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Nobody likes to imagine a future without a loved one. It’s scary to think about and even harder to talk about, but our wills, trusts and probate lawyers can help ease some of the burden. We make wills, set up trusts, mitigate tax liabilities and administer estates, and no matter your current life situation, we’ll ensure your family’s future is protected.

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What happens if I die without making a will?

Depending on your circumstances, it could not only leave your family and loved ones with lots of additional stress, but it could also result in your wishes not being carried out as you want. Don’t leave it to chance – put a will in place as soon as you can.

If I transfer my house to my children now but still live in it, does it mean I won’t have to pay tax or nursing home fees?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way. Every person is different, so it’s best to get in touch with us to see how we can help you reduce your inheritance tax ethically.

Will my attorneys under a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or enduring power of attorney (EPA) have authority to deal with my estate after my death?

No, they won’t. The authority given to attorneys under an LPA/EPA falls away upon death, and it’s then up to your personal representatives to deal with how your estate is administered.

Our Experience

We’re one of the most respected legal firms in the country, and we particularly excel in looking after older and vulnerable clients. We’re always happy to meet you where it suits you best so we can discuss your needs in a place you feel comfortable in, and we’ll do whatever it takes to ensure your will is up to date – in one instance, we updated a hospitalised client’s will within 24 hours and delivered it to his bedside.

Many members of our team hold Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners qualifications, and are part of Solicitors for the Elderly. We also act for a number of private family charitable trusts, an area that is constantly growing. We are experienced in helping clients to manage international assets.

Legal 500 – A very knowledgeable team with a broad range of specialisms”

Our Clients

We’re proud to help people from all walks of life – whether you have a small estate with no inheritance tax implications, or a multimillion-pound estate with lots of complex requirements, we can make sure your wishes are fulfilled. Our expertise is international, so we can help wherever you are.

Through our Wills at Work service, we help companies like Oracle, Jelf and Ecclesiastical Insurance to remove the complications of will writing for their staff, providing the employee and the employer with the confidence that their future is planned and considered.

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‘Overall a very competent service. Everything has been done efficiently with a personal touch’ ‘What makes them diffe...

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Financial abuse stopped following Senior Associate’s knowhow

Financial abuse can take place in a variety of ways. When a woman’s sisters were mismanaging h...

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Testimonial after lasting Power of Attorney provides help with managing affairs

Being physically disabled led Mr E to contact Private Client Senior Associate Lauren McGurk for help with...

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Understanding and expertise during estate administration leads to testimonial

The administration of an estate can be difficult at the best of times – particularly so if it’s a...

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Advice on probate, restructuring trust and altering will lead to testimonial

When Mr D’s wife died in 2021 he required help with getting probate for her estate. He t...

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Guidance across three issues leads to testimonial for Private Client Associate

Mrs T required help with three separate issues over a number of years relating to administering her...

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“Expert and reliable help” – praise for Private Client Partner following creation of trust

Tonina Ashby, Partner and Notary Public in the Private Client team, was recently contacted to help advise...

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Will update leads to testimonial for Private Client Partner

When her client looked to update her will, a local Financial Adviser contacted Private Client Partner and...

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“Highly professional, caring and supportive” – heartfelt testimonial for Private Client lawyer

When two sisters needed support and advice with their father’s trusts, they turned to Nia Griffiths, a...

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“A first-class service” – estate administration assistance leads to testimonial

Mrs S recently required urgent assistance with obtaining probate for her late father’s estate in order t...

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“Simply outstanding” - quick turnaround leads to heartfelt testimonial

When a client required help for his incapacitated sister when she was making her will, he turned...

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Twenty-four-hour turnaround leads to testimonial for Senior Associate

When a son and daughter-in-law required a very quick turnaround in order to get their parent’s a...

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Private client expertise leads to testimonial from client

When Mr Glynn required advice and assistance regarding his late father’s estate, he turned to Private C...

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Private client solicitor’s “enthusiasm for her work” leads to testimonial from client

Mr K had a complex, high-value estate. When he decided to make a will, he turned to...

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“Thank goodness for Lauren” – quick document-turnaround leads to client testimonial

When Mr C was in hospital with declining health, he turned to Senior Associate Lauren McGurk for...

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“I’d be lost without her” – management of finances leads to heart-warming client testimonial

When Mrs H, who was physically unwell and in her 90s, asked HCR to manage the financial...

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“Professional yet compassionate guidance”: private client care leads to testimonial

When a client required a will, private client associate Nia Griffiths assessed the issues at hand and...

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“A smooth and very professional service”: high praise for private client lawyer

Private client lawyer Nia Griffiths was quick to act when she was instructed to draft wills and...

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Expertise and personable approach for complex wills and LPAs

When faced with issues involving Lasting Powers of Attorney and complex wills, it can be difficult to...

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Private client lawyer “reassured me each step of the way” following husband’s death

When Jean Gibbs lost her husband, she turned to private client lawyer Lisette Macdonald for advice and...

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“Just what was needed” – sensitive handling of estate leads to heartfelt testimonial

When Mr Hulbert’s brother died without a will, Lisette Macdonald was instructed to handle his affairs. L...

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Estate administration attracts praise

Hauke Harrack’s handling of an estate worth more than £1m has attracted praise from his clients. Th...

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Complex trust issue handled with kindness and clarity

Laura Banks provided clear guidance for her client regarding a complex trust issue involving the client’s s...

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Estate administration expertise appreciated

Helen Gregory’s expertise and efficiency has drawn praise from a client for whom she obtained the G...

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Professional advice and support throughout a complex issue

David King recently provided expert trust advice for his client; it was not a straightforward matter, but...

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Personal support to make wills

The personal approach Phillipa Bruce-Kerr brings to her work helped clients Colin and Christine Marsh when making...

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Challenging a will draws praise

Helen Cain is helping a client to contest the validity of a will to uphold the deceased’s...

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Easing the strain of bereavement

Shirley recently assisted with an unexpected bereavement, guiding a young Worcestershire family at a very difficult time. ...

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Expertise and guidance on administering estates

Julia’s expertise in estate administration has been invaluable for a family dealing with the loss of t...

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Professional advice and kind support after a death

Shirley Rabbetts’ kindness and professional advice in administering a mother’s estate, a process which had been far...

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Professional advice and kind support throughout

After Shirley Rabbetts had guided her client through wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and administration of estates...

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Expert guidance on wills

Shirley Rabbetts’ expertise and advice for clients making wills is much appreciated – one couple said: “Thank you so mu...

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Wills, Trusts and Estates - Dawn Oliver

Where do I begin, other than with heartfelt gratitude to you and your office for the support,...

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