Whether you are looking to write or amend your Will or administer an individual’s estate after they have passed, seeking Wills and probate legal advice is essential. Our Wills and probate solicitors in Hasting can offer a helping hand.
We provide clients with a bespoke Wills and probate service. By giving sensitive support throughout, we can reduce the stress that often occurs in cases like these.
Our team of specialists in Hastings understand how emotionally daunting Will and probate matters can be, especially after a loved one has passed. We can provide guidance on all types of Wills and probate matters, including:
- Inheritance tax planning
- Probate and estate administration
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Court of Protection
When you work with the Wills and probate team in Hastings, our team will always have your best interests at the core of what we do.
When you instruct our Wills and probate lawyers, you can trust us to:
- Explain all your options in plain, easy-to-understand English – this is so you can make the best decisions for you
- Always be there for you when you need support – all you need to do is pick up the phone or drop a direct email to your assigned Wills and probate lawyer
- Be upfront and honest about our costs – you’ll receive a detailed quote, providing certainty about our fees from start to finish. Contact us for advice about our Wills and probate fees
Get in touch with our friendly, experienced Wills and probate solicitors in Hastings
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Our Wills and probate services in Hastings
Having a Will in place is incredibly important for the future, ensuring that your final wishes are followed but also protecting family members from missing out on inheritance or facing contentious disputes. Seeking guidance from an expert solicitor is a must-do.
It’s important to be aware of what you should include in your Will, from property and investments to arrangements for your children. Our Will solicitors in Hastings will be able to point you in the right direction, including advising you on what you need to include, who to choose as a beneficiary, as well as providing methods to reduce the amount of inheritance tax your estate will need to pay and ensuring it’s drafted correctly.
Find out more about our Wills services.
Inheritance tax planning
Inheritance tax (IHT) can be considerable on estates worth more than £325,000. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of inheritance tax due to HMRC, allowing your beneficiaries to receive more from your estate.
Our solicitors are proficient and skilled in reducing inheritance tax from estates and can work carefully with you to reduce the amount of inheritance tax your estate will need to pay by leaving assets to specific people, leaving a percentage of your estate to charity, and more.
Trusts have an abundance of benefits for those looking to pass on their assets, from reducing the amount of inheritance tax due, protecting assets, and putting measures in place for your children. There are various types of trusts available, so seeking legal advice is essential to ensure you can choose the best option for you and your loved ones.
Our solicitors in Hastings have worked with all sorts of clients looking to create trusts, from those with fewer assets to others with a higher net worth and a lot more at stake. We will explain to you the different types of trusts available and provide expert advice on what we would recommend you have. We can also provide further assistance in setting up the trust and making sure that everything is done correctly.
We can provide expertise on trusts, including:
- Bare trust
- Interest in possession trust
- Discretionary trust
- Mixed trust
- Trust for a vulnerable person
- Non-resident trusts
Find out more about our trusts services.
Probate and estate administration
When someone passes away, it is an emotional time for the loved ones left behind. Being made the executor of an estate is an important but complex role to take on, especially on top of your grief. To minimise your stress and allow you to focus on you and your family’s grief properly, seeking legal expertise is highly recommended.
Our solicitors can assist with all aspects of probate and estate administration. At Heringtons, we offer two types of services for executors, full estate administration, or obtaining Grant of Probate only.
Our team is made up of highly skilled and proficient Wills and probate solicitors and can provide sensitive support throughout the process. Our team will deliver specialist aid whether the deceased had a Will or not, including those with more complicated circumstances.
Our probate and estate administration solicitors in Hastings can provide expertise in matters such as:
- Obtaining the Grant of Probate
- Establishing the estate
- Valuing the estate
- Preparing the inheritance tax forms
- Settling the tax position
- Applying for the Grant of Probate
- Closing the accounts
- Collecting the assets
- Paying the debts
- Preparing the estate accounts
- Distributing the estate to the beneficiaries
- Dealing with any other estate matters
Find out more about our probate and estate administration services.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
The last thing that any of us wants is to lose the capacity to make decisions regarding important aspects of everyday life, such as your finances and matters surrounding your health, but unfortunately, it can happen. Thankfully, there are provisions which can be put in place to ensure these matters are taken care of by a trusted person should you ever lose capacity to make decisions.
Our solicitors understand how difficult conversations like these can be and will always approach matters with the utmost sensitivity. We can help you to choose a trusted person or multiple persons to be appointed your Lasting Powers of Attorney.
When you instruct the Heringtons team, we will make sure to fully explain your options, including the types of Lasting Powers of Attorney available and the benefits and limitations of them.
Find out more about our Powers of Attorney services.
Court of Protection
When a loved one has lost the capacity to care for themselves, particularly surrounding decisions concerning their finances and health, it can be an upsetting and concerning time, but there are things that can be done to help you care for your loved one.
Our solicitors understand the sheer emotional impact such a situation can have on a person. When we work with you, we will provide sensitive advice and support, ensuring you are comfortable throughout the process. We can assist with applying to the Court of Protection to have you appointed as a deputy.
Our solicitors can provide expertise on Court of Protection issues, including:
- Deputyship applications
- Advice to deputies
- Acting as professional deputies
- Advice about mental capacity assessments
- Advice about applying to the Court of Protection for one off decisions
- Advice about statutory Wills
- Advice about selling owned or jointly owned property
- Advice about deprivation of liberty
- Urgent and emergency Court of Protection applications
- Taking steps to protect people from financial abuse
Find out more about our Court of Protection service.
Get in touch with our friendly, experienced Will and probate solicitors in Hastings
For advice about resolving your Will and probate matters, contact our solicitors in Hastings.
Or fill in our online enquiry form, and we will be in touch shortly.