What we do
We provide a wide range of services. If you are unsure which is appropriate for your legal issue, please call us and we will try to help.
Wills and Tax Planning
It is estimated that up to two thirds of the population do not have an up to date will.
It is more important than ever to make a will. The decline in the marriage rate, increasing divorce rates, cohabitation and civil partnerships mean that the rigid legal rules applying to those that die intestate are increasingly out of date.
The rules are just as inadequate when applied to the 'standard married couple with 2.3 children'; and do not provide adequately for the family which may mean the family home must be sold. Making a will is easy and relatively inexpensive.
Notwithstanding recent concessions by the Government, making a Will may still be an opportunity to avoid Inheritance Tax. With proper planning, substantial savings can be made, meaning more money for your family when they most need it.
Some tax planning can be extremely simple and cost nothing but be very worthwhile. Other measures may be a little more complex but the rewards can be even greater.
We are here to make you aware of the options available to you and assist where required. We will review your circumstances with you, advise you as to your tax planning opportunities and give you an indication of the legal costs involved usually working to a fixed fee.
Conveyancing is the process whereby the legal estate in land is transferred. It is as simple as that, isn't it? There are thousands of firms of solicitors doing conveyancing. Why should you choose us?
As specialists, we have systems and procedures in place to optimise the speed and efficiency with which we handle your transaction.
We realise, of course, that many claim to be good at what they do and doubtless there will be other firms around the corner who would do the work for a bit less. Selecting a service solely on the basis of cost is in our view unwise.
Moving house can be a stressful and frustrating experience at the best of times. Dealing with an inefficient conveyancer can only add to that. A house is probably the most expensive purchase that you will make in your life.
In short, allowing our systems to take care of what might otherwise be wasted time we can spend more time dealing with you.
Our aim is simple - to provide an efficient, cost effective and personal service. Our conveyancers are accessible and coupled with speed and efficiency, we believe that this gives us the edge. It goes without saying that we have the very latest in computer software packages that enables us to process the documentation as quickly as possible. The majority of our conveyancing work is either for existing clients, referrals by existing clients or referrals by other professionals. We do not believe that this would be the case if we did not offer a superior service.
Elderly Client Advice
As a society we are changing. We are living longer. Old age brings with it the need for expert advice on issues that specifically affect the elderly.
We offer an expert and comprehensive service to our elderly clients and their families. We are up to date with the very latest developments and guidelines.
Our areas of expertise
We can help you with the following:
- Powers of Attorney and Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection
- Planning for long term care
- Trust and Estate planning
- Inheritance tax and the preservation of family resources
- Family Trusts to protect you from care home fees and ensure your heirs will inherit your home.
Don't leave it too late
We are often approached by concerned family members following a sudden illness, accident or other event. We are very often able to help but it is sometimes too late. We very much urge our clients to be proactive and to take early action to put their affairs in order. If necessary, we can refer you to other specialists, for example accountants or independent financial advisers. We will work with those professionals to achieve your aims.
We recognise that our elderly clients may not be in a position to visit us at our offices. By prior arrangement, we can meet with our elderly clients at home or even at hospital.
Remember, it is never too early to plan for the future.
Matrimonial and Family
~~~~Our aim is to help you through what will undoubtedly be a traumatic time.
Wherever possible we will seek to negotiate and reach an agreement. We encourage all parties to adopt a non confrontational approach.
There are always cases where Court proceedings are necessary and inevitable. You can rest assured that when this is the case that we will act firmly, swiftly and decisively on your behalf. Our particular areas of specialism within Family Law are financial provision on marriage breakdown and proceedings that relate to the children.
We take pride in the care and support of our clients throughout what can sometimes be a very difficult experience during separation and divorce. Advice, reassurance and sympathetic ear are only a telephone call away. We offer a fixed fee initial appointmrnt for £50 plus VAT. During this appointment we will discuss your situation in detail. We will advise you of your options and set out clearly the cost of each option. You can then decide if you want us to represent you.
To book your appointment please call or e-mail Sarah Ward in complete confidence on 01665 606100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that losing a relative is a distressing and traumatic time. Our service aims to help you carry out the wishes of your loved one as quickly and economically as possible.
Probate can be complicated and important assets and tax planning opportunities can be missed by the inexperienced.
During our initial meeting, we will advise you what needs to be done and will assist where required. Alternatively, you can hand everything over to us and we will sort out the paperwork for you. We will discuss legal fees with you and may be able to fix the costs at the outset.
We have extensive experience in advising and acting in all key aspects of commercial property law including:
- the acquisition and sale of commercial property
- negotiating leases or renewals
- financing or refinancing
- sale and leasebacks
- dilapidations, enforcement, licences, lease variations, rent reviews
- acting on behalf of property investors, landowners, developers and occupiers, landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers
You can be confident that at all stages of the transaction our experience and expertise will enable us to pre-empt any problems and provide solutions to any problem areas.
We will work alongside you and your advisors, not just as lawyers, but as business professionals providing a flexible approach to ensure that the transaction proceeds as smoothly and as quickly as you require.