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We offer practical support and comprehensive advice to help you protect your family.

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

We provide practical and comprehensive advice on Wills, inheritance tax, trusts, power of attorney, contentious / non-contentious probate, estate administration, divorce, pre/post nuptual agreements, cohabitee disputes and family arbitration. Our team can also advise you on the sale and purchase of residential properties.

Wills

Wills are an invaluable tool for making sure that you leave your affairs in order and ensure that you make the right provision for your loved ones. We will look closely at how to structure clients' assets in the most tax-efficient manner as part of the comprehensive process we undertake when advising them on Wills.

Making a Will allows you to choose guardians for your children, appoint trustees to safeguard this inheritance, provide for a friend or unmarried partner, make provisions to manage a business and pass it on and minimise the potential inheritance tax liability.

If you don’t make a Will, the Intestacy Rules set out a strict order of who will benefit and how. 

While your Will should reflect your current personal and financial circumstances, it should be viewed as work in progress and reviewed regularly to ensure it stays up to date.

To find out what might happen to your Estate if a Will is not put in place, please click here. 

Family law

We understand relationships are complex, that's why our advice is as individual as the individuals we advise.

Our specialist lawyers deal with all aspects of family relationships whether you need advice on divorce, matrimonial financial settlements, children, cohabitee disputes or a bespoke pre-nuptial agreement or a tailored cohabitation contract, we can help.  Our clients include business owners, property investors and high net worth individuals.  Our lawyers are also called upon to advise trustees, shareholders and companies who may be joined as parties to matrimonial proceedings.

If your relationship has broken down, we can assist you in resolving matters either by agreement or, if contested, by applying to court, by use of the collaborative law process or by family arbitration.

Everyone is different and we offer advice appropriate to you and suited to your needs.  

Trusts

Essentially, a trust is a vehicle for looking after assets. There are trustees in control of those assets, but holding them for the beneficiaries. A trust can be set up by an individual during their lifetime or in their Will.

Trustees must act in the best interests of the beneficiaries at all times and have legal obligations and duties regarding the management of the trust and its investments. We can provide advice both about creating and running trusts.

Residential conveyancing

Buying a house is a major financial commitment. You need to ensure that when you purchase a new home, you seek sound advice.

Whether you're buying, selling or re-mortgaging a property, our experienced team will guide you through the process. We offer a comprehensive service from start to finish based on professional dedicated, one-to-one advice providing clients with the reassurance they need at one of the most stressful times in life!

We’re accredited under the Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the Law Society’s recognised quality standard for firms providing residential conveyancing services - and panel members for all mainstream mortgage lenders.

Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney allows someone else to make decisions on your behalf and sign papers in your name. There is a duel system of Enduring Power of Attorney and Lasting Power of Attorney.

  

Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)
An EPA is a document created before 1st October 2007 where an individual appoints one or more people to deal with their financial affairs. EPAs can either be drafted on the basis that they're effective immediately or to take effect only on mental incapacity. It's no longer possible to make a new EPA, but those created before 1st October 2007 can still be valid.

  

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)
LPAs replaced EPAs and also allow an individual to appoint people to deal with their affairs. However, there are two types of LPA. One for financial affairs and one for health & personal welfare. You can make one or both types. An LPA must be registered (ie activated) by the Court before it can be used.

Probate

We have the experience and knowledge to be able to deal with estate administrations quickly and efficiently, from the most straightforward estates to the most complex, involving businesses or complex family situations.

Contentious probate

Sometimes estate administrations don’t always go smoothly or according to plan. This can be for a variety of reasons: beneficiaries falling out, difficulties with creditors, or challenges to the Will itself to name but three. We have a team of experienced litigators who can provide dedicated advice if an estate administration becomes contentious. 

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