Leading Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts Solicitors in Reading and Henley-on-Thames
Whether you are looking to make or update your Will, including advice in relation to trusts and lifetime tax planning, or for advice in relation to probate and estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) or Court of Protection and mental capacity issues, we have the experience to help you.
Our specialist solicitors work with a broad range of clients, including high net worth individuals with significant assets to those who are vulnerable or elderly.
Our comprehensive range of legal services allows you to seamlessly and cost-effectively manage all of your legal needs using a single firm of solicitors.
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 ensuring your loved ones' future interests are taken care of.
Having recently marked our 285th anniversary, we are very proud of the fact that many of our clients stay with us throughout their lifetimes and to act for some families across generations.
Our offices, in Reading, Henley-on-Thames and London are centrally and conveniently located. But, when considering your options, don’t necessarily limit yourself to firms within your local area. We are experienced in working with our clients remotely and adept at dealing with matters in this way, meaning that you can expect the same expert legal advice and excellent client care on which out leading reputation is based, however you decide to work with us. Where appropriate, we may also be able to travel to see you for an initial or subsequent meetings.
Trusted Expertise & Advice
We compare very favourably alongside national, city and larger regional firms and pride ourselves on providing clear, practical, understanding and effective legal advice, a responsive and highly personal service and, crucially, value for money, as reflected in the excellent client feedback we continue to receive.
Unlike seemingly lower cost alternatives, your solicitor or adviser will be on-hand and easily contactable when needed, providing peace of mind and ensuring that you are kept fully informed at every stage.
We are one of only two firms based in Reading and the surrounding area to be recognised in the top tier in both of the UK’s leading guides to law firms, Chambers HNW Guide and The Legal 500, and the only firm with offices in Henley-on-Thames. In 2019, we were named 'Best Probate Law Firm – London/South East' at the national Probate Research Awards.
The majority of our solicitors are also members of, and accredited by, leading professional bodies, including the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly and the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and our entire team has completed training to become Dementia Friends, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Society.
Wills & Estate Planning
You may be looking to make or update your Will, perhaps due to a marriage or divorce, the arrival of children or grandchildren or a change in your circumstances. We can advise on both simple individual or mirror Wills (for couples) and more complex Wills and estates, including those involving trusts and significant property or business assets and overseas interests. We can also provide advice in relation to tax efficient solutions involving Inheritance Tax (IHT) or Capital Gains Tax (CGT) planning.
According to a recent survey conducted by Blandy & Blandy, 52% of adults aged over 35 and living in south east England do not have a Will, despite it being a vitally important document. You may find our blog article on this and why it is essential to have an up-to-date Will of interest.
Probate & Estate Administration
When someone close to you sadly passes away, dealing with probate and the the administration of their estate can be one task too many at this difficult time. We can help individuals, trustees or executors by providing advice on all aspects of probate and estate administration, as well as in relation to more practical matters, including valuing and selling property and other assets. If an inheritance related dispute unfortunately occurs at any time, we also have solicitors with expertise in this specialist area.
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs)
We can advise on Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and existing Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) if you wish to protect against future mental incapacity due to an accident or illness (for example Dementia). We have particular expertise in relation to applications to the Court of Protection and are able to advise attorneys and deputies where someone has unfortunately lost mental capacity and is no longer able to make decisions or manage their own financial, property and health related affairs. You may find our blog article, 'What is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?' helpful.