SERVICES

We offer the following services:

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Wills & Probate

A Will is the most important document you will make in your lifetime and it is vital that this is prepared by a legal specialist who is familiar with your circumstances. Throughout your lifetime your circumstances will change and a Will ensures that your last wishes are carried out giving you peace of mind.

A Will is a clear set of instructions left to your Executors to distribute your belongings and property in accordance with your wishes.  If you do not make a Will, the Rules of Intestacy apply and this may mean that the distribution of your estate will not be as you would have intended.

When making your Will, we will also advise you on Inheritance Tax issues in relation to your property and estate should this be relevant, including asset protection arrangements.

There are many aspects to consider when putting a Will together such as who to appoint as Executors, should there be separate Trustees to administer any Trust for children, do you need to appoint Guardians for any infant children, and who you wish to leave your Estate to.

We will be able to provide you with a quote for preparing your Will before commencing the service. We will also store your Will free of charge in our office safes and send you a copy of your Will for your records.

Reviewing & Changing Your Existing Will

You should make a point of reviewing your Will every few years or so. You may have additional children or grandchildren you want to add to your Will or your circumstances may of course change.

Probate & Administration of Estates

Where a person dies, a Personal Representative, usually the Executor named in the Will, has to deal with the Estate (money, property and possessions left by the deceased) by collecting in all the money, paying any debts and distributing the Estate to those entitled to it. The Personal Representative dealing with the Estate will often have been appointed by the Deceased as an Executor in the Will.

For more information, contact Gill Collins
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Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which authorises another person (or persons) to act on behalf of an individual with regard to his or her property and financial affairs and help them make a decision regarding their health and welfare.
 

The most common types of Power of Attorney are:-

Ordinary Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which authorises another person (or persons) to act on behalf of an individual with regard to his or her property and financial affairs and help them make decisions regarding their health and welfare. For example you may wish to authorise another person to sign a Contract to sell your house. Alternatively, you may be moving abroad for a period of time and as such require an Attorney to look after your financial and legal affairs in this country whilst you are away. This is known as a General Power of Attorney.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney:- Property & Financial Affairs; and Health & Welfare. These have replaced the Enduring Power of Attorney and it is mainly intended to come into effect where someone has or is losing their mental capacity. We advise everyone, especially those approaching old age, to consider making a Lasting Power of Attorney.

For more information, contact Gill Collins
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Court of Protection

If someone has not made a Lasting Power of Attorney and now lacks the mental capacity to do so, the only alternative is to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed as a Deputy so that you can either deal with the person’s Property and Financial Affairs, or Health & Welfare, or both.

For more information, contact Judith Simmonds
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Trusts

If you require advice concerning whether a Lifetime Trust may be appropriate to benefit family members, then please contact us, we would be happy to assist.

For more information, contact Gill Collins
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Woodlands Chamber
78 Woodlands Avenue
Rustington
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN16 3EZ

Our office is easily accessible with Rustington's main car park opposite us. Wheelchair access is also available at the office however we are also happy to visit you at home for appointments.

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