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COVID-19 and Social Distancing Update
We understand that you may have been waiting patiently to see us in person again if you feel that giving instructions on something as personal as your Will, Lasting Power of Attorney or the administration of a loved one’s estate, is something that you would prefer to do in person, face to face.
We are delighted to say that we are now in a position to open our offices again on a pre-arranged appointment only basis. We have social distancing and sanitisation measures in place throughout all our offices and our meeting spaces are fully compliant with government guidance. These arrangements will be explained to you in detail in a confirmation letter or email before your appointment.
We are mindful that, while we remain in uncertain times, some of our clients will continue to be self-shielding and that others might prefer to give instructions at distance. We are therefore very happy to join a video meeting with you to take instructions (using your preferred video communication software) or over the phone, so that we can chat through your wishes and options. While we can progress matters via email, we would need to arrange a video or voice call with you at the early stages of our instruction.
If you would like to make an appointment or to arrange a call with us to discuss your requirements, please get in touch with any member of our team via direct email or direct telephone number. Alternatively, please call one of our office reception numbers and they will ask a member of our Private Client team to contact you.
Our Private Client team are specialists in all aspects of private client services, including:
How we can help you
We provide a bespoke service taking time to ensure we have a good understanding of each client’s family and financial circumstances to enable us to advise on how best to structure the Will to protect family assets, consider options for mitigating Inheritance Tax (IHT) and to provide estate planning solutions.
With ever changing family structures, whether for unmarried couples or second marriages, it is even more important that Wills are structured to protect the family and to prevent disputes arising in the future.
Frequently, clients state that they want a ‘simple’ Will leaving assets outright to the surviving spouse or partner, but is this entirely sensible particularly where one party has children from a previous relationship? What if the survivor remarries, risking family assets passing elsewhere, is dependent on full time care in the future or simply changes their Will to benefit others? We can advise on asset preservation structures designed to protect the surviving partner but to also ring fence the capital of the first to die.
When administering estates, we combine our specialist knowledge and years of experience with a sympathetic and sensitive approach. We can provide a full administration service, including acting as your executors if required, so that you know that your wishes will be carried out and to deal with all tax aspects of the administration, including administering any ongoing trusts, for example, where there are minor beneficiaries or vulnerable beneficiaries.
Our Private Client team is recommended in The Legal 500 Guide to UK law firms and we are proud to have achieved the high standards required to gain accreditation of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.
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“I have been extremely satisfied with the quality of your service. Everything has been explained and you have kept me informed at each stage. Your method of guiding me through the paperwork made it all very easy for me.”
Ms A, Private Client. December 2019