Probate Solicitors Bideford

Our team of experienced probate solicitors in Bideford are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, meaning that when it comes to expert legal advice on wills, asset protection and succession planning, they’re ready to support you and your family, both now and in the future.

Our experience

Our team of probate solicitors in Bideford offer decades of experience and specialist knowledge to support families.

Our team are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), and are members of the Probate Section of the Law Society and Solicitors for the Elderly. Additionally, some members of the department are ‘Dementia Friends’.

Together, our team of probate solicitors in Bideford have the legal and taxation knowledge to provide a full range of services, including will writing, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and deeds of variation.

And if a dispute arises, we can rely on support from our specialist contentious probate department.

Planning for future generations

We can assist you in managing a swift transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. We provide innovative solutions to estate planning that are tailored to your needs and fully tax efficient.

Protecting your children’s inheritance

We are frequently advising parents on how to protect your children’s inheritance. The common mistake people make is overlooking the limitations of a simple will. They fail to appreciate that re-marriage, the Inheritance Act, the intestacy rules and other legal provisions can alter your testamentary plans. Our experts can work with you to ensure that your children’s inheritance is protected.

Practical, cost effective advice

The Slee Blackwell team of probate solicitors in Bideford offer straight-talking, jargon-free, cost-effective guidance that combines a practical approach to the law with sensitivity and care. We’re also open and transparent in relation to the fees that we charge. Details of the pricing structure of our probate services can be found here. For a detailed estimate of fees in relation to any of our services, please just send us an email, or give us a call.

Areas of Specialism:

Preparing for one’s death is challenging, but we owe it to our loved ones to put our affairs in order by making a will and keeping it up to date. This means that we can make financial provision for the people and good causes we care about, it can also safeguard vulnerable beneficiaries, preserve assets from being exhausted by Care Home fees and, above all, with careful planning, reduce the impact of Inheritance Tax. It also allows means that you can protect your children’s inheritance from the consequences of re-marriage.
Our team of probate solicitors in Bideford provide a full range of estate administration services that include: obtaining a Grant of Representation, dealing with the deceased’s tax affairs (Inheritance Tax, Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax) realising the assets, settling debts and distributing the estate. We can also support you through the tax saving process by varying the Will. Or, if the estate includes a farm or business which needs to be sold or wound up, we can work alongside the agricultural and commercial law teams at Slee Blackwell to ensure that the transaction proceeds as smoothly and swiftly as possible.
When it comes to the creation and registration of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), our probate solicitors in Bideford offer the knowledge and experience to support you. An LPA is a legal document which delegates the power to manage your financial affairs to an “attorney” if you lose the capacity to manage your own affairs. Having an LPA not only makes financial sense, but offers that peace of mind.
We are highly experienced when it comes to dealing with the Court of Protection; whether it’s the registration of a Lasting Power of Attorney, or making an application for Deputyship. The combination of our caring approach and specialist expertise in the provision of legal services for the elderly will give you peace of mind.
Inheritance disputes are becoming more common these days, and we can guide you through the best steps to take to avoid a dispute arising. Our specialist contentious probate department can also deal with any claim under the Inheritance Act or a challenge to the validity of a will.

Work with our team:

Vanessa Swales
Vanessa Swales is a solicitor and partner in Braunton who has been with the firm since 1993. She specialises in all aspects of private client law.
Vanessa Swales
Vanessa Swales is a solicitor and partner in Braunton who has been with the firm since 1993. She specialises in all aspects of private client law.