Preparing to sell your property is key to making sure you give yourself the best chance of attracting buyers and getting the best price possible for your property.At the end of summer, there are always jobs to do to get your property sale-ready.The property professionals and estate agents at ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan have written their tops tips for getting your home ready for a sale.You can read all about them in their article, 'Getting ready to sell your property in the autumn'.In addition to these great tips, there is a new fire alarm law that will take effect from February 2022.Before selling your home, please make sure it meets the new fire alarm legislation.If you are planning on selling your Edinburgh home, please do get in touch and let our estate agents help you make the process as easy as possible.
My Employer has presented me with a “Settlement Agreement”…A Settlement Agreement is a binding contract between an employer and employee and can be proposed for many different reasons.At ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan, we largely see them where there is a proposal to end the employee’s employment, for example:Due to a redundancy situation,a capability concern,a conduct concern,or an employer feeling that things are “not working out”.However, Settlement Agreements can also be used to settle grievances or disputes that may have arisen even when the employment is to continue.If you have been presented with a settlement agreement, please take a few minutes to read our article 'What is a Settlement Agreement' to find out what you should consider and do before signing the agreement.
A power of attorney (POA) is a document that appoints someone you trust to be your attorney and authorises them to act on your behalf, during your lifetime.Your attorney can act for you either if you ask them to and give them your permission, or if you have lost capacity and are not able to act and make decisions for yourself.The key thing about Power of Attorneys is that if you wait until you definitely need it, it might be too late.It should be discussed, drafted, and signed while you have full capacity and without needing anyone else to be involved.There should be no doubts about your instructions.A bit like house insurance – you could say that you don’t really need this, but if you wait until your kitchen is smoking you’ll have a hard time getting any insurance cover!What’s covered in the Power of Attorney?What can my Attorney do?There are two main aspects to a POA:Financial and administrative mattersPersonal welfare matters.
Writing a Will in ScotlandIn Scotland, it is advisable for every adult to write a Will.You can create a simple Will that leaves everything you own to 1 person or it can be complex due to your personal circumstances.Without a Will, the rules of intestacy apply and this could mean that your ex-wife could inherit everything instead of your current partner.Having a solicitor write or at the very least check your will, means that it will be difficult to contest after your death and you can be assured the people you love benefit from your estate.Although, paying for a solicitor to write your will may seem like an unnecessary expense it can save your family money and stress in the long term.How To Write Your Own WillIn the short term, or in a critical situation, having a simple handwritten Will in place may be better than having no Will at all, but we always advise you to consult a solicitor as soon as possible.You can follow our easy guide on writing a DIY Will on our website.It assumes that the person making the Will (the testator) wishes to leave everything to her husband, otherwise to her two children.
ELP Arbuthnott McClanachan is a firm of solicitors and estate agents in Edinburgh.Their offices are in the west of the city in Davidsons Mains and in the east in Leith.We offer a full range of estate agency services along with all the necessary legal services required to complete your sale or purchase.On our website, you can always find a wide selection of beautiful Edinburgh properties for sale from 1 bedroom flats to 5 bedroom detached villas.We have a very experienced team of solicitors, a property manager and support staff who will guide you through the process of buying, selling or re-mortgaging a property step-by-step, ensuring that you are always fully informed and advised along the way.Our service is high quality, professional, good value for money and, above all, personal and friendly.We are very happy to take the time to discuss the process with you and to answer any questions you may have at any time during the course of your transaction.