As trust law specialists, our service for establishing and administering trusts includes:
- Bare trusts
- Discretionary trusts
- Trusts for children
- Trusts for the disabled and the vulnerable
The legalities involved following a death in the family can be overwhelming, it is a difficult time, and our probate lawyers, we will help you through the process.
We can guide you through probate and trust law proceedings, and explain how that person’s estate will pass (under the terms of his or her Will or the rules of intestacy) and what steps are needed for probate and tax purposes.
Our team of probate solicitors work to administer simple and complex estates for those who die domiciled in the UK or abroad. Should a claim be brought (or need to be brought) against the estate we would work closely with our litigation colleagues in the conduct of the claim.
Lasting Power of Attorney
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document that relates to a named individual and they are known as the Donor. Once registered with the Office of the Public Guardian, it authorises your chosen family or friends (Attorneys) to assist you (Donor) with your affairs during your lifetime.
As and when the LPA is needed to be used, the Attorneys must always act in your best interests and involve you in any decisions that are to be made. You would still maintain over all control over your affairs. The Attorneys are authorised to assist you with your decisions or make decisions for you when you are unable to make those decisions yourself.
Two types of Lasting Power of Attorney:
- Health and Welfare
- Property and Financial Affairs
You can choose to give your Attorneys the authority to make decisions about your property and financial affairs either when you have the mental capacity to do so or when you have lost mental capacity. However, Attorneys only make the decisions about your health and welfare when you are unable to make those decisions yourself because you have lost the mental capacity to do so.
We can provide you with advice and assistance in the preparation and registration of the necessary LPA’s so that your chosen Attorneys can deal with your affairs.