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Making a Will

Nobody wants to think about it, but making a will is one of the most important things you’ll ever do. Our wills, trusts and estates solicitors make the process as simple as possible. We take the time to sit down with you, understand your life and circumstances, and your thoughts on tomorrow. So you get a will that truly reflects your wishes and that will protect your children, loved ones and even your pets.

Meet the team

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Wills tailored to you

We draft wills for people from every background, including older and vulnerable individuals, divorcees, business owners, farmers and landowners. We specialise in drafting wills for blended families, and every type of relationship, to ensure that your loved ones will benefit exactly as planned. If different branches of your family have differing needs, we can help you to put together a plan that will cater for all.

We’ll meet you at a place you’re most comfortable to discuss your requirements, and we’ll go the extra mile to make sure your will is in place – whether you’re in the prime of your life, about to undergo a major life change or are hospitalised.

Our expertise

Our team of private client lawyers have been looking after families’ estates for generations. We can help with all manner of complex issues, from discussions around what happens to children when parents die, through to the distribution and implications of owning overseas assets.

We’ll also help you to plan ahead to mitigate inheritance tax, and our vast experience enables us to advise on a range of different circumstances, including setting up trusts, and preparing lasting powers of attorney when needed.

For those involved in running their own business, whether as a sole trader or through a partnership or limited company, the succession of the business and the wealth that has been built up within it, is of vital importance.

We can guide you through the process, advise on the inheritance tax position (including the availability of business relief which can be a significant benefit) and prepare a will to reflect your wishes.

As part of this, we take the time to understand the dynamics and structure of the business and the documentation that is in place, as well as your personal circumstances, the needs of the various family members and your wishes for the business and your beneficiaries going forward.

We can also put in place lasting powers of attorney, so your personal and business affairs can be dealt with by your attorneys in the event of your incapacity.

We have considerable experience of dealing with estates where there are assets in more than one legal jurisdiction. For example, clients who instruct us to prepare wills may be domiciled in England and Wales but have assets elsewhere or they may be domiciled elsewhere but have assets here. Our international connections mean we can help, no matter where you are in the world.

Every now and again, there may be doubt surrounding how a will was made, or a dependant or family member(s) might feel that a will doesn’t make adequate provision for them. If a disagreement occurs between beneficiaries, our specialist Wills, Trusts and Estates Disputes team is on hand to support. The team is also available to discuss your will with you during your lifetime as part of the drafting process. This allows you to consider whether your wishes may cause concerns or disagreements in the future and for our team to advise on the best way to mitigate any future issues.

Our Private Wealth sector

Clients who have built a significant assets base may face a complex legal and tax landscape. Our experts, who cover a range of legal disciplines, are on hand to provide specialist legal guidance and support to help individuals, their families, trustees and family offices.

Services from our Private Wealth team

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Recognition of our work

Hear what our clients say about us

Lucy has recently drawn up LPAs and wills on behalf of me and my wife Joy.

Throughout she was extremely professional, very personable and explained the unfamiliar complexities of legal jargon in layman’s language, crafted in our best interest.

Lucy is a first class ambassador for your firm and henceforth our default setting for legal assistance. Thank you.

Client Testimonial LPA and Will Drafting

Georgia has been nothing shy of brilliant in terms of keeping me and my brother up to date with all matters – responding efficiently and providing guidance. The work needed to be exceptional and completed professionally and with pace. Georgia delivered that and more.

I value her expertise, she is an asset to the firm and one I will keep in mind for future opportunities.

Client Probate and Land Registry Updates

It has been really reassuring to have your help and professional expertise to take us through the process of resolving the trusts our Dad had set up. You explained everything clearly and enabled us to choose the right solution. You and everyone we engaged with at HCR have consistently been highly professional, caring and supportive.

Client Advice on Trusts

I’ve received a first-class service from HCR’s Private Client team.

I’m exceptionally pleased with the work that has been carried out for me.

Mrs S Estate Administration

I wanted to write and thank you for what you did today. I think you must have the patience of a saint!

I am amazed, to be honest, that you managed to lead this task to a conclusion, I doubted the possibility of it for quite a while!

Client Lasting Power of Attorney

Thank you so much for your helpful advice and for the amazing kindness that you are showing towards me – for which I am so grateful for.

Thank you.

Client Financial abuse

I am so happy with the way in which you handled matters right from the start.

Life is so much easier for me now.

Mr E Lasting Power of Attorney

It’s been a great reassurance to have such expert and reliable help.

Client Older and Vulnerable People

I found Tonina was most approachable and prompt to answer calls.

Client Will, Trusts & Estates

Lauren came to hospital to assist me with getting my will in place. Thank goodness for Lauren, she attended to me with fully drawn-up papers within 24 hours of my instruction, which I was so grateful for as my health was declining fast.

Mrs C Wills & Power of Attorney

I was very impressed with Lauren’s enthusiasm for her work, her professionalism and knowledge of law. She also shows a pragmatism that belies her age. In short, she is a credit to HCR.

Mr K Will, Trusts & Estates

I have never had the pleasure of working with a solicitor so responsive, clear, practical and on top of everything. Thank you for that.

Mr Glynn Probate

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