medical doctor. We can provide advice on this and draw up the document for you. You can find more information at http://www.publicguardian-scotland.gov.uk/power-of-attorney or http://www.lawscot.org.uk/for-the-public/what-solicitors-can-do-for-you/power-of-attorney/.
We can advise and assist with the winding up of executry estates (ie dealing with the money and other assets of someone who has died). There are different procedures to be followed depending on whether the deceased person made a Will or not.
The day-to-day administration work in relation to Wills, Powers of Attorney and Executries is carried out by our Registered Paralegal, Jennifer Smith.
We can provide general advice on buying and selling a business.
We provide advice on general matters relating to the law of crofting.
Please contact us if you wish to know more about the services we provide.