Plan ahead and protect your estate.

Whether you're a private individual or you run a business, we'll show you how to mitigate your inheritance tax liabilities and pass your wealth on to the people that matter most.

Inheritance tax is high.

Our aim is to help you reduce your tax liability.

Our friendly, experienced team will advise you on the tax consequences of lifetime giving, creating trusts or deeds of variation. We’ll also show you how to protect your home from the costs of long term care. Plus, we’ll highlight all the opportunities for tax relief or exemptions – including agricultural or business property relief.

Employment Law

Complete support, complete peace of mind.

Our Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Team are experts in providing advice and planning that suits your circumstances. Many of our lawyers are also members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), so you can rest assured you’re always receiving most relevant and knowledgeable advice.

 

 

We’ll advise you on:

Probate – what it is and how long it can take

Power of Attorney – applications and costs

The Office of the Public Guardian

Court of Protection

Probate forms

International probate law

Grant of probate

Executor of will

Wills

Death certificates

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We understand that planning for the future and protecting your loved ones, is one of the most important things we will prepare for. Our trusted and compassionate team are able to advise and put into place all of the foundations for you and your family, keeping you updated at all times.

- Kim Carr

If you have an enquiry in relation to Wills, Trusts and Probate or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Inheritance Tax rules are complicated and due to house prices rising, Inheritance Tax is no longer an issue for just the super wealthy.  Planning ahead can drastically reduce your tax liability or in some cases, eliminate it all together.

If you have a Will in place at the time of your death, then it is the responsibility of your Executor to submit the Inheritance Tax account to HM Revenue & Customs and to organise the payment of the Inheritance Tax from funds held in your estate.  If there is no Will in place, then it is the responsibility of the Administrator to carry out this role.

a.      Inheritance Tax is a tax charged on death.  The current Inheritance Tax rate is 40%. Any assets left to a surviving spouse or civil partner pass free of Inheritance Tax as well as any assets left to a charity.

Every person has the first £325,000.00 of their Estate free of Inheritance Tax.  This is called the Nil Rate Band. There is an additional Residence Nil Rate Band of £175,000.00 if the Deceased owns a property worth more than £175,000.00 and is bequeathing the property to direct descendants (such as children). If, when the first spouse dies, they leave their whole estate to the surviving spouse, then their Nil Rate Band and Residence Nil Rate Band can potentially be transferred to the Estate of the surviving spouse meaning that there could be £1million free of tax. 

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Alyson Kendrick

Paralegal Support

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Andrew Vernon

Consultant

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Carina Kervin

Partner

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Casey Laishley

Paralegal Support

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Christina Polychronakis

Associate

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Graham Fuller

Partner

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Jane Hughes

Consultant

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Julie Burn

Partner

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Kim Carr

Partner

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Michelle Monnes-Thomas

Partner

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Pritee Bedi

Paralegal

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Rachel Wood

Senior Associate

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Samantha Roberts

Solicitor

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Sara Simson

Partner

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Vicky Atkins

Legal Assistant

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What Our Clients Say
 

We were really pleased with Mr Fuller who dealt with our wills and Power of Attorney. He explained everything to us clearly and in detail, and was very helpful. He answered our questions and helped us to understand the full implications of both. We are very satisfied with the results from our meeting with Mr Fuller.

Graham Fuller

Anon

 

The thought of making a will filled me with apprehension but after our first meeting with Christina Polychronakis all fears were dispelled. Christina was excellent. She explained everything very clearly. The process was done exactly as we wanted. I would defiantly recommend Christina and FBC Manby Bowdler.

Christina Polychronakis

Ms H

 

Excellent service. From the initial contact it was a pleasure to have Victoria dealing with this. Her patience and understanding installed a confidence in me that the right person was dealing with this matter. I would be very happy for Victoria to deal with any future requirements I may have.

Victoria Anderson

Mr Harding

 

Michelle Monnes-Thomas was an excellent ambassador for your company. She was very helpful in preparing my father’s new will, providing advice where requested and keeping us involved at all stages of the process.

Michelle Monnes-Thomas

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