We are here to help you, whether you are applying for probate and administering an estate, or registering and/or administering a power of attorney.

Applying for probate and administering an estate

We can assist you with all, or any part of the estate administration process, to eas your role as Executor or Administrator.

Whether or not there is a will, we are able to advise on how the estate should be distributed and the important role and steps a personal representative should take to properly administer an estate.

Registering and/or administering a power of attorney

You may require assistance with the registration of your Lasting Power of Attorney as the donor and/or the registration of another’s Lasting Power of Attorney by you as an attorney.

The Office of the Public Guardian has a very specific procedure for the registration and will reject applications not properly completed.

Advice, preparation and assurance

Applying for a deputyship order for someone who has not made a Power of Attorney

Where someone has not made a power of attorney and they have now lost mental capacity so they are unable to make a power of attorney themselves, an appropriate person can apply to be appointed as a Deputy to manage their affairs. We can advise and prepare the application for you together with dealing with the ongoing procedures with the Office of the Public Guardian, both before and after the Deputyship Order has been issued.

Putting in place an advance medical directive

If you are unable to make decisions regarding your own healthcare, who would you like to be able to make these decisions for you and how would they know to make the “right” decision for you? Although you can prepare a Lasting Power of Attorney that specifically deals with health and welfare, if you choose not to make one you can alternatively consider an advance directive. We can advise you on any particular wishes you may have for any future medical intervention and prepare an advance directive to deal with these. This is often a difficult and uncomfortable subject but particularly where you have strong wishes on matters such as resuscitation or tube feeding, it is certainly an important subject to discuss.

Continuous estates, Trusts and Tax planning

Trust administration

We can assist with the legal, practical and tax issues of setting up, administering and winding up a trust. Some trusts are created during someone’s lifetime and others by Will or the Intestacy Rules. We can help Trustees ensure the trust is being properly and effectively managed.

Tax planning

Although it may be impossible to avoid the payment of Inheritance Tax completely, there are certainly ways in which ones liability can be reduced, often by simple means. We can advise you on your personal taxation issues as part of your overall estate planning.

Continuous estates

Although we hope estates and trusts can be administered without any parties resorting to litigation, sadly this is not always the case. We can help you with any concerns you may have with any estate or trust in which you have a financial interest. We can also provide advice and guidance to personal representatives and trustees where another party has raised concerns or made a claim upon an estate/trust.

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We would love to help you with any legal issue that you are facing.  Please give us a call on 01276 788 087 now, or drop us your details below and we'll give you a call back at a time that suits you.