Its always an exciting time when we get to welcome new members to the Blackwood & Smith team. Our people are our biggest asset and we make a point of only hiring the best, brightest and friendliest. Today we would like to introduce three new faces: Marisa, Chloe & Billy. 

Last year saw the Scottish Parliament pass legislation to implement the cut to the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) announced by the Scottish Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes.  The LBTT cut is not as generous as the cut announced to the English equivalent, Stamp Duty Land Tax, but we didn’t really expect it would be; the Scottish Government has consistently tried to take a different approach to Land Tax since it was devolved in 2015.

We have been named as one of the top fundraisers in the UK for the Will Aid 2019/20 campaign. Will Aid takes place during the month of November and is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities. During Will Aid month, as a participating Solicitor, we waive the usual fee for writing a basic Will. Instead, we ask that clients make a charitable donation to Will Aid of an amount suggested by the charity.

Last Thursday saw the announcement that the property market will re-open on the 29th June. We have noticed a positive increase in activity levels and it is obvious that people are still keen to move. Moving house is such an important step in all our lives and we recognise that many of you will have concerns about the processes of buying and selling property going forward. We have put some new measures in place to help. 

One of the first steps in selling your home is to have it valued by one of our experienced estate agency team. Strictly speaking this is not absolutely necessary as a formal valuation will be carried out by a surveyor as part of the Home Report. It is however a very useful opportunity for us to meet with you, have a look round your house and give you an indication of a value while giving you our expert advice on how best to achieve this price when selling.

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