Help and guidance.
We have a specialist department dedicated to the preparation of Wills and the administration of trusts and estates.
Wills and Probate
When advising a client with regards to making a Will or preparing a document to give effect to the client’s wishes, we can also provide advice on the broader taxation and other implications. Taxation can have a very significant impact on the value of the estate which eventually passes to the beneficiaries. Often this results in the client making various arrangements during their lifetime to reduce the tax burden on the estate.
Trusts and Estates
We deal with the administration of trusts and estates and our knowledge and expertise in this area enables them to be managed to the best advantage of the beneficiaries. Also many clients are unaware of the possibility of varying the provisions in Wills within two years from the date of the death and this can result in significant tax savings for the family.
Power of Attorney and Inheritance
We are frequently consulted by clients in connection with the creation of Powers of Attorney and have a broad experience of dealing with Court of Protection applications, which become necessary in instances where clients or their relatives are no longer able to administer their own affairs.
We have also developed an expertise in dealing with claims against estates by disappointed relatives and can advise fully on the implications of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act.
Ann Coutts Profile
Ann qualified as a solicitor in 2004. Having re-located from Kent she has joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP to be Head of the Wills and Probate Team. She is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, STEP and the Probate Section of the Law
Ann specialises in the administration of estates, the creation of wills and trusts, having passed the STEP advanced certificate in Will Writing, related taxation and inheritance tax planning, powers of attorney, Court of Protection matters and elderly client issues.
Nick Gadsby’s Profile
Nick joined the Firm in 1957 and has been an integral part of its development since then, including 25 years as Senior Partner. Nick is now in a consultancy role advising on a wide variety of clients in private and commercial matters.
Phillip Bazley’s Profile
Phillip is a solicitor, specialising in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Power of Attorneys and Inheritance Tax Planning.
Phillip grew up in Essex and graduated with a History Degree from the University of York, before studying for post graduate diplomas in Law and Legal Practice at the College of Law, York. He trained as a solicitor in Norwich, qualifying in 2001. After taking a short break in 2005 to travel the world, Phillip became a partner in a small Norwich firm of solicitors in 2006, where he worked until 2013. For several years Phillip acted as director and company secretary to a charity that provides day care centers for people who have suffered an acquired brain injury. He is also currently a director of his family’s property investment and development company as well as being a private client solicitor.
Outside of work, Phillip has successfully completed several marathons (often for charity). These include the London, Paris , Edinburgh, North Norfolk, Wales and Cologne marathons as well as the 100km Thames Path Challenge ultramarathon. In May 2014 Phillip participated in the London-Cardiff 24 relay race from Twickenham Stadium in London to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, an event rated by the Telegraph as one of the top 10 endurance events of 2014.
Chantal Percival’s Profile
Chantal studied her Law degree at the University of Leicester and the University of Florence in Italy before completing her Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School in London. She qualified as a solicitor and joined Foskett Marr Gadsby & Head LLP in 2014.
She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Private Client Section of the Law Society.
Chantal specialises in the creation of wills and trusts, related taxation and inheritance tax planning, the administration of estates, powers of attorney, Court of Protection matters and elderly client issues.
In her spare time she enjoys travelling, skiing and the gym.