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Protecting you and your family Taking proactive steps at the right time will help you preserve your assets and protect your family for the years ahead.

How we can help you • Wills and wealth planning

• Contesting a will & inheritance disputes

• Care home fee planning

• Deputyships

• Trusts

• Estate administration (Probate)

• Powers of attorney

• Tax planning

We always listen to your wishes and offer the best possible legal advice and support, enabling you to have as much control as possible over your financial and family affairs. Our specialist team of personal lawyers act for many people in business and the professions where private and commercial matters are often intertwined.

Client Comments “A very professional, prompt & efficient service – very happy” “I always find Sintons to be a family-friendly firm. Their staff have a friendly and informal approach, which makes it easier to cope with stressful situations such as bereavement and selling a house” “I was very pleased with the work you did on my aunt’s estate” “Very grateful for friendly and helpful support during a difficult time”

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“The estate was complicated and required extensive work to recover all of the assets. Your firm painstakingly pursued every lead and eventually identified all of the relevant assets”

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Clear, direct legal advice Taking proactive steps at the right time will help you preserve your assets and protect your family for the years ahead. Wills and wealth planning

Lasting powers of attorney In the event that either you become mentally incapable of making decisions in relation to your finances or health and welfare, or the burden of managing your financial affairs becomes too great, then having a lasting power of attorney (“LPA”) can really help.

Everything you have worked hard for and built up during your lifetime will pass in accordance with your will when you pass away. This makes a will one of the most important documents that you will ever sign, yet some people put off preparing a will or even decide not to make one at all.

A LPA is a document that lets you appoint one or more people, “attorneys”, to make decisions on your behalf.

Our legal experts can advise you on:

It is important that the LPA is completed correctly to ensure that your attorneys have all the power they need, but not more than you want them to have.

• The types of wills available

• Inheritance tax mitigation and rules

• Guardianship for your children

• Estate planning

• Succession planning for business owners and farmers

• Care home fee planning

Our legal experts can advise you on:

• Potential challenges to your will

• The types of LPA and differences between them

• Provision for disabled beneficiaries

• Registering LPAs • LPAs for business owners • The role and obligations of an attorney

Trusts A trust is an arrangement whereby someone, a “trustee”, is placed in a position of responsibility to look after assets on behalf of somebody else. It can be a flexible tool which can have advantages for your wealth and succession planning. A trust can be used to control when assets ultimately pass to beneficiaries and in what form.

Deputyship

Our legal experts can advise you on: • The types of trusts available

• The terms of the trust deed drafted for you

• Appointing and changing the trustees

• The role and obligations of a trustee

• Tax implications of trusts

• Setting up and administrating the trust

• Preparing trust accounts and tax returns

• Termination of the trust

Estate administration (Probate) Coming to terms with the death of a loved one can be an extremely difficult process. The practicalities of dealing with your loved one’s estate can often be too much to bear, especially as some matters need attending to straightaway. It is essential if you are appointed to deal with someone’s estate that you seek specialist advice in order to help you through the process. Our legal experts can advise you on: • The terms of the deceased’s will

• Administering the estate

• Inheritance tax calculations

• Your entitlement as a beneficiary

•The role and obligations of an executor and trustee

• Applying for a grant of representation on your behalf

• Claims made against the estate

• Varying your entitlement as a beneficiary

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• Other types of power of attorney

If you have a relative or friend who has lost mental capacity, it can be a distressing and frustrating time. Unless you have authority to act on their behalf by way of power of attorney, you will encounter difficulties when dealing with that person’s investment institutions (banks and building societies), pension providers and utility companies. An application to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a deputy will be required to overcome these problems. Our legal experts can advise you on: • Your role as a deputy • Inheritance tax planning applications • Preparing deputyship accounts • Statutory gift applications • Statutory will applications • Removing a deputy

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Family protected  

Taking proactive steps at the right time will help you preserve your assets and protect your family for the years ahead.

Family protected  

Taking proactive steps at the right time will help you preserve your assets and protect your family for the years ahead.

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