How do I find a lost Will?
A Will is crucial in making sure that an estate passes to the right people after someone dies. But sometimes it can be hard...
When someone dies the task of dealing with the administration of their Estate can often be daunting for those left behind. The prospect of completing paperwork, dealing with financial institutions, liaising with the Inland Revenue can seem like a minefield.
We can act as or advise the executors of an Estate (or the administrators where there is no Will) offering the whole service from start to finish or alternatively dealing with only certain aspects, such as obtaining the Grant of Probate (which may not always be required). We can do as much or as little as is required and fully appreciate that patience and sensitivity is essential.
If there is no Will there will be an intestacy and we are able to guide clients through the process of establishing who will be entitled to the Estate, tracing beneficiaries where necessary.
We have a wealth of experience in dealing with the taxation aspects of the administration and will advise on all available reliefs, and discuss post death planning (deeds of variation) which may be appropriate for both tax planning and practical purposes. We are also used to dealing with the foreign aspects of an Estate and guide clients through the differing tax and succession laws of foreign jurisdictions.
If there is a Will it can sometimes contain a trust and Laceys are able to advise on the practical and taxation implications as well as assist with the constitution of the trust and its ongoing administration.
If you would like information on our fees for probate matters please download the fact sheet below, or alternatively please contact one of the team below to see how we can help.
Laceys are recognised in the Legal 500, an independent guide to leading law firms in the UK for their expertise in Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate.
“I wanted to thank you for all your patient help and the many meetings surrounding the creation of Dr. Jane Goodall's Will and Powers of Attorney. Given the many pressures, on her schedule, the Covid shutdowns and many other influences I know that this has been a prolonged process. However your personal attention to all aspects of this and your patience in chasing us for information etc. have made this a truly pleasurable experience.”
“Everything was professional and informative.”
“Matthew handled the writing of a will and setting up a lasting power of attorney in a very professional manner with good communication by post, phone and face to face.”
“Excellent service clearly explained. ”
“Extremely professional service from Matt Crampton. His knowledge and experience, in collaboration with partners, was invaluable and saved the beneficiaries to the will a significant sum of money, in both inheritance tax and substantial care home fees. I would without hesitation recommend Matt and the services of Laceys Solicitors.”
“Matthew Crampton's communication skills were excellent from the beginning. He ascertained the requirement and prompted me in the execution of that requirement, as a consequence it was achieved in a timely and cost efficient manner.”
Matthew is an Associate in Laceys Private Client team. His main areas of expertise include wills, lasting powers of attorney and administration of estates. Matthew has been working in this area of law since he qualified and has assisted a large number of clients.
Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2012. He completed his Law Degree at the University of Sussex and the Legal Practice Course at Bournemouth University. Matthew completed his training contract at Morris Scott and Co. (now Kiteleys Solicitors) and also worked at Aldridge Brownlee Solicitors LLP before joining Laceys in September 2017.
Matthew prides himself on his approachable nature and enjoys assisting and supporting clients experiencing difficult circumstances following the death of a loved one.
Out of the office, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He is a big AFC Bournemouth fan having held a season ticket at Dean Court for many seasons.
“Laceys acted on behalf of my late uncle in what proved to be a quite complex administration of his estate. Matters that required resolving included the management of the realisation of this estate - which was made significantly more difficult due to certain assets being held outside of the British jurisdiction. Natasha Cross dealt with this estate in a very professional and timely manner and helped me out enormously in the discharge of my responsibilities of both executor and trustee whilst doing so.”
“I found Natasha Cross very patient and always helpful to me and my family in what has been a very difficult time for us all over the last eighteen months. ”
“I found the whole experience with Natasha Cross very professional and she explained everything in a way I could understand. She is an asset to Laceys and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for any legal work.”
“Natasha has always explained things clearly so that I understood the process and reasons behind what she was saying. I would highly recommend her to friends and family should they need any work doing.”
“It was an awful time for us as a family made so much harder by being abroad and such a long long way from home. Natasha and the team at Laceys were truly amazing. They took such great care to cover everything thoroughly and helped us through each step of what is a complicated journey. My fathers estate was not so difficult to understand but still, to have great expert advice and wise guidance through the process was very much appreciated. My wife and I will always be extremely grateful to Natasha and the Laceys team for their professionalism, support and kindness.”
“Natasha helped take all the pressure off me at a time when I was acting as an Executor of my friend’s Estate and at the same time dealing with my wife’s illness and subsequent death.”
Natasha is the Partner in charge of our Parkstone Branch and specialises in Wills and Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Natasha joined Laceys in 1999 as a Trainee Solicitor and qualified in 2001, she has been working in her specialised area since her second year as a Trainee and has therefore acquired a very in depth knowledge of this area. Natasha has a Law degree from the University of Hertfordshire and her route to qualify as a Solicitor was through the Legal Practice course which she did locally at Bournemouth University. In addition to this she has completed several professional development courses in her field.
Before starting at Laceys, Natasha worked in the Legal department at Bournemouth Borough Council and prior to that gained experience in dealing with elderly client matters having been a financial officer for the Council, dealing with financial applications for residential care and during her holidays whilst studying Law at university she was a care assistant in care homes and also a home help in the community.
One of her specialisms is making use of Trusts in Wills for couples to shelter assets from residential care fees or to ensure that children from a first marriage are guaranteed to inherit from their parents Estate should mum or dad die and want to benefit their new spouse under the terms of their Will.
Away from work Natasha enjoys taking her wheaten terrier Ruby on long walks by the sea and spending time with friends and family.
“We have had the pleasure of Kate’s sensitive and unwavering professional support for a number of years. She has always been able to combine her deep expertise, with practical context and a tone of voice that gently escorts you through, often difficult decisions. We could not recommend Kate highly enough, both professionally and personally.”
“Kate was extremely knowledgeable, straightforward to deal with as well as sympathetic during what was a difficult time. I felt in good hands!”
“We were treated with respect and felt our wishes were taken in consideration. The patience shown in helping us understand the implications of decisions was outstanding.”
“Very efficient and welcoming. Understood my access requirements and my unique concerns thoroughly.”
“Mrs Mansfield has been exemplary in every respect. She is an excellent listener and has the ability to explain complex issues patiently and emphatically. We are fortunate in having her as our legal adviser.”
“Professional, always available for a phone enquiry. Always informed me as thing's progressed. Excellent company with very pleasant and helpful front of house. My sincere thanks.”
“Kate took the trouble to understand the particularities affecting my Will and found sensible ways of dealing with them.”
Kate is head of our Private Client Team and has 25 years’ experience in private client work, specialising in wills, tax planning and estate administration. Kate has worked in this area since she qualified and has assisted thousands of families and individuals.
Kate qualified as a solicitor in 1995 after obtaining a 2.1 in Law from the University of Kent. She completed her training contract with Laceys and became a partner in 2002.
Kate is a full member of the Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners (STEP) and sat on the STEP committee for 6 years. She has also taught on the Legal Executives course at Bournemouth & Poole College.
Kate enjoys the personal side of the work and the satisfaction of assisting the bereaved and families with complex affairs, whether it be complex financial aspects or those where a diplomatic hand is required. She prides herself on being able to explain the legal position in plain English.
Out of the office she enjoys keeping fit. She enjoys going to the gym and getting out into the Dorset countryside on her road bike. Cooking, particularly baking, is also a passion.
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“I was very happy with Beverley Randall and if it was out of 10, I would mark 20!”
“Very helpful, understanding, kind, nothing to much trouble. Have told friends how good everyone is!”
“We felt totally relaxed from beginning to end and were very happy with the way Beverley dealt with our business and would definitely return if necessary.”
Beverley is part of Laceys Private Client team, specialising in will preparation, lasting powers of attorney and administration of estates for probate.
Beverley enjoys the personal aspect of her work, helping people overcome bereavement and making the best out of often difficult, emotional circumstances. She deals with clients from all walks of life, and remains down to earth at all times, removing the legal jargon so clients understand their situations.
Having recently had a baby, Beverley has very little spare time, but she is still a fan of F1 Racing and retains her love of shopping, films and holidays in the sun!
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“I have used Laceys many times and this is the second time Jeanette has been the main contact. I can honestly say I always feel I am dealing with people who care about me and have my best interests at heart and all for a fair price.”
“Laceys were my first choice when my father was diagnosed with dementia and could no longer cope with personal and financial affairs. They clearly explained the options open to me and then outlined the process, timeline, and financial costs associated with the application for deputyship. During the process there were regular updates on progress and advice on the wording of answers to some questions on the court application forms that would ensure clear and unambiguous statements. With their help the whole process was completed in a shorter time than expected and I deeply appreciate all the help and assistance I received during this difficult time. My special thanks to Jeanette Gallacher who was my paralegal on the court proceeding and successful application. ”
Jeanette began her career with Laceys after she left school and has worked over the years in various departments obtaining valuable experience. Since 2005 she has settled in our Private Client as a paralegal specialising in making applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of Deputies to look after the financial affairs of clients who are no longer mentally able to do so themselves. She also manages client affairs under Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Away from work Jeanette loves long walks and enjoys travelling to France in her husband’s classic car.
“Mrs Pearce helped me whilst going through my grief and explained everything in simple language and with sympathy and understanding.”
“Making a Will was not on the top of my "to do" list as I found the thought of it fairly daunting. But when I eventually contacted Laceys Solicitors the whole process from beginning to end was so easy. I felt totally supported by Deborah Pearce and was grateful for her professionalism, kindness and efficiency. The whole atmosphere at Laceys is very caring, friendly and comfortable. I highly recommend them.”
“Mrs Pearce was always helpful, pleasant to deal with and professional.”
Deborah is a Chartered Legal Executive who has worked in the Private Client department at Laceys for over 18 years.
Deborahs journey to Laceys started in 1985 when she qualified as a FILEX. She then undertook her Associateship in Taunton and completed her Fellowship in Poole. Aside from a couple of years in Gibraltar, Deborah then gained valuable experience working for various local firms in their private client departments before joining Laceys in 2000.
She specialises in all areas of private client work, wills, powers of attorney, tax planning, Court of Protection, administration of estates, NHS Continuing Care, welfare benefits and all issues related to the elderly and infirm. She finds this area of law quite holistic – it is not just a matter of applying rules and regulations but organising a client’s affairs in such a way that they are made easier and clearer during what can be a very emotional and upsetting time. Her work requires a very good and patient listening ear, bedside manner and sometimes a sense of humour but still achieving the client’s objectives on time.
When time permits she enjoys reading, cooking and relaxing by the Christchurch River but only when the sun shines! Travelling is a great hobby but there is never enough time to visit all. She has four stepchildren, four grandchildren plus a nephew and niece who help keep her busy at home!
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