A law firm for life

Wills & Estates

Your local wills and estates experts.

If you are looking to make a Will, or for advice on inheritance tax planning The McKinstry Company can help. Many people put off making a Will for the majority of their lives, but if you want to ensure your assets are distributed the way you wish after you pass away, it is essential to get legal advice and assistance.

Our specialist solicitors are experts in ensuring that your wishes are accurately reflected in your Will, and that you are fully advised on inheritance tax planning. It can be comforting to know that your assets and loved ones are taken care of, and our solicitors will make you feel at ease.

Estate Administration Solicitors in Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway

We understand how difficult it is to deal with the passing of a loved one, and the challenges bereavement presents.

We can help you with all matters arising from bereavement, handling everything professionally, sensitively and efficiently on your behalf. This could be investigating an estate, obtaining Confirmation, distributing the estate among the beneficiaries or another related matter. Whatever the issue, we would be glad to help.

Our Wills & Estates services include:

For more information or to discuss your needs, contact our Private Client team on 01292 281 711.

Why choose McKinstry

We are dynamic and forward thinking. We are a Law Firm for Life.

As a firm we never lose sight of the importance of the client and the outcome which the client seeks from the employ of our services.

Our approach to service provision is to afford our clients with the breadth and depth of expertise that they will require to guide them successfully through all aspects of their professional and personal life. Our goal is to generate and maintain strong and lasting client relationships rather than a transactional approach to the work which we undertake.

It is our role whenever presented with a problem or an issue by our clients to guide them to the outcome they are seeking to achieve. This proactive and “can do” approach is what sets us apart from the crowd.

With our strength and depth of talent The McKinstry Company is truly A Law Firm For Life.

Thiona McQuiston Partner View Thiona's Profile

Thiona is Head of our Private Client Department where she is involved in all aspects of property, asset protection, Powers of Attorney, Guardianship, Wills and winding up estates.  

Having joined TMC almost three decades ago in a support role, Thiona went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Strathclyde in 1999.  When embarking upon her Law degree, she was told by the late Professor Sinclair “My dear, you have the University of Life” and that as a bedrock equips Thiona to advise clients on the aspects of their affairs in which she is involved.

Thiona enjoys walking, yoga, travel and spending time with her husband and family, including her dog Molly.

Debbie Dunlop Partner View Debbie's Profile

Based in our Girvan office, Debbie is a Partner who is highly experienced in Private Client work, particularly in the agricultural and farming sectors. She used to enjoy travelling the world, but now married to a farmer, she spends her weekends in wellies, feeding cattle or on the back of a quad bike. Debbie is also a member of the Agricultural Law Association.

Having lived in Rome for a number of years, Debbie also studied Law at the Université d’Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand – as a result, she is fluent in both Italian and French. She can also speak a bit of Spanish, thanks to travelling around various Central and South American countries, including walking the Inca trail. She has managed to convince her husband that the cattle in Argentina will be worth a look at some time soon!

A keen runner, Debbie has competed in 10Ks and half marathons, even completing the Rome Marathon. This now comes in handy during lambing time chasing after ewes.

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Ayr, Ayrshire
KA7 1BE

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Girvan

146-148 Dalrymple Street
Girvan, Ayrshire
KA26 9BQ

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