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Overview

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Planning for what will happen when we die is understandably 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. Beviss and Beckingsale are trusted solicitors for wills, probate and other personal legal matters.

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:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Inheritance Tax planning
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Deputyships
  • Probate.

The administration of a deceased's estate is not always straightforward and may be contentious or subject to a claim. We are experienced solicitors for wills and 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:

  • Inheritance and will disputes
  • Trust disputes.

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.

 

How to write a will during the lockdown

Posted by Victoria Emmett on April 24th 2020 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

The current coronavirus pandemic has seen an increase in people wanting to get their affairs in order.  As the seriousness of...

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Probate Registry delays cause more pain for families

Posted by Paul Watkins on June 14th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Bereaved families who are suffering the loss of a loved one are now having to deal with the pain of...

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Probate fee increase – a stealth tax?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Labelled a “steal tax” by critics, the current flat fee of £215 (or £155 if applying through a solicitor) for...

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The Residence Nil Rate Band – Do you benefit?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

From 6 April 2017, the Residence Nil Rate Band (“RNRB”) is available for estates of people who leave the interest...

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GDPR – Does it apply to Executors and Trustees?

Posted by Natalie Tonkin on April 26th 2019 in WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

The new General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”) were introduced on 25 May 2018 and is the most important change in...

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How to choose a Solicitor

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.

Choosing a Solicitor?

As a regular subscriber to Which magazine, I was immensely gratified to see the booklet enclosed which their...

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Wills which do not make reasonable provision for family members - Court Case in progress

Posted by Emma Northover on December 20th 2016 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Wills which do not make reasonable provision for family members – Court Case in progress

This week the Supreme Court will...

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When should a persons dying wishes be ignored?

Posted by Victoria Emmett on July 4th 2016 in All , DISPUTES AND CLAIMS, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

In a case that is being keenly followed by the charity sector, a disputed will has recently been sent to...

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Pension Tax Rule Amendments 2015

Posted by Mark Ollier on March 23rd 2015 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

A number of changes are being made to Pension Tax rules to reflect the great flexibility individuals will have to...

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Access the Wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and Beatrix Potter!

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 11th 2015 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

HM Courts & Tribunal Service have made available for public viewing 41 million wills which date back to 1858.   You...

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Deeds of Variation - Varying your inheritance after death

Posted by Victoria Emmett on September 30th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

It is not a well known fact that, beneficiaries of a will or intestacy can alter or rearrange the deceased...

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Intestacy

Posted by Liz Heron on September 30th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

I haven’t got a Will  – what happens when I die?

It is estimated that in the UK only one in three adults have...

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Fixed costs for Probate Services

Posted by Victoria Emmett on September 30th 2014 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

At Beviss & Beckingsale we are always asking our clients how they feel we can improve our services and, yes,...

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Attorney's Duties

Posted by Liz Heron on April 2nd 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

We are often asked to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney on behalf of clients.  However, it can also be a daunting...

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Inheritance Tax

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 12th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

It is reported that there has been an increase in the number of families facing an inheritance tax bill on...

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Rectification of a Will

Posted by Victoria Emmett on February 12th 2014 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

The England & Wales Court of Appeal has ordered that a clerical error in the signing of Wills by a...

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Charitable Giving

Posted by Liz Heron on December 18th 2013 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Although for most of us there is truth in the saying that “Charity begins at Home”, many of our clients...

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Care home funding - NHS Continuing Health Care

Posted by Paul Watkins on October 25th 2013 in All , POWERS OF ATTORNEY AND THE COURT OF PROTECTION, WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

In the summer of 2010 Mrs B was admitted to hospital following a fall in which she suffered a fractured...

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Mounting care home fees could be impacting on wills, warns Beviss & Beckingsale

Posted by Victoria Emmett on September 6th 2013 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

High care home fees risk leaving the elderly with little or nothing to bequeath to loved ones in their wills,...

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HMRC can see Accountants tax advice to client

Posted by Victoria Emmett on July 3rd 2013 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

A major principle, on which the legal system in England and Wales relies, is that any communication between a client...

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New Estate Administration Protocol

Posted by Victoria Emmett on November 12th 2012 in All , WILLS, TRUSTS AND ESTATES.

Dealing with the death of a relative is stressful enough, without the added stress of a long drawn out winding-up...

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