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Helping you to manage your personal
and financial affairs efficiently and
effectively, now and for the future.
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Getting your personal and financial affairs in order can often seem daunting
and complex. With a little foresight and forward thinking you can look
towards a future that retains your wealth and reflects your wishes with a
greater degree of certainty and confidence.
HOW WE DO THIS
We provide accurate advice and use practical
solutions within; Wills, probate and estate
administration, Inheritance Tax planning, Lasting
and Enduring Powers of Attorney and trusts.
PRIVATE CLIENT SERVICES
HELPING FAMILIES ACCESS THE BEST POSSIBLE
ADVICE FOR THEM AND THEIR LOVED ONES
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We aim to build productive, long term
relationships with our clients and their families.
There are often sensitive and difficult situations
to think about, and we promise to offer a friendly,
personal and confidential service that puts your
needs and wishes first.
PUTTING YOU IN CONTROL OF HOW
YOUR MONEY AND POSSESSIONS WILL
BE DISTRIBUTED AFTER YOUR DEATH
WHY MAKE A WILL
Simply put, by making a Will
you are giving those you love
peace of mind for the future.
Provision can be made for all
members of the family, friends
and charities as you wish.
Choose who your Executors are
and ensure that it’s the people you
trust who administer your estate.
IF I DON’T HAVE A WILL
If you die without leaving a valid
Will you leave your estate in
uncertainty which can often lead
to stressful family disputes.
Without a Will, your family
could face a larger Inheritance
Tax bill than necessary.
Unmarried partners may not receive
anything from your estate, unless
you have made a Will in their favour.
GETTING IT RIGHT
The legal language around drafting
a Will can be complicated, and it
is easy to make mistakes which
is why using a solicitor can
spare you worry and stress.
Updating your Will is also
important if your circumstances
change; for instance if you
divorce, re-marry, have children
or set up your own business.
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OF PEOPLE DON’T
HAVE A WILL.
THIS LEAVES LOVED
WHICH OFTEN LEAD TO
ONES TO DEAL WITH
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POWERS OF ATTORNEY
GIVING YOU THE POWER TO CHOOSE WHO YOU WANT TO MAKE
THE IMPORTANT DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR WELFARE, MONEY
OR PROPERTY ON YOUR BEHALF
WHAT ARE ‘POWERS OF ATTORNEY’
Now called ‘Lasting Powers of Attorney’ (LPA), this powerful
document is often thought of as an insurance policy for the
future. Hopefully you will be able to deal with matters yourself
for as long as possible, but should you lose mental capacity to
do so, then you can be assured that it will be the people you
know and trust who will make the decisions for you.
Those who care for elderly friends or relatives may need help
and assistance in dealing with their money and belongings, and
also with decisions concerning their well-being and healthcare.
GETTING IT RIGHT
Preparing an LPA requires careful thought and planning and
specialist experience is often required in drawing up these
important documents. We can guide you through the process
and help you with the drafting of all the elements so that
sufficient protection is in place for you and your loved ones.
Both Deputyship Orders and Lasting Powers of Attorney
authorise someone to make decisions for somebody else.
The difference is that an LPA is made by someone who still has
mental capacity however a Deputyship is made by a court for
someone who has already lost that capacity.
HELP IS AT HAND
If you need to apply for a Deputyship Order, you will have the
best chance of success if the application has been properly
drawn up and submitted by a legal expert. At Else Solicitors we
are able to provide advice and help with preparing applications
to the court, obtaining the necessary medical evidence and
implementing the Order once it has been granted.
Our Private Client team will continue to support the Deputy after
their appointment including assistance with the preparation of
annual accounts if needed.
8. INHERITANCE TAX PLANNING
PLAN NOW TO PROTECT YOUR ASSETS
AND MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE
PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT
HOW MUCH IS INHERITANCE TAX
If you leave an estate valued at more than £325,000, your loved ones may have to pay 40% on
anything above that figure. Many people think that Inheritance Tax will not apply to their estate
when they die but investments and savings can put many people above the tax-free threshold.
?KNOWIT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED THAT
£1.3BNIS BEING WASTED
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO
REDUCE INHERITANCE TAX
There are specific allowances,
exemptions and reliefs which
may be available to you.
Another very popular way of reducing
the amount of tax paid can be to
place some assets into a trust.
Also by working with your legal adviser
and your accountant you can explore
the best ways of passing on as much as
you can to your chosen beneficiaries.
USING YOUR WILL
Special types of Wills can be drawn
up to further reduce the Inheritance
Tax bill. By placing a trust in your Will
you can leave assets to beneficiaries
who are exempt from Inheritance
Tax, such as a spouse or civil partner
or by leaving gifts to charities.
However it is worth noting, if you have
the wrong type of Will drawn up all the
tax benefits could be lost, so it is vitally
important you seek the advice of a
solicitor to ensure you get this right.
AVOIDEDWITH BASIC TAX
PLANNING IN PLACE.
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TRUST FUNDS ARE AN EXCELLENT WAY TO HELP
PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONES AND ENSURE THEY
CAN BE PROVIDED FOR IN THE FUTURE
WHY A TRUST
Trusts are generally made
for one of three reasons:
WHAT KINDS OF TRUSTS ARE THERE
There are many types of trusts for different purposes which each
have their own tax rules. Some of the most commonly created are:
• TRUSTS FOR MINORS -
• PILOT TRUSTS -
for Inheritance Tax planning
purposes, intended to
receive pension funds or
the proceeds of a life policy
• LIFE INTEREST TRUSTS -
providing funds for the
lifetime of one person
• DISCRETIONARY TRUSTS -
where there are a number
of people who can benefit
at the trustees’ discretion
• TRUSTS FOR
DISABLED PERSONS -
specially designed to
give favourable tax
• CHARITABLE TRUSTS -
providing income for
• BARE TRUSTS -
held for children or adults
unable to look after the
• PERSONAL INJURY TRUSTS -
set up as discretionary
or bare trusts to benefit
someone who has received
a cash settlement following
injury to allow them to
continue receiving benefits
• DECLARATIONS OF TRUST -
used to define how proceeds
from the sale of property
would be split if one party
has put more into the
purchase than the other
1. PROTECTING YOUR ASSETS -
so they cannot be
sold in order to pay
for residential care
2. PROTECTING YOUR FAMILY -
loved ones are not left to
manage funds directly
but can still benefit
3. HELP REDUCE OR AVOID
INHERITANCE TAX -
ensure money, investments
and property are passed on
in the most tax efficient way
Setting up trusts can often
be a complicated process
but can have great benefits
for you and your family.
10. PROBATE ESTATE ADMINISTRATION
PROBATE SIMPLY PUT IS THE PROCESS WHEN APPLYING FOR
THE RIGHT TO DEAL WITH A DECEASED PERSON’S ESTATE
WHO DEALS WITH THE ESTATE
The administration of an estate is normally dealt with by the
Executors who are named in the Will. In order to collect assets,
sell property and wind up an estate, you would need to obtain a
Grant of Probate from court which confirms the executors’ legal
authority to manage the estate and deal with banks and
WHAT IF THERE IS NO WILL
If there is no Will, the beneficiaries of the estate will be
determined by the Intestacy Rules, and it is only one (or more)
of these beneficiaries who can apply to be appointed as an
estate administrator. A court can appoint other people to take
on a similar role to Executors, but they have no authority to do
anything until Letters of Administration have been applied for
and are granted by a court.
HOW LONG DOES PROBATE TAKE
Once a Grant of Probate has been applied for it takes
approximately two weeks to be received. The administration
of an estate will usually take between four and six months,
however in some cases up to a year depending on the
complexities of the estate.
DEED OF VARIATION
If beneficiaries of a Will want to make an additional gift to
someone not named in the Will, or a charity, a Deed of Variation
may be the answer. This may avoid the tax consequences that
would apply if the money was just gifted.
We have many years experience in handling estates and can
give you the advice and support you need whether you are acting
as an Executor or Administrator. We can thoroughly explain
the benefits of Deeds of Variation and guide you through the
necessary processes, whether applying for Grant of Probate or
for Letters of Administration.
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