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Blandy & Blandy Solicitors
Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Solicitors in Reading, Henley-on-Thames & Wokingham

Solicitors For You & Your Family

Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Solicitors in Reading, Henley-on-Thames & Wokingham

With welcoming and conveniently located offices in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham, we are recognised as one of the most established and experienced teams of Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts solicitors in the South East, meaning you can trust that you are in safe and expert hands. We can also advise you remotely, and you can expect the same legal advice and client care on which our leading reputation is based, however you decide to work with us.

Looking for expert legal advice?

Leading Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Solicitors
in Reading, Henley-on-Thames & Wokingham

Whether you are looking to make or update a Will, including seeking advice regarding lifetime tax planning or trusts, for help in relation to probate and estate administration following the death of a loved one, to prepare Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs), or for advice on Court of Protection and capacity issues, we have the expertise and experience to advise you.

You will be searching for a specialist solicitor who can help to ensure that you and your family’s immediate and longer-term interests are protected. Listening carefully to your needs and aims, we are committed to providing you with clear and effective legal advice, an understanding and supportive service and, crucially, value for money, alongside the peace of mind that comes with knowing your affairs will be taken care of in line with your needs and wishes.

First impressions can never be repeated. It is important that you can speak to an experienced solicitor or adviser when obtaining an estimate and that this is accurate, easy to understand and received promptly. How well things are handled at this early stage is likely to reflect the level of service and the overall experience that you can expect going forwards, and this may help you to decide whether you feel that you would be in safe hands.

When contacting our team, you will receive a clear and detailed quote, allowing you to review and understand our fees and any associated costs. We will of course be happy to discuss and explain the quote provided and the process that follows if needed.

Working With our Leading Team of  Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Solicitors

Having marked our 290th anniversary in 2023, clients continue to trust in our expertise and significant experience. We are proud of the fact that many of our clients stay with us throughout their lifetimes and to have acted for a growing number of families across generations.

We work with a broad range of clients, at every stage of their lives, whether you are newly married or going through a divorce, buying your first home or planning for retirement, welcoming children or grandchildren or someone had sadly passed away, or you are vulnerable or elderly, or supporting someone who is. 

We are also highly experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals with significant financial, business or property assets, including overseas elements, with the support of our international network if required. 

Our solicitors are members of and/or accredited by leading professional bodies, including the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and The Association of Lifetime Lawyers (formerly Solicitors for the Elderly), whilst colleagues have also completed training to become Dementia Friends, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Society.

Our Leading Reputation

We are one of only two firms in Reading and the only firm in Henley-on-Thames or Wokingham to be recognised as a top tier firm of private client solicitors in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers HNW and The Legal 500, and in 2019 we were named 'Best Probate Law Firm – London/South East' at the national Probate Research Awards. Our successful approach is further reflected in the excellent client feedback our clients kindly continue to share. 

We enjoy excellent relationships with other leading professional services firms across the region and are experienced in working closely with other advisers who may be supporting you. This can help to ensure a smoother process and to minimise the likelihood and impact of any unforeseen issues or costly delays. You can also rely on colleagues within our firm for specialist expertise in other areas if required, including property and advice in relation to any business interests.

 

 

Common Questions

Where are your offices located?

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Our offices are conveniently located in ReadingHenley-on-Thames and Wokingham. We can also advise you remotely and you can expect the same legal advice and client care on which our leading reputation is based, however you decide to work with us.

 

Am I wealthy enough to need a Will?

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You do not have to be wealthy to need a Will. Indeed, some of the most complicated issues often arise from smaller estates. However, your estate could be worth much more than you think and in making a Will you can ensure that your loved ones’ future interests are protected.

Is making a Will expensive?

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The majority of Wills are fairly straightforward and it is therefore not expensive to have one drawn up. For (married, civil partnership and unmarried) couples, we also provide a cost-effective “mirror Wills” service, if your Wills are near identical. Even if a complicated Will costs you a little more, you can be sure that it is a good investment, which buys peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

Can I write my own Will without using a solicitor?

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You can buy a “Will kit” and write your own, but this can often prove to be false economy. It may not save time or money in the end and may well cause serious complications for your loved ones. Any mistakes you make, or important matters you leave out, will only be known after your death, which is, of course, too late.

Many of the mistakes are made when it comes to signing and witnessing the Will, which if done incorrectly invalidates the Will. Worse still, a badly written Will could result in your estate going to the wrong people, or result in the payment of more tax than would otherwise have been the case, and have an adverse effect on your loved ones. Read more.

What happens if I don't make a Will?

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Many people, including unmarried couples who co-own property (“co-habitees”) or those with young children, may not consider making Wills until reaching later life but we would caution against this. According to the Office for National Statistics, on average men have children at 33, while women do so at 30, and the average first time buyers in the UK are also 33.

If a person dies without a Will, their estate will be administered in accordance with the Intestacy Rules, meaning that their wishes may not be taken into account. This can have unfortunate consequences for everyone, including being more complicated or expensive to administer and in some cases causing serious financial problems or resulting in upsetting family disputes.

Only spouses or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under these rules. Legislation does not cater for unmarried couples or other family structures; for example, blended families.

Who will carry out my wishes? Choosing Executors

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You can choose to have between one and four executors to ensure that the terms of your Will are carried out and that the whole of your estate is properly administered. You can have whoever you like as an executor, provided they are over 18 years old and are preferably living in the UK. It is advisable however, to ask the person beforehand if they would be prepared to act as your executor.

You can appoint your solicitor to be your executor and be assured that he/she is fully trained to take on the wide variety of technical and administrative problems that may arise. In practice, this in no way diminishes the involvement of your family and can in fact ease the burden on someone who, because of your death, may not be able to face dealing with a lot of paperwork straightaway.

Is my Will out of date?

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You may already have a Will in place but it is essential to keep it up to date, particularly when significant life events occur; including if you have any children and/or any arrangements made for them change over time, upon divorce, if an executor and/or beneficiary dies in your lifetime or if there is a change to your financial position.

What are Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)?

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Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA is an important legal document whereby you give another person or more than one person (known as an attorney(s)) the ability to make certain decisions on your behalf. There are two types of LPA, A property and financial affairs LPA and a health and welfare LPA. Read more.

What do I do when a loved one dies?

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There are many things to arrange when a loved one dies and it can be hard to make important arrangements and decisions at a time when you may be feeling shocked and confused. As well as dealing with the legal aspects we can also help with practical matters such as clearing a property of personal and household effects and dealing with the insurance and utility suppliers. Read more.

 

Why choose a lawyer who is a member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers?

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The Association was established as Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE)in 1996 and its members have been trained to provide the expertise require to advise you in relation to important decisions that can sometimes seem difficult or daunting. We are proud that a number of colleagues in our Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts team are Accredited Lifetime Lawyers. Read more.

  • Why Choose Us?

  • LEADING REPUTATION

    We are widely acknowledged as one of the Thames Valley’s leading firms of solicitors advising on Wills and estate planning, tax & trusts, probate and estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Court of Protection matters, with conveniently located offices in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and Wokingham.

  • APPROACHABLE SERVICE

    Listening carefully to your needs and aims, we are committed to providing clear, practical and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money.

  • OUTSTANDING CLIENT CARE

    You can be reassured that in our recent annual survey, 98% of clients said that they would recommend our firm to others, while 99% rated their experience as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

  • TOP RANKED FIRM

    We are one of only two firms in Reading and the only firm in Henley-on-Thames or Wokingham to be recognised as a top tier firm of private client solicitors in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers UK and The Legal 500, and in 2019 we were named 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East' at the UK Probate Research Awards.

  • A JOINED UP APPROACH

    You can rely on our specialist expertise in areas other than Wills, probate, tax & trusts, ranging family law to property, if needed.

Our Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Solicitors

For expert legal advice call our Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts team
Reading 0118 951 6800 or Henley-on-Thames 01491 572 323 Wokingham 0118 951 6888

Graham Benwell

Graham Benwell

Consultant Solicitor, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Caroline Casagranda

Caroline Casagranda

Partner, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Jonathan Gater

Jonathan Gater

Joint Managing Partner, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts & Court of Protection

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Louise Nelson

Louise Nelson

Partner, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short

Partner, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Rachel Burnett

Rachel Burnett

Associate Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Kelly Chandler

Kelly Chandler

Associate Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Sophie Ashford

Sophie Ashford

Senior Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Anne Call

Anne Call

Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Katherine Dimmock

Katherine Dimmock

Solicitor, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Kirsti Harvey

Kirsti Harvey

Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Senior Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Sophie Stone

Sophie Stone

Solicitor, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Sara Dalmazzo-Auckland

Sara Dalmazzo-Auckland

Senior Chartered Legal Executive, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith

Chartered Legal Executive, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

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Anna Butler

Anna Butler

Senior Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts & Court of Protection

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Rebecca Harley

Rebecca Harley

Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Megan Hanrahan

Megan Hanrahan

Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Aaron Khatter

Aaron Khatter

Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Tim Odell

Tim Odell

Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Laura Quinn

Laura Quinn

Senior Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Louise Ryan

Louise Ryan

Legal Assistant, Wills, Probate Tax & Trusts

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Emily Boorman

Emily Boorman

Trainee Solicitor

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Amber Pocock

Amber Pocock

Trainee Solicitor

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“For individuals and their families, the firm has one of the strongest private client teams in the south of England.”

Chambers HNW Guide

“Blandy & Blandy provides an excellent service at a fair cost and places its clients’ best interests as its first priority.”

The Legal 500

“Clients have complete confidence in them. They give a very personalised and bespoke service.”

Chambers HNW Guide

“Very experienced, with outstanding professionalism.”

The Legal 500

“A strong choice for clients requiring private client services.”

Chambers HNW Guide

“Excellent and dedicated private client team that puts the needs of their clients at the centre of their work.”

The Legal 500

“We worked with Blandy & Blandy to draw up new Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney. In both cases, our solicitor was easy to talk to and clearly explained the options, including all of the questions we asked. The whole experience was very customer friendly from start to finish. I am very happy to recommend Blandy & Blandy.”

Client

“For the handling of my step-mother’s Will and the ensuing sale of her house, it was very clear that Blandy and Blandy had highly competent and experienced staff with detailed knowledge of the relevant law.”

Client

“A very professional, friendly and helpful service and an excellent experience. Highly recommended.”

Client

“Courteous, charming and considerate at all times. A friendly and welcoming firm.”

Client

“Very helpful, understanding and patient with us.”

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“An excellent firm of solicitors. Their help and advice, and supportive approach, was invaluable and most welcome at a very difficult time. ”

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Awards & Accreditations

Top tier firm, Chambers HNW Guide

Top tier firm, Chambers HNW Guide

Top tier firm, The Legal 500

Top tier firm, The Legal 500

Winner - 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East', UK Probate Research Awards 2019

Winner - 'Best Probate Law Firm - London/South East', UK Probate Research Awards 2019

Our team features members of  the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Our team features members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Our team features members of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers, formerly Solicitors for the Elderly.

Our team features members of The Association of Lifetime Lawyers, formerly Solicitors for the Elderly.

Members of our team are Dementia Friends

Members of our team are Dementia Friends