When a loved one passes away, dealing with his or her affairs can be an emotional and daunting process.
Their estate may be complex, involving properties, assets and monetary wealth. Sometimes children and other dependants may be involved, which might necessitate the creation of trusts and obtaining guardianship.
Whether a Will has been made or not, our Wills, Trusts and Probate team can help you at this difficult time. Our lawyers have vast experience in handling the burden of administering estates; we offer a personal service, including a dedicated, specialist lawyer who will advise you from day one.
The tax liability on an estate can be a minefield and, without experienced legal advice, you may end up paying more tax than you need to. In the worst-case scenario you may be unaware of any tax liability, and HM Revenue and Customs may pursue you personally at a later stage; as an executor or administrator, you are personally liable.
Our lawyers are able to give you practical, innovative advice so that your tax liability, or that of the person for whom you are acting, is minimised and more of the wealth is retained by the beneficiaries.
Clients with assets overseas may be concerned about who will assist their family in dealing with the legal administration in these foreign countries. We have access to a network of overseas lawyers who enable us to obtain expert advice in most jurisdictions, ensuring that your overseas estate is accounted for.