A law firm for life

Now that the New Year is upon us, it may be time to start thinking about some important New Year resolutions that could benefit you now and in the future, and potentially your family members too.

Your Will

We always recommend to our clients that they put a Will in place providing clear testamentary instructions regarding what they wish to happen to their assets upon their death. This allows for assets held in their name at the time of their death to pass to whom they wish to benefit from their estate.

Although this is not an easy subject for many to consider, having a valid Will is extremely helpful for your loved ones when they are grieving as it will save them time and additional expense where it could have been avoided. Without a valid Will, in Scotland your estate will be governed by the laws of Intestate succession which can result in your property passing to those who you may not want to benefit from your estate and requires an executor to your estate to be appointed by the court.

By creating a Will now, it gives you and your family peace of mind, and ensures the correct advice is sought and any issues dealt with accordingly before your passing.

Power of Attorney

Granting a Power of Attorney in favour of a loved one is just as important as having a Will. Many people do not consider the consequences of not having a Power of Attorney when they become incapacitated through illness or in some cases, an accident. We strongly recommend our clients have a Power of Attorney as it can save thousands of pounds in the future where there is no Power of Attorney in place.

By granting a Power of Attorney, you are giving your Attorney the power to either handle your welfare or financial, or both welfare and financial, affairs on your behalf when you are no longer in a position to communicate your thoughts and wishes while you are still alive. Although you can authorise your Attorney to have control over your financial affairs while you still have capacity, their power over your welfare needs, which could involve making decisions regarding medical treatment or your residency in a nursing home, only become effective once you have lost capacity.

A Power of Attorney is extremely important in situations where you may be in respite care after being admitted to hospital. Where assessments show that you do not have the capacity to discharge yourself and you do not have a Power of Attorney, your loved ones may be required to put in place a Guardianship Order to move you out of respite care. Guardianship Orders can be expensive and time consuming as they require to be lodge in Court with all that entails.

Buying or Selling your Property

Buying or selling your property can be stressful. However, whether you are thinking of selling or buying in the future, The McKinstry Company are here to guide from start to finish. At The McKinstry Company our highly experienced solicitors in both our residential and commercial conveyancing departments will be able to guide you from start to finish to ensure you have a smooth and easy transition from your old property to your new property. The McKinstry Company can offer you advice tailored specifically to your needs whether that is regarding what reports are required for a particular type of property, strategic offer submissions and settlement offers.

Contact The McKinstry Company, Ayrshire

At The McKinstry Company, we are here to make your New Year’s Resolution come true and provide exceptional advice and guidance every step of the way. Contact us by calling 01292 388048 (Ayr), 01465 915042 (Girvan), or filling out our online enquiry form.

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Some of our happy clients
  • All very prompt, efficient, clear, friendly and personable. Not overwhelming with legal jargon. Many thanks for making the process of setting up a will so straightforward.

    Mrs D, Troon
  • We required our Wills to be amended and that was done without any problems whatsoever.

    Mrs F, Ayr
  • Very business-like and helpful

    Mr M, Ayr
  • I was very impressed with the professionalism shown by all members of staff I had any dealing with. All calls and emails were relevant to the sale of my flat. All questions I had were dealt with at the time. For any further legal matters I will certainly be using The McKinstry Company

    Mr H, Ayr
  • Excellent service most happy with attentiveness and customer service.

    Mr F, Condorrat
  • Nat & Libby efficiently dealt with every question I had.

    Mrs K, Ayr
  • Kirsty understood our weird schedule when we were often 8 hours behind UK time, and simplified things for us by liaising via email. She was extremely approachable and dependable. In Kirsty’s absence, Jodie and Nathaniel would step in and communicate with us, and were very helpful too.

    Mrs N, Ayr
  • Great service and always on hand to answer our questions. Prompt and efficient response.

    Mr H, Ferniegair
  • Questions and communication were answered promptly

    Mr W, Sinclairston
  • Speaking from my own personal experience I was perfectly happy with the service I received. Everything was done to my satisfaction.

    Mrs I, Largs
  • Very efficient, timely and very mannerly on the phone

    Mr McN, Mauchline
  • The service was superb.  Kirsty and team were extremely helpful.

    Mr and Mrs R, Ayr
  • First class service from start till finish. Always there to give help and advice.

    Mr R, Ayr
  • Great service and advice from a good professional company.

    Mr R, Kilmarnock
  • Excellent, very friendly and professional. I will be using you for all my property transactions in the future!

    Mrs S, Godstone
  • My case was handled sensitively and smoothly.

    Mr N, Ayr
  • Everyone concerned in the sale of our property was very efficient and kept us up to date with all happenings.

    D Ferguy, Cookstown
  • Great service.  Would recommend you to others.

    Mr S, Kirkmichael
  • Communication was always available when required. Made me feel confident throughout the process.

    Mr L, Ayr
  • Always replied or phoned back when I needed my questions answered.

    Miss McF, Patna
  • A very prompt and friendly service, a pleasure to deal with.

    Mr R, Aberdeen
  • Robert was very supportive.

    M Carruthers, Kilmarnock.
  • Great, Rebecca was very pleasant to deal with and went out of her way to help with our case

    S Everett, Kilbarchan
  • The solicitor / paralegal I was dealing with was very professional and performed to a high standard. I was very impressed.

    B Ferguson, Methil
  • Local firm, word of mouth good reports.

    K Rooney, Glasgow
  • All queries were dealt with in a prompt and professional manner and I was kept informed of progress as events developed. Thank you very much for making a difficult situation much easier to deal with.

    Mrs McG, Ayr
  • Communication via telephone and email was regular, prompt and comprehensive. All queries and questions were answered with no delays or problems. My experience with the McKinstry Company was pleasant and smooth.

    Mr McK, Ayr
  • My family and I received excellent service from everyone with whom we had contact. The service was of the highest standard and, as I have in the past, I will continue to recommend the company to anyone seeking legal assistance.

    Mrs S, Ayr
  • All emails and calls were dealt with promptly. Very impressed. Very very pleased with service.

    Mr and Mrs H, Hull
  • I enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Very professional.

    Mrs A, Ayr
  • Mr Honeyman was very professional and knowledgeable which made us feel reassured. Very happy with the service and if I needed a solicitor again I would get in touch.

    Mr B, Ardrossan
  • Prompt quick efficient communication.

    Mrs K, Cumnock
  • Ease of making appointments and timescale for completion of business all good.

    Mr & Mrs T, Maybole
  • Gave reassurance and comfort at a stressful time. I felt ten times better after our first meeting and support provided ultimately exceeded my desired outcome.

    Mr N, Saltcoats
  • The supportive way that the advice was provided along with the willingness to fit appointments in with our requirements

    Mr R, Ayr
  • The whole process was handled with upmost professionalism throughout.

    Mr McN, Kilwinning