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Wills, Probate and Elderly Client Services

Barwells has a friendly, experienced and motivated team dedicated to dealing with wills, power-of-attorney, administration of deceased’s estate, trusts, tax planning and the needs of the elderly. Members of our team can be found in all five of Barwells offices.

Writing Wills:

Barwells, the Law Society and Consumer Groups agree that all adults, however old or young, should make a Will to ensure that their property passes to their chosen beneficiaries upon their death. Without a Will the State decide who should inherit your assets. Making a Will is usually quite simple but Barwells can guide you through any problems that might arise.

We offer a Wills service tailored to your needs. For straightforward situations we offer a fixed fee service. For those whose circumstances require a more detailed approach, an individual price will be agreed. In either event you will be advised by an experience Will Practitioner, who will prepare your well after an interview when you will have the opportunity of explaining your specific requirements. We will be happy to retain the original of your new Will in our strong room without charge.

 

Administration of Deceased's Estates:

We approach our work in a positive and professional manner, dealing expertly with Estates of all sizes. We can advise on Inheritance Tax issues and deal with the Estates where there is no Will (known as intestacy). We will also advise on possible variations to the gifts in a Will or on intestacy to address changes that the Beneficiaries may wish to make or to affect Inheritance Tax savings.

 

Trusts: 

A Trust is often seen as a complex area of law, which only affects "other people". This is not necessarily the case and indeed in one way or another, we are all affected by Trusts. The Trust is simply a procedure whereby one person (the legal owner) holds property on Trust for another person or persons who are entitled to the benefit of such property. Trusts do not need to be complicated, can be quite inexpensive and can result in a substantial tax savings. A Trust may be designed to protect the interests of young children, the elderly or infirm.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) and the Affairs of the Elderly:

Barwells firmly believe that every adult has the right to manage their personal finances and affairs. However we must all recognise that our ability to manage may diminish with advancing years. Problems may arise if we do not make appropriate preparations.

We can assist in a number of practical ways to help you prepare for this eventuality. One example is choosing someone to take a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to enable them to assist you during your lifetime in the management of your financial affairs. It’s never too early to consider this, we encourage our clients to make an LPA at an early stage as an insurance policy for the future.

If you do not have close relatives or friends to appoint, one or two of the Partners of Barwells can become your Attorneys to look after your affairs if and when the time comes.

Barwells have a fixed tariff for making an LPA, which is displayed on this website or could be sent to you on request.

We can also assist where a person has become mentally or physically incapacitated but has not made an LPA. This can include the involvement of the Office of the Public Guardian.

If you would like to discuss any of our services, please contact your local Barwells office to have a chat with one of our specialist solicitors.

Seaford01323 875025
private.client-sf@barwells.com


Eastbourne01323 435473
private.client-eb@barwells.com


Hailsham01323 814019
private.client-hs@barwells.com


Newhaven01273 511082
private.clientnh@barwells.com


Peacehaven01273 582271
private.client-ph@barwells.com

 

Team members

Nicola Jones
Partner, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Eastbourne
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Stephen Ash
Partner, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Seaford
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Tim Morgan
Partner, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Eastbourne
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Anna Kirova
Solicitor, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Eastbourne
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Charlene Urry
Senior Legal Manager, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Seaford
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Nicola Whymark
Legal Manager, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Seaford
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Rachel Jones
Chartered Legal Executive, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Newhaven
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Ria Emin
Private Client Practitioner, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Seaford
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Sara Shires
Chartered Legal Executive, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Peacehaven
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Sophie Maloney
Chartered Legal Executive, Wills, Trusts & Probate
Hailsham
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