The private client team at W H Matthews & Co are able to help in all areas of Wills and Probate including:
- Will drafting, advice on ancillary issues such as potential claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependants) Act 1975 and Inheritance Tax
- Making a Lasting Power of Attorney over Property & Financial affairs and/or Health & Welfare
- Making an Advance Decision
- Making an Application to the Court of Protection
- Dealing with the Administration of an Estate or Administering various types of trusts
Our Private Client Team include affiliate members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), holders of the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation and member of Solicitors for the Elderly.
In the absence of a valid Will your assets will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy which may run counter to your wishes. The importance of a professionally drafted will cannot be understated. The Wills and Probate solicitors at W H Matthews & Co can provide advice and draft a will reflecting your individual situation.
Probate/Estate Administration and Trusts
Our Private Client Team understand that dealing with paperwork in the aftermath of a bereavement can be extremely difficult. Our team can assist by advising on the powers, duties and responsibilities of Executors, the information necessary to apply for a grant of Probate and the completion of the relevant Probate forms if required.
Where someone has died without a Will our team can advise on entitlement under the rules of intestacy and your powers, duties and responsibilities.
Our team can provide a complete service in terms of Estate Administration, from notifying third parties of the death, completion of the relevant probate papers, arranging house clearance and sale, collection in of the various assets and Estate distribution. W H Matthews & Co would be pleased to act as Executors and Trustees if requested.
Establishing a trust (during your lifetime or by will after your death) can be an effective Estate planning tool and can serve as a tax efficient vehicle for transferring a range of assets to future generations in line with your specific wishes. Our Private Client team can draft the appropriate Trust for your circumstances and provide advice on administration.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
A side effect of the dramatic increase in life expectancy over the last few decades is that more people suffer losing their mental capacity towards the end of their lives through diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia. The consequence is that they can also lose legal control over their own affairs. A Lasting Power of Attorney essentially allows you to plan for this possible scenario and appoint one or more Attorneys who will be able to make decisions on your behalf if required. There are two types of LPA, the first deals with Health and Welfare and the second with Property and Financial affairs. Our Private Client Team can provide advice and assistance in the creation and registration of a lasting Power of Attorney and, if required, an Advance Decision.
Court of Protection
In the absence of a valid Power of Attorney and in the event that someone loses mental capacity various applications may be required to the Court of Protection - for example:
- An application to appoint a Deputy
- An application to appoint a Trustee under Section 36 (9) or Section 54 of the Trustee Act 1925
- An application for a Statutory Will.
Our Private Client Team are experienced in dealing with these issues and can provide advice and assistance if any of these applications are required.
What our Clients say
Kathryn McCarthy treated us with kindness and care which was very much appreciated , she consulted and explained at every stage. You have two very satisfied clients here.
The overall service was efficient in every way and speedily concluded..... we were very impressed with the attitude of everyone with whom we came into contact
Everything was dealt with swiftly..... the most professional service at all times - nothing to improve on.
Kathryn was efficient, polite and supportive… She made the process easier in difficult circumstances. Thank you.
I received great service, all staff I spoke to were helpful and professional. I would happily recommend the Sutton branch
I am very happy with all aspects of the service I received, no improvements necessary.
Q - What could we do to improve the service you received from us? A - Satisfied for over 51 years . Trust this answers the question!
Q - What could we do to improve the service you received from us? A - This is the only question which I find difficult to answer as I can't think of anything which would have improved the service which you have given me!!
I'd like to really thank you very much indeed for all the work you've put in.... and especially for your being able to achieve the updates to my lease. I have now heard many horror stories from other residents regarding.... the managing agents, so I'm particularly please that you have been able to achieve the results you have when needing to deal with such a company..... thank you once again.
I realised that she is someone whom I could trust........ I was impressed......... in short words, in my opinion, Elaine is truly exceptional at her job.
Firstly a BIG thank you........You have been absolutely fantastic and I will certainly recommend/use you in the future if needed. Thank you again for making what is one of the most stressful things you can do in life made easy!
I'd like to very much thank you and your staff for all the hard work that you've put into my purchase of the flat. It's been a stressful process but made considerably easier thanks to your advice and guidance.
Thank you for all your help in organising everything so efficiently. I'm glad I chose WH Matthews!
Each time I mentioned that I was represented by W H Matthews & Co without fail the people I spoke with stated that the firm was by far and away the best firm for conveyancing.
Thank you to everyone involved for being so efficient and making the process so smooth. We really appreciate it.
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We just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your efforts in getting the exchange done so quickly. We appreciate the work that you have done to make this happen.
Extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with
Professional in every aspect
My family have always used W.H. Matthews & Co. and will continue to do so in the future
…I would never think of anyone else. I have been with you for many, many years. I have always been very grateful for your kindness and help
I do not think you could improve when you consider the years I have been with your Company, many, many thanks!
…a very efficient service from you all. I can’t think of anything that would improve your level of service
Good, helpful advice and guidance
…service from start to finish was excellent. I was kept informed of matters at all times
All staff are professional, have excellent knowledge in their field and very helpful
I was recommended your Firm and found you all to be pleasant, efficient and over-all dealt with things efficiently
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Everything was fine, my calls were always answered politely and explanations clear
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A much more personal service than I have received from other solicitors in the past
I have used WHM for both buying and selling many times – all with complete satisfaction
Most happy to use again
I thought you chaps were terrific
Excellent service as always!
Prompt and professional service. No problems encountered whatsoever
Critically, I got what I needed and the support to achieve it