Posted on Feb 07, 2014
A dedicated probate website has been launched by leading Scottish law firm, Thorntons.
The Probate Scotland website went live at the start of 2014, offering specialist services to those needing assistance obtaining Confirmation, the Scottish equivalent of Probate.
Thorntons has identified a need for this advice as the firm regularly receives enquiries looking for assistance from both individuals and other agents from the rest of the UK, as well as from all over the world where Scots may have settled.
With a separate legal jurisdiction and distinctive laws regulating succession in Scotland, the firm was keen to invest in a dedicated site where important information regarding Confirmation could be easily accessed.
Nick Barclay, partner at Thorntons, said: “We recognised that there was a need for a dedicated Probate Scotland website and it was encouraging to see it launch at the turn of the year.”
“Confirmation can be a complex process to navigate through, especially if next of kin are based in another country, so we wanted to provide a central resource where individuals and professionals, working on behalf of a client, could easily access the information relevant to them.
“There are a number of issues surrounding Confirmation which we can explain and assist with, which takes the pressure off of the individual dealing with a different legal system.”
The site is split into two sections, one for the individual and one for the professional, and outlines services offered by Thorntons, including the application for Confirmation, obtaining valuations of Scottish assets and matters regarding Scottish succession.
Nick added: “The team at Thorntons are extremely experienced in dealing with all matters surrounding a person’s death.
“There are a number of circumstances where our expertise could be required. A recent case we dealt with involved finalising a person’s estate whose family had immigrated to America. In another case we settled a claim for legal rights (a unique Scots law entitlement) for a New Zealand resident in the estate of his deceased father in Scotland.
The site also offers an invaluable resource for people based in Scotland needing to sort out the affairs of someone who has died in Scotland.
A number of enquiries have already been made through the Probate Scotland website, which can be found at www.probatescotland.com
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