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Wills & Probate

Our Wills and Probate Solicitors in Basingstoke offer support and legal advice for families across Hampshire, Surrey and the South East.  We understand how to protect you, your assets and your family as you move into older age.

Why not contact our Wills and Probate Solicitors today to discuss your requirement?

*Latest News*

Plans to raise probate fees have been scrapped for the time being.

The fees were set to dramatically increase in May, but this has been stopped due to the impending General Election.

Important changes to Inheritance Tax Relief

A new allowance that aims to protect the family home from Inheritance Tax (IHT) came into effect on April 6.

The Main Residence Nil Rate Band (MRNRB) will be available against the value of a deceased’s property where it is left to their descendants.

This allowance will be in addition to an individual’s own nil-rate band, which is currently £325,000. 

The new band is being introduced at £100,000 and will increase by £25,000 a year until it reaches £175,000 by 2020.

This means that for married couples and civil partners there is a possible £1 million relief on IHT from April 2020.

Lasting Power of Attorney Fees Reduced 

For those looking to set up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), there is good news as from April 1, fees have been reduced.

The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the changes where the fee for an application to register an enduring, or a Lasting Power of Attorney falls from £110 to £82.

There is further good news as the fee for a repeat application to register a LPA is being reduced from £55 to £41.

Overview

We can never be sure what the future holds but we can each take steps to anticipate and manage life's changes.

At Phillips we have been helping individual clients to manage their family affairs and advising them on all aspects of Wills, trusts and related matters for many years. Our clients come from all walks of life and each has the personal attention of one of our private client team - someone who will give them expert advice, no matter how sensitive the problem may be.

Clients often ask what they should bring to their first meeting with us. We want to reassure you that the most important thing is to bring yourselves and not to worry.  However, we do need to gather quite a lot of information about your case and so it can be helpful if you come armed with some essential information - then we can make sure that the time we spend together is most productive for you.

Click here to see what sort of information you'll need to bring to our first meeting.

Call or email one of our Wills and Probate solicitors to find out more:

If you need advice on wills, inheritance or probate why not contact one of our Wills team in Basingstoke:

  • Caroline Wallis             01256 854637           
  • Sian Lias                      01256 854618