Planning for what will happen when we die is understanderbly uncomfortable to contemplate. However, preparing in advance will ensure your wishes are carried out and that the interests of your loved ones are protected in the way you would want.
The depth of experience and knowledge within our private client legal team means we can handle all aspects of your personal legal concerns, whether you are planning for your future or dealing with the needs of loved ones.
Several of our private client solicitors are full members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), a nationally recognised qualification of excellent practice.
Whatever you need our help with, our personal and sympathetic approach will put you at your ease in what might be very difficult circumstances.
From writing a will to managing a deceased’s estate, our help and advice will make sure all the formalities are dealt with correctly, reducing the burden on you.
We can assist with:
The administration of a deceased's estate is not always straightforward and may be contentious or subject to a claim. We are here to help you deal with any difficulties that might arise. We can also advise you if you have a claim against an estate for inadequate provision.
Our expertise in this area includes:
We are happy to arrange home visits if you are unable to get to our offices.
Please contact us to discuss your legal needs and to obtain an estimate of the likely costs.
You can also click here to find out more about our charges and service standards when we act for you to obtain a grant of probate and administer the estate.
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Posted by Mark Ollier on October 17th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS, All, COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, FAMILY, MOVING HOUSE, POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.
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