Brumell & Sample Solicitors - Est. 1770

Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney


A Will is simply a legal document in which you appoint executors — relations, trusted friends or professional advisers — to distribute your estate to your chosen beneficiaries after your death. To be valid, certain formalities must be followed. Dying without a Will (intestate) may mean that your estate does not all go to your next of kin.

Inheritance Tax

The relentless rise in property prices means that more and more estates are liable to inheritance tax — charged at 40% of the excess above £325,000.

We have considerable experience of advising clients how to minimise the effects of this tax, not only through their Wills but also during their lifetime.

If you are concerned to pass off as much of your estate as possible to your family, please contact us to arrange an appointment to discuss it.

Living Wills

Increasingly clients are also making Living Wills giving instructions regarding medical treatment if they are no longer capable of making and communicating a decision about their treatment.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Unlike Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney take effect during your lifetime. You appoint a trusted person(s) (attorney) - a relative, close friend or professional adviser - to deal with your affairs in the event of you not being fit enough to do so yourself. We can deal with this for you.

Please see the fees page for information about our costs.