Coronavirus - Peterkins Business Continuity

These are unprecedented and challenging times for everyone. The health and safety of our clients and staff remain our priority. We recognise that a number of our services may provide help and reassurance to you during these difficult times. We have summarised these here and we hope that you find these helpful.


Estate Agency

The Scottish property market reopened on Monday 29 June and the Government have published guidance which now allows home moves to take place and the property market to fully open again.

The Scottish Government guidance can be viewed here:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-moving-home/pages/overview/

We are following the guidance to ensure valuations and viewings of properties can be carried out safely. If you would like to speak to one of our property experts about marketing your property for sale please contact us here.


Property Purchase

The Scottish Government have now announced a temporary cut in LBTT (equivalent of Stamp Duty) which means that home buyers in Scotland will not pay any LBTT where the purchase price is £250,000 or less. For those purchasing above £250,000 you will save £2100. If you would like to speak to a solicitor about purchasing a property or making an offer please contact us here.


Financial and Mortgage Advice

Expert financial advice is critical at any time. We understand that personal finances will be under pressure during the coronavirus crisis. Our team of financial advisers are available to provide you with any financial advice you may need. Whether you are considering estate and IHT planning, life assurance, pensions or remortgaging your property our financial advisers are on hand to discuss these matters with you.

Our mortgage advisers can also provide you with advice in relation to the purchase a new property.

If you would like to speak with a financial or mortgage adviser please contact us here.


Residential Leasing - Landlord and Tenant

New rules have been introduced to give more protection to Tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. Landlords are also being offered support by way of loans where they are having difficulty being paid rent.

Our leasing branches have now reopened and we can provide a full range of leasing services to landlords and tenants. If you would like to speak to one of our leasing experts please contact us here.


Commercial Property

Our property solicitors are working remotely and are on hand to provide clients with advice on all property related matters. Whether you are in the process or buying, selling or refinancing any property we can provide you with the latest advice and guidance from the government.

We are also able to submit any offers and to process transactions while working from home.

If you would like to speak to one of our property solicitors please contact us here.


Wills

It remains vitally important that you have a Will in place in order to ensure that your estate is dealt with according to your wishes should you pass away.

Our solicitors and staff are currently working remotely from home but we have technology in place to enable us to continue to provide expert advice and assistance in preparing or updating your Will.

We will be happy to discuss any questions you might have about making or updating your Will and can take you through the whole process from the initial instructions to the signing of your Will.

If you would like someone to get in touch about your Will please contact us here.


Power of Attorney

During these unprecedented times, the need to have Powers of Attorney in place is even more vital. A Power of Attorney enables you to give other named people the power to act on your behalf.

A Power of Attorney can allow a person to deal with a wide range of matters on your behalf including financial and welfare matters. This can be particularly important in the current situation if you are unable to leave your home to carry out these matters.

It may be necessary to have a virtual meeting with you to establish your capacity but we have the technology in place and the expertise to guide you through the entire process.

If you would like someone to get in touch about making a Power of Attorney please contact us here.


Executries

It is always a difficult time when any relative or loved one passes away. Our solicitors are available to provide any advice, comfort and reassurance you may need in relation to finances and beginning the process of winding up their estate.

If you need to speak to someone about a recent bereavement or estate please contact us here.


Employment Law

We appreciate these are challenging times for businesses, employers and employees. Unfortunately due to the current economic climate there are likely to be a number of job losses. Employers may seek to deal with this by way of a Compromise Agreement with their employees. It is often necessary for these Compromise Agreements to be signed by a certain date. We can provide you with the necessary advice in relation to any Compromise Agreement to ensure it is signed properly and on time.

If you would like to speak to someone about a Compromise Agreement please contact us here.


Matrimonial and Family Law

These are difficult and challenging times for all couples and families. We appreciate that in the current climate there will be number of complex and emotional situations for everyone involved. Our solicitors maintain a sensitive and efficient approach to develop the best possible outcome for you and your family.

We can provide you with expert advice in relation to separation, divorce and all matters relating to children.

If you would like to speak to one of our family lawyers please contact us here.