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Tel: 01243 672124
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Wills, Trusts and Probate

We have a department dedicated to what we call Private Client matters: Wills, Trusts, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Applications.

We value the opportunity to offer long term advice and help to our clients.  We are proud of our reputation for a good quality, efficient service. Decades of specialist experience and local presence mean that we now act for the grandchildren of some of our first clients.

We offer the following services:
  • Making Your Will
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Court of Protection Applications

Making Your Will

Many of us would rather not think about making a Will, but a Will can be the most important document that we ever sign. Proper advice is essential and can make a huge difference to the provision you make for those close to you.  We have extensive experience of drawing up Wills and we can, if you wish, act as professional and reliable Executors.

If you have a more complex situation, we are more than happy to advise you upon whether a Will Trust should be considered and on the best type of trust to use according to your needs and circumstances.  Will Trusts can also help to preserve your assets against care home fees.

Finally, we recommend to our clients that they review their Wills every three to five years to ensure that they are kept up to date. If your Will is more than three years old or circumstances have changed since it was drawn up, we will be more than happy to meet with you for a free Will Review.

Please complete our Wills Instruction Questionnaire in order that we can provide you with the correct advice.  Please forward this to us at, info@edwardhayes.co.uk, in order that we can make an appointment for you to attend our offices or if an appointment has already been made, please bring the completed form with you to the appointment.

Probate and Estate Administration

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is not only for the super wealthy.  If all your assets, including your home are worth £325,000 or over you could be caught out!  

Having suitable IHT provisions could help save your loved ones a significant amount of money.  In fact, with no plans in place the tax man can take a massive 40% of everything you own above the current IHT threshold of £325,000.  Instruction of a specialist tax planning and probate lawyer at Edward Hayes can save you and your family a fortune.  There are numerous essential measures that can be taken in terms of tax planning and even at the probate stage where assets can be redirected in certain circumstances.  If you are involved in a probate or tax planning issue, you should seek out our valuable advice and guidance.

When someone close to you dies we know that there are many issues more pressing than dealing with their estate. We will help you at this difficult and stressful time to ensure that everything is dealt with as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

We have many years of specialist experience in this area and are used to dealing with all the complications that can arise, including negotiations with HM Revenue & Customs regarding Inheritance Tax and dealing with enquiries from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Trust Administration

Where a Trust has been created under someone's Will, we are able to administer the Trust professionally and efficiently to ensure that the beneficiaries are looked after and the Trustees understand their powers and responsibilities and make proper use of them.

We are also able to provide advice on and explanation of the various factors that a Trustee must consider and the various tax implications of any proposed decision.

Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney authorises another person to look after your affairs for you.  We are able to advise you on and help you with

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) - these give authority for someone to look after your affairs when you become too ill to do so yourself. These need to be drawn up and then registered before they can be used.  We are able to advise you on both these elements and can provide advice to your Attorneys on how they should act when the LPA is registered.

Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) - these are the equivalent of LPAs, but were replaced by LPAs from October 2007.  EPAs made before then remain valid and do need to be registered when the person who made it begins to lose their mental capacity. We can guide your Attorneys through the complicated registration process to make sure that they can continue to look after you properly.

General Powers of Attorney (GPAs) - these are used to instruct someone to act on your behalf when you are unable to act, but well enough to do so. For example, they are often used where you are going to be out of the country and there are documents that will need to be signed on your behalf. We can implement your instructions to ensure that there are no complications when your General Power of Attorney needs to be used.

Court of Protection Applications

If someone is too ill to make a Lasting Power of Attorney and has not already made an Enduring or Lasting Power of Attorney, a friend or relative can still apply to look after their affairs rather than the State appointing itself.

Applying to the Court of Protection to be appointed a Deputy for someone's affairs is a very complicated and form-heavy process, but we can guide you through it, relieve the burden and ensure that the order is obtained from the Court as quickly as possible so that you can get on with looking after your loved one.

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Tel: 01903 288850
Tel: 02392 479872
East Wittering
Tel: 01243 672124
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Fax: 020 7427 7391
Email: info@edwardhayes.co.uk

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