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Frequently asked questions, answered

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Do I need a Will and how much will it cost?

Yes. Everybody should have a Will as it is an important record of what you would like to happen when you are no longer here. It assists your relatives and friends to know what your wishes are at that important time. Please contact our reception to make an appointment with a member of our Private Client team.

What is a Power of Attorney and do I need one?

A Power of Attorney comes into effect in the event that you suffer some form of incapacity, for example a stroke or dementia. The Power of Attorney tells everyone who you want to manage your money and help you with your care if you cannot make these decisions yourself. The alternative to a Power of Attorney is an Application for Guardianship which is far more complicated and expensive. Please contact our reception to make an appointment with one of our Executry solicitors to discuss the options available to you.

A family member has died - what do I do now?

At The McKinstry Company we understand how difficult bereavement is. One of our experienced solicitors can handle all aspects of your loved one’s estate. Please contact our reception to arrange an appointment.

A relative has died without a Will, what does that mean?

If someone has passed away without leaving a Will, the estate remains to be divided in terms of the Law of Succession in Scotland. It is important that you seek the advice of a qualified and experienced professional to assist you in dealing with the estate. Please contact our reception to arrange an appointment with one of our Private Client team.

A relative has been taken into residential care and the local authority has recommended applying for Guardianship, how do I do this?

Guardianship is the only option available where an individual has not put in place a Power of Attorney prior to losing capacity. For someone to make decisions on behalf of that individual, an application requires to be made to the Court for appointment as a Guardian. One of our Private Client team can assist you with making such an application to the Court. Please contact our reception to arrange an appointment.

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Queen’s Court House
39 Sandgate
Ayr, Ayrshire

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146-148 Dalrymple Street
Girvan, Ayrshire
KA26 9BQ

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Some of our happy clients
  • 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