Probate & Estates
Dealing with the personal affairs of someone who has died is often a mixture of difficult emotions and frustration. Sorting out an estate takes time and is often extremely complex.
Whether you need a little assistance and advice, or would like us to take the burden off your shoulders completely, we can help. We work closely with everyone involved to ensure that the process is managed efficiently, effectively and that your personal interests are prioritised.
Our International Private Client team also has considerable expertise in legal matters where offshore assets are involved or where UK assets form part of the estate of a non-resident.
When financial, health or welfare decisions need to be made in relation to adults who may lack capacity, applications can be made to the Court of Protection. There has been a record increase in the number of applications which the Court of Protection has recently dealt with.
Sometimes wills have to be prepared whilst someone is suffering from ill health or during the last stage of their life. In these circumstances it is critical to ensure that the person making the will (known as the testator) is able to satisfy the legal requirements to do so.
The Lester Aldridge Private Client Team now has eight members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the recognised mark of excellence for private client lawyers.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which authorises someone else to make certain decisions on your behalf when you can no longer do so.