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Hamilton Office
01698 281747

Strathaven Office
01357 522959

Private Client Legal Services

Most law practices of our size and age were founded on Private Client work, providing traditional conveyancing, executry and Wills services for succeeding generations of families. Although commercial law has become a major part of the Firm, we have not neglected our Private Client service, which has the same modern, high quality standards as our commercial services.

With an ageing population in Scotland, many are facing problems with Inheritance Tax planning, Guardianships and potential care-home costs.

Solicitors For Older People Scotland

Powers of Attorney

Inheritance Tax

Guardianships & Intervention Orders

Planning for Care Costs

Guide to Discretionary Family Trust

Equity Release

Advance Directives

Making Your Will

Private Client law and procedures becomes ever-more complicated, and clients require more sophisticated solutions. Sometimes Wills and Powers of Attorney are sufficient, but when appropriate we may recommend combinations including trusts, financial services, and lifetime gifting.

Where elderly clients lose capacity through dementia or illness, the process of having a Guardian appointed by the Court becomes ever more complicated, slow, and expensive. Several months and costs of a few thousand pounds are to be expected. All this can be avoided by grant of a Continuing Power of Attorney while the client is still able to do so. The cost is much less than a Guardianship, and while one hopes it might never be needed, if and when the need arises, it is available immediately to administer the client’s assets and to provide for his or her welfare.

We offer Legal Aid to qualifying clients in appropriate circumstances.

Scottish Legal Aid

Our Private Client, Executry and Trust team is headed by Pauline Milligan, a very experienced and well-qualified solicitor who specialises in Private Client work. She handles most of the planning work and complex estates where there are major tax issues.

Our other solicitors, although primarily concentrating on their commercial and litigation specialisms, have considerable experience in Private Client matters, and are available to advise private clients when required.