Anti Sectarian Laws...

...already exist.

Why does the Scottish Parliament feel the need to legislate in an area already well covered by Scots law?

Could it be political grandstanding? Surely not.  Thoughts?

StoryBBC

Internet is not always cheaper!

We recently came across a case where someone thought they were saving money by instructing a divorce lawyer over the internet.

However the cost was significantly in excess of that which would have been charged at Tait Macleod.

The internet can be useful in locating a solicitor to instruct but people should be aware it is not always cheaper.

Shop local!!

Cage Rage

Two eight year olds fighting in a full sized octagon while adults spectate.  I'm most 8 year old boys fight like this a lot - especially with brothers.  The context of this does however seem odd.  Why are there so many adults?  On the other hand this happens at football games up and down the country.

Is there outrage just because of the nature of the activity?  That may be at the root of it.  Most people involved in martial arts, boxing or MMA are responsible in training and competing but there probably does need to be regulation up to a certain age to protect children.

read the full BBC report here.

Now is the time to get round to that Will (and Power of Attorney)

Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do.  It clarifies your wishes in relation to your property, children (if under 16 years) and funeral arrangements.

Failure to make a Will can cause major difficulties for your beneficiaries.  Your estate will be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes. Making a Will also provides an opportunity for us to advise on whether you should consider tax planning.  If you do not make a Will, it may be necessary to apply to the court to appoint an executor, which will simply be a further cost.

Regardless of age you should also consider making a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney can have immediate effect or, can be postponed to take effect only when a doctor certifies you are no longer capable of dealing with your affairs and making decisions about your welfare.

If you become unable to administer your affairs but have not granted a Power of Attorney then your next of kin will have to apply to the court to appoint someone to deal with your affairs. This is time consuming and cost in the region of £2,000.

Throughout May, 2011 we are offering a reduced rate for Wills and Powers of Attorney for our existing clients.  Depending on your financial circumstances you may be eligible for Legal Aid to cover the costs.

If you wish to prepare a Will or Power of Attorney or both please contact us to arrange an appointment.

01324 88 88 77

Power Cut

Apologies to all clients and others for the inconvenience caused by today's power cut.  Unfortunately a number of businesses were hit by the cut which struck at about 10.45am.  Power is due to be restored tonight but we wait in anticipation for the morning.

We are down to one phone line (old school phone that doesn't need plugged in!!)

Emails are stil being received on smartphones for This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will keep you updated.

Tait Macleod Solicitors
6 Park Street
Falkirk. FK1 1UZ.
LP 38 Falkirk
Tel: 01324 88 88 77
Fax: 01324 41 16 07 

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