We are an established firm of Solicitors working for private and commercial clients throughout the United Kingdom with offices in Kent and East Sussex.
We endeavour to provide a common sense approach to our client’s legal needs which is efficient and affordable both to the individual and to the commercial client. In doing so we ensure that our clients are kept informed and involved during the course of the transaction.
Our ethos is one of approachability and sensitivity to our client’s needs. We have gained a reputation for providing a swift and efficient resolution to our client’s legal needs whilst at the same time addressing their concerns in a way that is understanding and appreciative of the difficulties that many people have in understanding the complexity of legal procedure.
SERVICES OFFERED FROM OUR CHISLEHURST OFFICE:
If you have yet to make a will then you will be unable to guarantee that those you intend to benefit from your estate will do so. We provide a comprehensive Wills service ensuring that all eventualities which may affect your wishes in the future are taken into account and that your will is kept securely at our offices so that your wishes will be preserved. When drafting we would also advise on any potential Inheritance Tax implications of your Will and estate generally.
All too often the wishes of those who depart us are not properly recorded and those that were intended to benefit from their estate are left with nothing.
The value of the peace of mind that comes in knowing that those you care about will be provided for after your death cannot be overstated. For this reason it is important to consider making a Will whatever age you are as this is the only way you can ensure that your wishes will be followed with regards to the disposition of your estate upon death.
Upon the death of a relative or loved one there are many legal formalities that must be complied with in connection with the administration of the deceased’s estate. For many the burden of fulfilling these legal obligations during the time that they are bereaved can be unduly stressful and some of the formalities required can seem insensitive to those involved.
For this reason we offer a caring and conscientious probate service to assist you in managing the estate of your loved one right from the outset. Some of the areas in which we offer our assistance and advice include:
Identifying the person responsible for administering the estate as the personal representative of the deceased
Establishing the extent of the estate
Assessing the estates inheritance tax liability
Applying for a grant of probate/administration in order to allow the personal representative to deal with the estate
Gathering in the deceased’s assets
Paying the deceased’s debts and addressing his liabilities; and
Distributing his estate according to their Will, or law.
Powers of Attorney and Deputyship
When someone loses capacity to deal in their own affairs, this can cause much stress to those that are left to take on the administration of another person’s affairs. We would always advise that everyone creates a Lasting Power of Attorney, appointing people to act should they lose capacity. It may be the case that this is never required in the future, but at least having it can provide peace of mind.
If you have a family member who has lost capacity and does not already have a Power of Attorney in place, the only way you will be able to act would be by way of becoming a deputy. This involves making an application to the Court of Protection for deputyship.
We can assist you in either circumstance.
Our experienced conveyancing department deals with all aspects of conveyancing and property law. For this reason our clientele spans a broad spectrum ranging from first time residential buyers to property developers and companies leasing commercial premises.
In all cases we provide a personal and conscientious service, persevering at all times to accommodate our client’s concerns and protect their interests. We ensure that our clients are kept informed during each transaction and that our fees remain both competitive and transparent throughout.
Our areas of expertise include the following:
The sale and purchase of residential property
The grant/assignment of leasehold interests
Transfers of equity
Right to Buy