Assisting individuals, organisations, charities and nationwide trust companies in an approachable and sympathetic way in all aspects of estate administration.

  • Vulnerable beneficiaries- Discretionary trusts

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    Date: 16 April 2014

    How to protect your assets and those of your loved ones during lifetime and on death.
  • DIY probate - dare you risk it?!

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    Date: 22 June 2011

    A look at the dangers of attempting to administer an estate without legal assistance.
  • Popping the prenup question

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    Date: 28 January 2011

    Sue Vandersteen head of the Wills trusts and estates team provides an insight into the barriers facing individuals in organising their personal affairs during life and on death.
  • Will power: why you should make a Will

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    Date: 28 January 2011

    Catherine Whitaker of our wills, trusts and tax planning department explains why it is so important that you make a Will - before it's too late.
  • Deputyship, an overview

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    Date: 14 October 2010

    An introduction to applying for deputyship with the Court of Protection
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney - do I need one?

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    Date: 14 October 2010

    A brief examination of why lasting powers of attorney are important.
  • Inheritance tax - forewarned is forearmed

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    Date: 10 September 2010

    What can you do to reduce the ultimate tax bill?
  • Protecting a licence on death or insolvency

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    Date: 27 March 2009

    Everyone struggling to deal with the aftermath of death, insolvency or mental incapacity of a licensee needs to be aware of the Interim Authority Procedure. Joe Lott explains why.
  • What is mediation?

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    Date: 03 November 2008

    The purpose of this quick guide is to explain what mediation is and how it works in civil disputes. (Note that mediation has a different meaning in family proceedings and this guide does not address that context).
  • Are nil rate band discretionary trusts redundant?

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    Date: 26 September 2008

    The law relating to inheritance tax and nil rate bands for spouses (including civil partners) has changed and nil rate band discretionary trusts may no longer be needed in a Will. Now may be a good time to review your Will and this article sets on some of the advantages and disadvantages of using a nil rate band discretionary trust.
  • Brave new world for powers of attorney

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    Date: 08 February 2008

    It is important to remember that a power of attorney is an extremely powerful document and that in the wrong hands, it could cause great damage and be subject to abuse.