We are here to support you throughout all life stages. From buying your first home to helping you plan your estate effectively, we will give you advice that you can trust at every step of the way.
We know that each person is on their own path and we have legal specialists for every key milestone in your life. Our solicitors specialise in residential property, inheritance protection, family, commercial and dispute resolution. Our team are here to deliver peace of mind throughout all the ups and downs that life can entail.
If you are living with your partner the last thing you want to be thinking about is the possible breakdown of your relationship. However, it is important to set out what should happen to the division of your and your partner’s assets should you separate. While this is not always an easy conversation to have with your partner, making provision now can save additional stress and heartache later on. Similar to insurance, we hope that you will never have to use it, but it can help provide peace of mind.
Buying your first home can be exciting and life-changing but it can also be daunting with many things to consider. The last thing you should be worried about are the legal aspects of buying your home. Our solicitors will work closely with you to understand your priorities and will progress things efficiently and effectively.
It is important to start your estate planning early so you have the necessary arrangements in place. This includes making a Will, appointing guardians for your children and potentially setting up a trust so they are not left exposed and vulnerable. This is particularly important if you are not married or in a civil partnership as your partner will not automatically inherit. It is one of the most important things you can do and reduces the chances of any anguish or disputes over your estate and ensures that your wishes are carried out.
We understand that one of the most complex and sensitive areas in which you may need to obtain legal advice is within employment law. Our team are dedicated employment solicitors who have extensive experience across all types of workplace matters.
If you are a business owner, the smooth and successful running of your business is a top priority. Our solicitors can offer accessible transactional support and commercial advice relating to starting a business, commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions and your property so you can focus on the running of your business.
Whether you are looking to upsize with your growing family, expand your property portfolio or buy additional properties to let our solicitors can advise you.
If a situation were to arise such as a sudden illness or accident it is important that you have appointed someone to have the legal ability to act on your behalf. A lasting power of attorney gives you that security that someone you have entrusted will act in your best interests if you have lost capacity.
You should review your Will regularly to ensure that it is up to date and that it reflects any possible changes to your own personal circumstances such as a change in your relationship status or if you have had a child. We understand that you may have sensitivities surrounding your family structure. For example, you may enter into a new relationship and wish to provide for your partner whilst also ensuring your children from an earlier relationship benefit.
Inheritance tax planning is essential if your estate is likely to be over £325,000. Receiving advice on options such as gifts and trusts can reduce the value of your residual estate, and therefore the tax payable on it.
If you are now an empty nester or looking to downsize our conveyancing team will be here to assist you with your conveyancing in buying and selling.
Your Will should always reflect your wishes and your current circumstance. If you have had a child or a grandchild you should not assume that they will be included as a beneficiary because other children or grandchildren are mentioned. Our team can help you update your Will to ensure your estate will be distributed effectively.
The payment of long term care is an important consideration. We can advise you on making provision for those costs in your Will to best protect the value of your estate. If you become incapable of making decisions and have not drawn up a lasting power of attorney (or an enduring power of attorney), an application will need to be made to the Court of Protection for a deputy to be appointed. This would allow someone to make day-to-day decisions for you, most commonly relating to your property and financial affairs. We can provide guidance and assist your loved ones with an application to the Court of Protection if required.
If you are facing a problem or dispute in your everyday life or at the office we are here to support you. We will make the process as smooth as possible and favour alternative methods of dispute resolution over court proceedings to achieve the best outcome for you in an efficient and cost effective manner.
We understand how difficult it can be to handle the legal and financial affairs of a loved one when they have passed away. Our team are here to support you and can provide guidance in all relevant areas of estate administration and taxation. If there is dispute or problem surrounding their Will, trust or estate we can also advise you.