Charlotte is one of our Solicitors in the ever-expanding Private Client Team. She joined the firm in 2013, where she started as a legal support assistant before progressing to trainee solicitor and then solicitor. She is heavily involved in the marketing of the firm and took on the role of Marketing Manager at the beginning…

Jane is Head of Trusts & Charities at Barrett & Co and is also President of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Law Society for 2019-2021. In this article, she describes both her work and the things that get her up in the morning. I qualified as a solicitor in 2000, when Tony Blair was the…

Megan (affectionately known as Megs) is a senior legal support assistant and assists the private client team and the firm at large.  Megan is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and in 1992 she embarked on a ‘working holiday’ to the UK, where she met her English husband and they then both travelled and worked in the…

As we continue through these uncertain times many people have started to think about their future and getting their affairs in order, so much so that new instructions for Wills have apparently risen by 30%! However, Coronavirus places some obstacles in the process of completing a new will.  The Will Act 1837 states that in…

You may be acting as the Executor of a deceased person’s Will, in which case you will be responsible for winding up the deceased’s estate and carrying out the terms of their Will. If the estate includes a property, then it will be your responsibility to sell the property unless the beneficiaries under the Will…

This article deals with those who act in a representative capacity for a house owner, as their attorney or deputy. Selling under a Power of Attorney It is important to be aware of the extent of your powers, which will be defined by the type of Power of Attorney you have, and any specific directions…

We are often asked by clients “do I need a Will?” or “does my (loved one) need a Will?” and when answering this question there are several factors to consider. It is also important not simply to see a Will as something you might need but, in fact, something you might want! Firstly, it is…

We are pleased to welcome Rebecca Rai as our new Trainee Solicitor. Rebecca is currently working in our Private Client department where she assists Hilary Buckle, Jane Whitfield, Charlotte Fox and Vanessa Ruparel in a variety of different matters including Wills, Powers of Attorney and the administration of estate. Prior to starting her training contract…

If you are widowed and your spouse/civil partner was an ISA saver then did you know that you benefit from the right to retain their ISA wrapper? Under the previous system, when someone died, any savings held in an ISA automatically lost their tax-free status, and the tax benefits were lost forever. This meant that…

As a Private Client Solicitor, I am often asked by clients, usually within a Will meeting, “what is Probate?” Probate is defined as a judicial process whereby a Will is proved through the Courts; this, as one might expect, is not an overly helpful or clear explanation to give to clients! Generally speaking, Probate is…

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