Lasting powers of attorney and statutory wills help protect your interests in the future. Make the right decisions now with our help.

When coping with day-to-day life and making business decisions becomes difficult for you, Pitmans is here to provide independent advice on the legal and financial arrangements that can be made to protect your interests. Well-meaning family and friends may offer conflicting solutions, and we can help you decide what's best. This typically includes Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Wills, as well as Inheritance Tax (IHT) planning. It could also include reviewing financial advice from others, organising the sale of your house, and recommending reliable financial advisers if you do not have one. In some cases an Attorney will already be acting, and we can advise on their legal position if difficult decisions have to be made, or family members are disputing your actions. We can also help you apply to the Court if a "Statutory Will" and/or IHT planning are needed.

Who Do Pitmans’ Personal Estate Administration Lawyers Work For?

We act for individuals who are interested in making Powers of Attorney and Wills, or perhaps selling their houses to pay for care, and undertaking Inheritance Tax planning. We may also act for existing Attorneys of individuals who have lost mental capacity. We might be asked to act for family members in dispute over the actions of an Attorney.

Do Pitmans’ Personal Estate Administration Lawyers Have Any Particular Areas of Expertise?

Pitmans has been established in Berkshire for over 150 years, and looking after private clients has always been at the heart of our practice. Our Reading Personal Estate Administration team is headed by Sheilagh Magee, a member of Solicitors for the Elderly. Her experience covers the making of LPAs and Wills for a wide variety of families, with IHT planning to suit simple and complex assets. Nowadays that can often include assets in other countries, whether a holiday home or financial deposits or investments. In more complex cases where mental capacity has already declined, Sheilagh has advised families on applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of a Deputy. Where family conflict has arisen our specialist Dispute Resolution team can intervene, headed by our Solicitor Advocate, William Richmond-Coggan, who has considerable experience of litigating in the High Court and at Court of Appeal level.

Our areas of expertise in Personal Estate Administration include:

  • Elderly care and powers of attorney
  • Court of protection and deputyships
  • Probate and post death tax planning
  • Trust administration
  • Trust and probate disputes

Why Choose Pitmans’ Personal Estate Administration Lawyers?

Our aim is to give you the confidence to make decisions that can often be very difficult, and achieve peace of mind from knowing you have done the best you can to "get your affairs in order".

We think what sets us apart is our patience and attention to detail. We will always take things at your pace, and make sure you fully understand the consequences of the decisions you have to make. It is so important that you fully understand what is involved when we take you through the process of making LPAs and Wills, or reviewing your financial arrangements.

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David Archer

Senior Partner

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David Ainslie

Head of Trusts & Estates

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Andrew R.E.T. Murray


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Helen Clarke


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Sheilagh Magee


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William Richmond-Coggan


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Michelle Jenkins-Powell


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Alexander Morgan

Senior Associate

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