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.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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Family fall outs are nothing new. However, when a child is cut out of a Will, this can lead to untold family frustration. This was recently the case when the son of Bedazzled star Liz Hurley found he had been disinherited by his father in his Will.

The pandemic has highlighted the difficulties faced by families whose relatives are residents of care homes and whose visiting rights were restricted during lockdown. Perhaps the most concerning aspect is in relation to the hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people who were moved from hospitals to care homes amidst confusion over the legal rights of adults with incapacity.

Today is the first ever national Power of Attorney day in Scotland. This is part of a campaign by Health and Social Care Scotland to raise awareness of Powers of Attorney and encourage people to seriously consider if they require one.

It is now very common for couples to live together who are not married or in a civil partnership. Such couples are defined as “cohabitees”.  

Most cohabiting couples assume that they would inherit from their partner’s estate in the event of their death. Unfortunately, this may not be the case.

The Financial Conduct Authority has fined Santander almost £33 million for failing to transfer over £183 million of deceased customer’s funds when they should have. This directly affected 40,428 customers.

We regularly advise our clients to have three documents: a Will, a Power of Attorney and an Advance Medical Directive. All three are essential documents for estate planning.

The Competition and Markets Authority have found that funeral costs have increased by two-thirds in the last decade – this was approximately three times the rate of inflation.

Legal loophole – can you force an Executor to resign where they are convicted of murdering the deceased.

Recently we have been in the unfortunate situation of having to advise the family of a murder victim that the person convicted of the murder is appointed to act as the Executor to the victim’s estate. Many other families of murder victims in Scotland have been surprised and shocked to learn that the convicted killer of their loved one can act as the Executor to the estate of their victim. Whilst an Executor can not change the terms of a Will and a convicted murderer can not inherit from their victim’s estate, the Executor does have power to make decisions about the management and distribution of the property of the deceased, depending on the terms of the Will.

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