Your property and/or assets are important, as is what you want to happen to them on your death. If you wish to leave your affairs organised, and aim to avoid difficulties and unnecessary stress for your loved ones and beneficiaries, you should make a Will. That way, you can record how you would like your assets to be distributed amongst those whom you choose and at what age. You also can record your intentions as to who you want to act as executors and can appoint guardians for children.
It is important, at regular intervals, to consider the terms of your Will and whether it needs to be updated. Significant changes in circumstances – whether your own or someone mentioned in the Will – such as marriage, civil partnership, divorce, the birth of a child or a bereavement often require your Will to be adjusted. Changes of circumstance such as these can also affect your position significantly because of how the law applies as a result.
If you do not leave a Will, the law will determine who receives what proportion of your estate and at what age. To ensure that you retain control over your assets, make sure you have a Will drawn.
Managing Partner & Head of Wills, Trusts & Executries
Alpin graduated with a Law and Celtic LLB (Hons) degree in 1998 from Edinburgh University before training in Portree and practising in Kyle of Lochalsh and Dingwall. In 2010 he established the George Street Law firm with Jill Miller and has considerable experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing.
Neil brings over 30 years’ worth of experience to his role as Consultant in our Wills and Executries department where he deals with the preparation of Wills, Powers of Attorney, “Future planning” and Executry administration.
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1990, Neil trained with the firm of MacArthur Stewart with whom he worked until the late ‘90s when he joined the firm of MacNeill & Critchley, becoming a partner there, carrying out a broad range of conveyancing work as well as dealing with Wills, Powers of Attorney and Executries.
Following the merger of his firm with Macleod and MacCallum, Neil spent three years as Head of the Private Client department there before joining Munro & Noble in November 2020.
Outside work Neil spends most of his time cycling and/or running up and down hills and is a more or less active member of Highland Hillrunners.
Alison graduated with M.A. (Hons) and LLB from the University of Glasgow and completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. She has been a solicitor in private practice in the Highland area since 1992.
Kathryn joined Munro & Noble in June 2021 as a Private Client Solicitor in our Dingwall office. Kathryn deals with Wills, Trusts, Executries, Powers of Attorney and Executry Conveyancing.
Kathryn was born and raised near Inverness and studied law at the University of Aberdeen where she obtained an LLB (Hons) degree in 2017, before completing the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2018. She undertook her traineeship with a firm in Inverness and qualified as a solicitor in May 2021, before joining Munro & Noble.
Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys a range of outdoor activities, skiing, swimming and travelling.
Michael is originally from Inverness and graduated with an LLB (Hons.) degree in Law from the University of Dundee in 2018, completing the Diploma in Legal Practice there the following year.
He commenced his traineeship with Munro & Noble in March 2020, and now works within our Executry department dealing with matters such as Wills, Trusts, Executries and Power of Attorneys.