Estate administration

Administering the estate of a relative is an important task and one that can become increasingly difficult in the absence of a will.

After a death, the assets are distributed in accordance with the will. If a well drafted, up-to-date and legally binding will isn’t in place then an administrator is needed – usually, the next of kin.

This means responsibility lies with this person to distribute assets in accordance with relevant laws. If this task has fallen to you, Lawrence Hamblin can advise you on the best way to do this and answer any questions you might have. If you want us to act as estate administrator, we can do this too.

Whatever your requirements, we will communicate with you throughout the process in plain English.

Our local solicitors are based in and around Reading, Henley-on-Thames, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Gerrards Cross. Give us a call on 01491 411884 to discuss our estate administration services.

Power of attorney

Some people choose to create a lasting power of attorney (LPA) to ensure their wishes are respected should they one day find themselves in a position where they’re unable to make their own decisions.

An LPA is a legal document that protects you if you have an accident, or fall ill, and are prevented from making future decisions. This document will empower another to make decisions about your wellbeing on your behalf. By appointing an attorney before needing one, you know your affairs will be managed how you’d like them to be.

There are various types of LPAs, depending on the area of your life you want another to have control over. To be valid, an LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian.

Our locally based solicitors can help you with all aspects of creating a lasting power of attorney, from choosing a suitable person and deciding which type is right for you, to registering it.

Give Lawrence Hamblin a call now on 01491 411884 to discuss LPAs in more detail.

Will and inheritance disputes

The terms of a will can be a cause for distress and disagreement within a family and disputes can also arise if a will is not in place.

If you and your family members are clashing over the terms of a will, including who and what is included or excluded, we’re here to help.

Our role is to provide calm, friendly, professional advice and explain to you what your rights are should you wish to dispute a term, or if another party is disputing it.

Call QualitySolicitors Lawrence Hamblin now on 01491 411884 and a member of our specialist team will talk you through the process, as well as the costs and timescales involved.