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    Planning for the future? Let us take care of the legal side – from wills, probate, trusts and powers of attorney, to tax planning and residential care fee planning.

    Writing a will doesn’t have to be expensive and it is essential if you want your loved ones to be protected should anything happen to you.

    It is important however to get it right. Our solicitors have the qualifications, experience and understanding to ensure that your will is legally valid and tailored to your needs.

    As part of our Hull wills service we can offer you inheritance tax planning advice to help you leave your assets in the way that would be most beneficial to your family.

    Trusts are equally important if you want to ensure that your financial responsibilities can be properly fulfilled during your lifetime and beyond.

    We can also help you to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney. In simplest form, this is a document which gives another person the authority to look after your affairs should you become mentally or physically incapable.

    Whatever your needs, our Hull wills and probate team will work closely with you to make the most of your assets.

    Wills

    A properly drafted, up-to-date will can ease the burden on those you leave behind, by ensuring fairness and creating certainty. It will not only ensure that your assets are passed to the people or charities you wish to benefit, but also that the right person is appointed to deal with your affairs.
    A will can also minimise delays and problems after your death and ensure that your estate is passed to your loved ones in a tax efficient manner. Members of our Hull wills team are highly qualified, and belong to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly and the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Advance decisions and living wills

    A living will or ‘advanced decisions’ allows you to decide now to refuse certain types of medical treatment in the future. A properly drafted advanced decisions statement will let your family and medical practitioners know your wishes, should you become unable to communicate them yourself.
    If you would like our help to put together an advanced decisions statement, which will avoid painful and difficult decisions having to be taken by your loved ones.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Powers of Attorney

    A Powers of Attorney document allows you to appoint a trusted person to manage your affairs should you become unable to do so in the future. They can deal with your financial affairs or health and welfare, or both. If you would like our help to draft a Powers of Attorney document.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Court of Protection application and administration

    We have a dedicated team who can help you through the paperwork associated with applications to and the administration of Court of Protection matters.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Tax planning

    Tax planning for the future is easy to put off but it can protect your assets and minimise the amount of tax you or your heirs will have to pay. We can help advise on a wide range of issues, from what to do with the family home, capital gains tax and inheritance tax, to transfers between spouses, tax relief, gifts and disposals of assets.Our experts can help make your hard-earned money work for you now and in the future.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Residential care fee planning

    Planning for the future can include consideration of future residential care fees.
    Not all of us will need full-time care when we are older but, because we don’t know what’s around the corner, discussing your options can bring lasting peace of mind.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Trust creation, advice and administration

    A trust is a way of managing and protecting assets – money, investments, land or buildings. They can be set up for a variety of reasons including to pass on assets, or when someone is incapacitated or too young to manage their own affairs.
    Our experts will discuss your needs, outline your options and help to set up a trust which will achieve your objectives. Trusts can be complex, but we will demystify the process and explain everything to you in plain English.
    Get in touch if you would like our help to set up a trust
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Probate and Estate Administration

    We recognise that dealing with the affairs of a loved one after their death can be daunting. It is likely to be one of the last things you will do for your loved one, and we understand how important it will be for you to carry out their wishes.
    It can be a devastating time, but our sympathetic, skilled and experienced Wills and Probate team is ready to guide, advise and ease the burden.Our solicitors are fully qualified and belong to the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly and the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme.
    Call us today on: 01482 326666

    Price Transparency

    Applying for the grant, collecting and distributing the assets

    We anticipate this will take between 10 and 30 hours work at hourly rates between £132.00 (£110 plus VAT @ £22) and £258 (£215 plus VAT @ £43) per hour depending on the level of experience and qualification of the fee earner. Total cost estimated at £2,400 (£2,000 plus VAT @ £400) – £6,600 (£6,000 plus VAT @ £600).

    The exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances of the matter. For example, if there is one beneficiary and no property, costs will be at the lower end of the range. If there are multiple beneficiaries, a property and multiple bank accounts, costs will be at the higher end.

    We will handle the full process for you. This quote is for estates where:

    • There is a valid Will
    • There is no more than one property
    • There are no more than 5 bank or building society accounts
    • There are no other intangible assets
    • There are 1-5 beneficiaries
    • There are no disputes between beneficiaries on division of assets. If disputes arise this is likely to leave to an increase in costs
    • There is no inheritance tax payable and the executors do not need to submit a full amount to HMRC
    • There are no claims made against the estate
    • There are no foreign assets
    • There are no beneficiaries to trace

    Additional disbursements include:

    • Probate application fee – £155
    • Bankruptcy-only Land Charges Department searches (per beneficiary) – £2
    • Post in The London Gazette – Protects against unexpected claims from unknown creditors – £82
    • Post in Local Newspaper – This also helps to protect against unexpected claims – £130

    We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

    Potential additional costs

    • If there is no Will or the estate consists of any shareholdings (stocks and bonds) there is likely to be additional costs that could range significantly depending on the estate and how it is to be dealt with. We can give you a more accurate quote once we have more information.
    • If any additional copies of the grant are required, they will cost 50p (1 per asset usually).
    • Missing asset search.
    • Dealing with the sale or transfer of any property in the estate is not included.
    • Dealing with deceased’s lifetime tax position.
    • Requirements for registration and tax returns for complex estates.

    How long will this take?

    On average. Estates that fall within this range are dealt with within 6-12 months. Typically, obtaining the Grant of Probate takes 6-8 weeks. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between 4-12 weeks. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes up to 12 months.

    Who will carry out the work?

    We have a highly experienced team of five fee earners who may work on your matter complemented by support staff.

    Regardless of who woks on your matter, they will be supervised by Emma Bell.

    Emma Bell

    Emma qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and works exclusively on estate planning and administration, care home fee planning, wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

    Nigel Richardson

    Nigel qualified as a solicitor over 40 years ago and specialises in Court of Protection work and the administration of estates.

    Diane McKechnie

    Diane qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and specialises in estate and succession planning, trusts and care home fee planning. Diane is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

    Emma Da Silva

    Emma joined the firm in 2015 and is a Chartered Legal Executive. She has a background of litigation work but is currently training to be a full time member of the Probate department.

    Vicki Thornes

    Vicki joined us in 2015 from Andrew Jackson Solicitors. She has attained Level 3 ILEX. Vicki has been undertaking administration of estates, wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney for over 20 years.

    Fee Earner Charging Rates

    All qualified solicitors charge £276 (£230 plus VAT £46) per hour. Other named fee earners charge £234 (£195 plus VAT £39) per hour.

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