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A few years ago, a young man called Sam moved into a block of flats near Maidenhead. He started to notice an 85-year-old woman called Dorothy who lived in the flat across the hall. Curious to hear Dorothy’s life stories, Sam began stopping by to see her regularly. Sam quickly discovered that Dorothy had no…

Rebecca is a trainee solicitor in our Private Client department, which she initially joined as an assistant in May 2019 and then progressed on to trainee solicitor in January 2020.  Originally from the North of England, Rebecca studied at both the University of Lincoln and the University of Sheffield ; where she gained a Master’s…

Nicholas Buckle (Nick) joined Barrett & Co as a Trainee Solicitor in January 2018 before qualifying into the contentious probate team in January 2020. Nick works on a broad range of contentious probate matters including claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, probate claims and disputes involving personal representatives.  Nick previously…

This article is the second in a two-part series exploring the roles and responsibilities of a personal representative (“PR”).  There are 6 main duties which are being considered. This article will summarise duties 4-6. The first 3 can be found in Part 1 of the series. Duty 4: Duty to Provide Inventory and Account As…

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…

Our Partner, 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…

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…

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