At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

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This week Shona Geddes, Head of Thompsons private client team looks at myths regarding Wills and the reasons why people think they don’t need to make a Will in Scotland.

We often hear people saying "I’m not old enough to need a Will… I’ll get round to making a Will one day…I’m married, I don’t need a Will…"

Myth of the Week Which of the following statements are true?

(a)    My spouse and I do not need to make Wills as when either of us die, the other will inherit everything.

(b)    Because I have been living with my partner for 5 years, he/she will automatically inherit my entire estate when I die.

(c)    Because I have been living with my partner for 10 years, we have automatically acquired the rights and responsibilities given to married couples.

(d)    If my partner and I were to separate, I would automatically be entitled to half of everything.

(e)    I have entered into a civil partnership, therefore I do not need to make a Will as my partner will inherit everything on my death.


None of the above statements are true.  The only way to ensure that your estate passes according to your wishes is to make a Will.

By making a Will, cohabitants can properly provide for their partner on death and not leave the decision to the court.  Married couples and civil partners should not leave the passing of their estate to be decided by the laws of intestacy.  If they do this, they could end up with less than half of their deceased spouse or civil partner’s estate.

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