What does the free legal services helpline offer?
What personal information will I be asked for on the call?
Calls to the Thompsons Solicitors helpline for Scottish Artists Union members is free, dial 08000 810 068.
You will be asked to confirm Your Name, Date of Birth and Union Membership ID (you can find this on your membership card, emails/newsletters from the union or any invoice for membership fees).
Thompsons will report on a regular basis to the union how many members have accessed the helpline and what services they have enquired about.
If you are enquiring about any work-related issues (pay, contracts, employment rights etc.) you will be asked if you are happy for your details and a brief description can be shared confidentially with the Scottish Artists Union.
We ask this so that we can contact you to discuss any additional support and information we as your union can offer you. This will again be in the strictest of confidence.
What Free or Discounted Legal Services are offered?
We asked our members to choose the legal services that would be most beneficial to them. They asked for:
- 30 Minutes of Free Legal Advice
- Discounted Contract and Pay Disputes
- Discounted Work Agreements
- Free Road Traffic Accidents
- Free Will Writing
- Discounted Powers of Attorney
- Discounted Family Law
- Discounted Consumer Claims
For the full range of legal services now on offer to members of the Scottish Artists Union, call Thompsons Solicitors on 08000 810 068.
What can you help me with?
The Scottish Artist Union realise that employment law is a complex and specialist area of law and that is why they have Scotland’s leading employment lawyers to help their members.
Thompsons Solicitors Employment team are specialists in this area of law and fully understand the different issues that can arise for members such as contract disputes, pay disputes and work agreements. Talk to Thompsons about your employment-related issues.
This is available to all members, whether they have used the Scottish Artists Union Fair Work Contract or not.
How can Thompsons help when I injure myself?
Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. If this happens to you or a family member, the Scottish Artists Union and Thompsons Solicitors are here to help. They are a multi-award winning law firm who specialises in Personal Injury law ensuring victims of accidents receive the compensation they deserve and through your Scottish Artists Union membership, you will keep 100% of your compensation.
What do you mean by wills and future planning?
Things won’t just sort themselves out, safeguarding your future is easy…let Thompsons Solicitors guide you through the process:
Make a Will to give you complete peace of mind. Making a Will is something many people put off, but it’s critically important for your family and your own peace of mind that your affairs are put in order before you die.
If you don’t have a Will, your husband or wife may not automatically inherit your belongings, and if you aren’t married or haven’t registered a civil partnership, your partner may not inherit anything!
Making a Will ensures your property and belongings are distributed according to your own wishes after your death – sparing your family and loved ones a lot of unnecessary work and emotional strain at a time when they’re least able to cope with it.
Create a Power of Attorney to ensure you are looked after if you become ill. A Power of Attorney is simply a legal document you sign now, appointing someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you become unable to make these decisions for yourself.
A relative or loved one can’t just “step in” – without a Power of Attorney they face an expensive and lengthy court process just to be allowed to deal with your affairs. A Power of Attorney is just as important as a Will – everyone should have one.
Make a Living Will (Advanced Medical Directives) to set out how you want to be treated if you become seriously ill. Creating a Living Will instructs your doctors and loved ones in relation to medical treatment you are willing to accept or not accept should you be in a position where you are no longer able to communicate your choices.
Guardianship & Intervention Orders - Where a family member or friend doesn’t have a Power of Attorney and is no longer able to make decisions or give instructions, an Intervention or Guardianship Order may be required from the court to carry out a one-off transaction (e.g. selling a house to pay for nursing home fees) or to deal with the needs of the individual on a long-term basis.
Once an individual loses the capacity to make decisions on their own, Thompsons can help you to safeguard their financial affairs and welfare concerns.
Why would I need a solicitor once my mortgage has been paid off?
Discharging your Mortgage - Paying the final instalment of your mortgage doesn’t end your ties to the bank. Until you formally remove the mortgage, your bank will remain on your title deeds as a party with a right over your home. Some people think that repaying your mortgage makes the bank disappear from your title deeds – that’s not true.
These are just some of the services Thompsons' Private Client solicitors can help you with, call 0800 0810 068 for further information or arrange a free legal health check.
How can Thompsons help me when selling/buying a property?
If you are buying or selling a property, your Union legal services offer a unique one-stop property package, which takes away the stress of buying and selling a house, whilst ensuring you receive a first class service and at a significantly discounted price.
Let Thompsons deal with Conveyancing, Estate Agents, Home Reports and Mortgages and save you money!
What else can Thompsons help me with?
There are many more services available to you through your Union membership, click here to browse Thompsons' website.
Remember the services offered are either free or significantly discounted through your membership with the Scottish Artists Union, Talk To Thompsons about your legal issue on 08000 810 068.