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Changes afoot for Inheritance Tax (IHT)

Despite Brexit and Coronavirus, the Government found time to review Inheritance Tax (IHT) and propose radical changes to it. IHT is seen as unfair, the total net wealth of private…

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Save up to £140K of Inheritance Tax with a correctly drafted Will

We recognise Inheritance Tax is often a subject no one wants to discuss, however it is vital you know what tax relief is available to you to ensure you pass…

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Mixed sex couple entered into a Civil Partnership? Make sure you are aware of the associated benefits.

The New Year 2020 saw the advent of mixed sex couples being able to register a civil partnership in England and Wales, which had previously only been allowed for same-sex…

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Kate Mansfield

Partner — Private Client

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  • “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.”

    Simon Bennett

  • “Kate was extremely knowledgeable, straightforward to deal with as well as sympathetic during what was a difficult time. I felt in good hands!”

    Elisabeth Bonelli

  • “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.”

    Francesca Remix

  • “Very efficient and welcoming. Understood my access requirements and my unique concerns thoroughly.”

    Hannah Fielding (wheelchair user)

  • “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.”

    Neville Osrin

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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Joe Spring

Joe joined Laceys Solicitors in 2018 from a well-respected local firm. Joe qualified as a solicitor in 2002 training and working in the Thames Valley until she moved to Dorset…

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Inheritance Tax Update – The Residence Nil Rate Band

From 6 April 2017 additional inheritance tax relief is being made available in the form of the residence nil rate band (RNRB).  The Personal Representatives of anybody who dies on…

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Lee Goodwin

Associate — Private Client

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  • “I was very impressed by the manner in which Lee and his secretary dealt with me during a difficult period following the loss of my mother.”

    Mrs Sandra Budd

  • “I was extremely happy with the level of service provided by Lee in relation to the preparation of my new Will, and I believe that Lee is everything that a good solicitor should be.”

    Mr Michael

Lee is an Associate Solicitor in our Private Client department and advises clients in relation to Will drafting, Administration of Estates, Trusts and Estate Planning, and Powers of Attorney.

Lee is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and he has been awarded Advanced Certificates in the Administration of Estates and in the Administration of Trusts.

Outside of work Lee’s interests include cricket, kayaking, natural history and photography.

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Dealing with Digital Assets upon Death

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Inheritance Tax – the importance of proper valuations.

Most of us are aware that the role of an Executor when appointed under a Will is to administer the estate of a deceased person, in other words, to collect…

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Deborah Pearce

Senior Associate — Private Client

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  • “Mrs Pearce helped me whilst going through my grief and explained everything in simple language and with sympathy and understanding.”

    Mrs Julie Teasdale

  • “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.”

    Lin Vaughan

  • “Mrs Pearce was always helpful, pleasant to deal with and professional.”

    Sharon Barnett

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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Natasha Cross

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…

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Kate Mansfield

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