As part of our Private Client work, we advise and undertake Trust matters, ranging from straightforward property and co-ownership issues to Trusts and charitable organisations. We often act as Trustees and tax advisers to numerous Lifetime and Will Trusts and are well placed to advise and act on the many aspects of legislation and practice governing their operation.
While successive changes in government have reduced the appeal of some Trusts from a tax perspective, these powerful tools allow our clients to be certain of what happens to their assets, both during their lifetime and after death.
Our probate & trust solicitors in Brighton can help you with:
Probates and Trusts
We have considerable experience in areas relating to Trusts for individuals, families and beneficiaries. We can administer Trusts and draw up accounts and tax returns and deal with distributions as well as the winding up of Trusts. We are also there in those haunting days after a loved one has died, to assist with matters relating to Probate including registering the death, organising the funeral, obtaining the Grant of Probate and dealing with the Estate Accounts and the distribution of the Estate according to the deceased’s wishes.
Contested Probate and Disputing a Will
We can advise on a wide range of issues including, claims by relatives, cohabitees and dependants for provision from the Estate; challenging the validity of a Will; interpretation of Trust documentation and disputes involving personal representatives, beneficiaries and creditors. These disputes can be emotionally taxing and we provide a sympathetic and realistic approach designed to achieve a successful outcome.
Most people are concerned to maximise their Estate for their beneficiaries. There are a number of ways to achieve this and much will depend on your own circumstances. We are however able to give concise and proactive advice to assist you in planning your Estate and are happy to sit down with you to talk through your individual circumstances and guide you on the way forward.