CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
Following the latest Government advice, our office is currently closed but our staff continue to work from home to progress all matters. In these circumstances, we would request that you contact us via the relevant Solicitor's email address or by using the Contact Us page on this website.
In light of the current circumstances, we are receiving a vast number of enquiries regarding the aftermentioned matters. Please see below for a brief update on each. Please note that we are following the current Guidance of the Government and the Law Society of Scotland in resepct of all matters.
All Parties should seek to reschedule moving dates unless it is absolutely necessary to move home and the move can be completed safely. The closure of the Land Register imposes great risk on purchasers and mortgage providers and is therefore not advisable where possible. The latest advice from the Scottish Government and the Law Society of Scotland strongly urges all transactions to be rescheduled whether missives are concluded or not. Emergency provisions have only been put in place to allow a small number of transactions to settle i.e. where missives are already concluded, Agreement to vary same cannot be reached and most importantly where it is safe for the move to take place. For more information please see:
Courts are currently closed execpt for essential (mostly criminal) business. If you have a Hearing coming up, you should assume that this has been cancelled and not attend unless otherwise advised by your Solicitor. If you do have a Hearing cancelled, we will inform you of the rescheduled date once this information becomes available.
An exception to the general "Stay at Home" requirement has been established in respect of separated families that allows children to move between their parents' homes if parents agree it is safe to do so. Where there is a formal contact order in place, this can be varied by agreement between parties without the need for court involvement. If this is the case, we would suggest this is recorded in writing (email or text message shall suffice) between parties. Where Agreement to vary the contact order cannot be reached, but one parent has sufficient concerns then that parent may exercise their parental responsibility to vary the contact order. If, after the event, the actions of a parent acting on their own in this way are questioned by the other parent in court, the court is likely to look to see whether each parent acted reasonably and sensibly in light of the Government guidance in place at that time, together with any specific evidence relating to the child or family. Parents are being asked to take a fair and sensible approach to this. Skype calls, or simialr, are also expected to be used for parents not currently exercising any contact with their children. For more information please see:
Wills & Powers of Attorney
In these uncertain times, many people seek the safety of having a Will and/or Power of Attorney in place to protect and deal with your affairs if necessary. These are very important documents to have for your own peace of mind and can be provided at a reasonable price. Please continue to Contact Us regarding new documents or changes to existing documents. We have provisions in place to continue to take instructions and arrange for signing of such documents.