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How grandparents can help grandchildren with nursery, school or higher education costs in a tax efficient way

Having a family can be costly, so preparing early for future educational costs should be carefully considered. Recent…

Posted on 12th December 2018

The use of Personal Injury Trusts

Trusts can have a variety of uses and benefits and are not just for the wealthy.  If you are receiving a sizeable sum…

Posted on 16th November 2018

Dealing with your affairs after a diagnosis of Dementia.

September is World Alzheimers month, with 21st September being globally recognised as the day in which Alzheimers…

Posted on 20th September 2018

Thorntons starts taking calls as it launches Charity Wills Month

Getting on the property ladder, starting a new career or having children are all key life milestones, but…

Posted on 5th September 2018

Why is having a Will so important?

As the sad news was unfolding of the death of Aretha Franklin, the private client solicitor in me did wonder might…

Posted on 29th August 2018

Cryptocurrency - Inheritance of my ‘Wallet’

Scotland has its own digital currency (the Scotcoin – which was launched back in 2013), and given the increasing awareness…

Posted on 28th August 2018

Can a text message be a valid Will?

This week, a French Court in the city of Metz ruled that a text message could not be regarded as a valid Will.…

Posted on 22nd August 2018

Do you have a professionally drafted Will?

Why make a Will?


Posted on 20th August 2018

Valuing Goods and Chattels

How many of us know the value of our household goods and personal effects?  How many of us simply estimate the contents…

Posted on 3rd August 2018

What we will see in the 2018 Budget… Maybe!

Earlier this month, the Treasury published draft…

Posted on 18th July 2018

Funeral Instructions; let your wishes be known

Prepaid funeral plans have featured heavily in the Press in recent weeks, prompting many individuals to consider…

Posted on 6th July 2018

Til death do us part

This month will host one of the most anticipated weddings this year, the wedding of HRH Prince Harry to Meghan Markle.…

Posted on 17th May 2018

Johnny Hallyday – A Family at War - Who’s right is it anyway?

The eldest children of French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who died in December last year, have sought a court order in France…

Posted on 15th May 2018

Inheritance Tax and The Increased Residence Nil Rate Band

The beginning of the new tax year on 6th April 2018 also marks an increase in the Residence…

Posted on 6th April 2018

Harper Lee – A Lack of Trust?

It was reported recently that the Will of the late author Harper Lee had been unsealed after a Court in the state of Alabama ruled that…

Posted on 9th March 2018

Are we about to see changes to Inheritance Tax?

Although liability to pay Inheritance Tax (IHT) only in fact affects 5% of estates, there is a perception (especially given…

Posted on 6th March 2018

Why Making A Power of Attorney Is A New Year's Resolution Worth Keeping

Graeme Dickson from our Private Client team discusses the benefits of having a Power of Attorney and why it's an important task you…

Posted on 26th January 2018

Internal career development encouraged as law firm promotes new partner

Leading Scottish law firm Thorntons started the New Year by appointing a new partner for its Dundee operation, amid an exciting planning…

Posted on 10th January 2018

Two thirds of the population don’t have a Will

New figures released by Macmillan Cancer Support show more than two thirds of the population don't have a Will.

In our article…

Posted on 10th January 2018

Practical advice if you’re faced with a family bereavement

Losing a loved one can be a distressing time and thinking about the practical arrangements are the last thing you want to face.

Posted on 5th January 2018