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Wills, Probate & Tax 

Making a will is a simple process and is essential both to ensure that your property and possessions are dealt with in accordance with your wishes and to minimise any inheritance tax liability. 
 
At Bates Wells & Braithwaite we can advise on all matters which need to be considered when preparing a will or discretionary trust, including clear and concise advice on all tax planning issues, care of the elderly, making gifts, appointment of guardians for your children and executors to carry out your wishes. 
 
Dealing with the estate of a friend or relative who has died can be emotional, stressful and time consuming. We can take care of all the administration of estates from start to finish, from notifying everyone necessary to obtaining the Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration if there was no will), through to distribution of the assets of the estate. 
 
 
More families now find that, with steadily-increasing house prices and higher family incomes, Inheritance Tax has to be paid when you die. We can advise on ways to minimise any tax liability on death by way of trusts and other appropriate schemes. 
 
Care of the elderly and help for those who cannot manage their own affairs is an area of increasing relevance for all of us. ‘Our specialist team advise on issues relating to care for the elderly and Powers of Attorney’ 
 
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