The only certainty in life is its unpredictability, we can help you plan for an uncertain future. We have wide-ranging expertise across all Wills and trusts and general private client matters, including:
How to make a Will;
Powers of Attorney;
Probate and estate administration;
The benefits of trusts and how to set them up; and
Living Wills / Advance Decisions.
We also provide comprehensive advice on care fees and every member of our team is specifically trained to offer dementia-friendly advice to people affected by the disease.
Members of our team are members of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an organisation of legal professionals who specialise in providing advice to older and vulnerable people and their families and carers with compassion and professionalism.
Making a Will is the most important thing you can do to ensure your loved ones are protected and provided for after you die. Our specialist will, trust, and probate lawyers can provide an expert will making service to help you set out your wishes clearly and precisely in a legally binding document.
We can advise you on:
Leaving money and property to provide for your family’s future;
Appointing guardians for your children;
How to mitigate your tax liabilities;
Leaving money to charity;
Testamentary Capacity (the mental capacity to make a Will).
Getting married revokes all previous Wills and moving in together may mean that you want to make a Will to leave your estate to your partner who wouldn’t otherwise inherit.
As well as Will drafting, we can help you regularly review your Will to ensure it is still valid and that it reflects your life circumstances.
Advice on Care Fees
Many of us these days are faced with the prospect of paying for care fees towards the end of our lives. We can help you plan for this eventuality by considering all the options and protecting your assets against nursing home fees. We can also help to claim assistance from the NHS if you need nursing care.
Henry Anstey discussing advice on care fees on Huntingdon Community Radio:
You can use trusts to preserve your wealth and control how it is passed on to your loved ones.
Having children is a huge responsibility and you will benefit from the peace of mind that comes from having made a Will (which can include trusts) to ensure that they are cared for in the event of anything happening to you. We can advise you how to plan for the effects of capital taxes and protect your children or other vulnerable beneficiaries in the event of your death.
Our trust solicitors can help you set up trusts in the following areas :
Provide for children under 18 during your lifetime or after you die;
Provide for loved ones who lack mental capacity;
Set conditions to your beneficiaries’ inheritance;
Reduce the value of your estate to minimise Inheritance Tax (trusts have their own tax implications so it is important to obtain financial advice);
Set aside money for your future long-term care; and
Ringfence assets, for example, to preserve some of the family home if it needs to be sold to pay for care.
We can also provide detailed advice on the duties of trustees and beneficiaries’ entitlements under trusts.
The death of a loved one is never easy. So, when they have entrusted you to obtain probate and administer their estate for them, it is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed.
Our probate solicitors can help reduce the burden on you by handling the entire estate administration process on your behalf and relieving you of the need for endless form filling and helping you to make any changes necessary to mitigate your tax liabilities.
Our probate expertise includes:
Applying for the grant of representation (grant of probate where the deceased left a valid Will or letters of administration where there is no valid Will);
Obtaining a valuation of the estate;
Collecting financial information;
Paying off debts and handling expenses such as funeral costs;
Calculating and paying tax, including Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, and Inheritance Tax;
Distributing inheritance amongst the beneficiaries; and
Addressing inheritance and Will disputes.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
At some point in our lives, any of us can be temporarily or permanently unable to manage our finances or care. Drawing up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) can make sure that your wishes are carried out whatever happens to you. Taking advice on preparing an LPA can help to protect your property for your family.
Our expertise includes:
Property and Financial Affairs Powers of Attorney; and
Health and Welfare Powers of Attorney.
Enduring Powers of Attorney
We can provide advice to people appointed as Attorneys under Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs). Only EPAs made before 1 October 2007 can be used so we will provide advice about the document’s validity as well as:
Registering the EPA once the Donor has lost their mental capacity;
Advising on the scope of the EPA;
Advising on fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of an Attorney; and
Addressing any disputes about the validity or registration of the EPA.
Advance Decisions / Living Wills
A Living Will is not a Will at all. It is a signed and witnessed statement of your wishes concerning medical treatment if your condition prevents you from being able to communicate with doctors.
If you lose your mental capacity in the future and cannot refuse medical treatment, your Living Will clearly sets out your wishes (including any wish to refuse lifesaving treatment) saving your loved ones from having to make distressing decisions on your behalf.
Another name for a Living Will is an ‘Advanced Directive’ or ‘Advance Decision’.
All our Wills, Trusts & Probate lawyers have attended and completed Dementia Friendly training. During the training they learnt more about people living with dementia,helping them to understand and provide a dementia friendly environment when visiting Hunt & Coombs Solicitors.
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