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In addition to our international practice we provide the following services to our clients with interests in England & Wales:

Residential Conveyancing

Buying and selling your home or investment property can be a stressful time and it is essential to obtain legal advice to avoid problems which may only become apparent many years later. We offer a personal and friendly conveyancing service and will keep you informed throughout your transaction. We deal with both freehold and leasehold properties and can also assist if you need to extend the lease of your apartment or form a group to purchase the freehold interest in the building.

Commercial Property

Our commercial clients rely on us to provide them with detailed and reliable legal advice concerning their investments. We can advise on the full range of issues from the acquisition and development of sites to issues affecting commercial landlords, including the management of portfolios and resolution of disputes. Our longstanding clients are aware that it is essential to instruct lawyers at an early stage, as this may later prove to be crucial in determining the outcome of any dispute.

Landlord and Tenant

We act for both Landlords and Tenants and possess detailed knowledge of many of the residential developments in prime areas of central London. We can assist you if the terms of your lease require variation, which unfortunately is often only discovered during the course of the sale or purchase of the property.

Wills

Without a carefully prepared will you have no say in how your property and possessions will be distributed on your death. It is possible to write a will yourself but it is advisable that you use a legal professional to ensure that your will is legitimate and reflects your intentions. There may be also be more complex legal matters which a solicitor may need to advise you on. When preparing your will you will need to consider:-

  • Whom to appoint as your executors (the persons you would like to manage the administration of your estate).
  • Whom to appoint as guardian of any children under the age of 18.
  • The value of the property and possessions that make up your estate.
  • Whom you wish to benefit and to what extent.
  • Whether you wish to create any on-going trusts to safeguard vulnerable beneficiaries.

We can advise you of potential ways of legitimately reducing your liability with regard to inheritance tax. The preparation of a will safeguards you and your loved ones from the potential difficulties which can arise from dying 'intestate' (without a valid will) and often result in significant administration expenses being incurred We can assist you with the preparation of your will and have expertise in advising clients with overseas assets to ensure all aspects of their estate are included, where necessary liaising with overseas lawyers in the preparation of the necessary testamentary documents.

Estate Administration

We can guide you through the process of estate administration and advise you on the legal requirements, such as helping Executors to handle the deceased's assets, applying for probate and taxation matters. We can also offer advice on potential claims by relatives and dependants under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

Powers of Attorney

As part of responsible estate planning we recommend the preparation of a Lasting Power of Attorney ('LPA') to ensure that you are able to appoint your preferred attorney (be it a relative, friend or a solicitor) to take decisions in your place in the event that you lose the mental capacity to make decisions on your own behalf. There are two types of LPA. One deals with your finances, the effect of which is similar to the former Enduring Power of Attorney ('EPA'). The other allows you to specify your wishes in relation to your health and welfare. We can also assist with the registration of a previously executed Enduring Power of Attorney with the Court of Protection. If a person becomes mentally incapacitated and there is no LPA or EPA in place we can assist you with applications to the Court of Protection in order to deal with that person's property and financial affairs, as well as other matters relating to their welfare.