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Murray Beith Murray is a leading Scottish private client law firm.

For over 170 years we have specialised in meeting the legal, financial and administrative needs of individuals and families, family trusts, charities and private companies.

Statutory legacy raised to £270,000 in England & Wales, but what happens when you die intestate in Scotland?

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New intestacy rules for England & Wales have recently been announced, which raise the “statutory legacy” sum to £270,000. The laws of succession have a profound effect on what your loved ones will inherit when you die intestate (i.e. without leaving a valid Will) and it’s important to know that dying without a Will north of the border differs from the rest of the UK. In this article, we will look over the new changes to the intestacy legislation, what happens when you die intestate and automatic entitlement for families.

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Foreign power of attorney – what are they and are they valid in Scotland?

peterRecent figures from the National Records of Scotland predict a 23.2 per cent rise in the number of pensioners by 2043. Chief executive of Age Scotland, Brian Sloan, said that while it’s welcome news that we’re living longer, ‘we need to do more to prepare’. A way in which we can do this is by becoming more conscious of safeguarding our affairs, particularly for when we are no longer capable of making decisions for ourselves. 

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Edinburgh is ‘key driver’ in commercial property sales across Scotland, with new proposals set to continue this success

billlAccording to a recent analysis from the Scottish Property Federation (SPF), the total value of commercial property sales across Scotland has rebounded between July and September. A total of £1.2 billion worth of sales were completed in the quarter, nearly double the total value of commercial property sales recorded in the previous quarter (£763 million) and £336 million more than the same quarter of 2018. 

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What regulations could be coming for Airbnb rentals in Edinburgh?

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Concerns have been raised over the uncontrolled rise in short-term lets across Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh City Centre. While the short-term rental sector has generated £723 million worth of economic activity in Scotland, it has been suggested that short-term lets have added to housing market pressures and problems in neighbouring communities. With this in mind, the Scottish Government published a consultation to obtain views from experts and the public on whether short-term lets should be regulated.

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A traineeship full of surprises

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As we approach the end of 2019, one of our recently qualified solicitors, Adam Swayne, reflects back at the conclusion of his 2-year traineeship with Murray Beith Murray, and recommends the firm to anyone considering a legal career. 

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