The increase in Probate Court fees which would have seen the fee for applications for Probate for some estates rise to £20,000 from £155 has been shelved as a result of the imminent election. The rise had anyway been severely criticised by the parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, describing the increase (which many considered…
Few firms of lawyers act for more landed estates in England and Wales than Hunters – and we increasingly act for families with more far flung landed interests – in Scotland, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA and further afield.
Advising well on landed estates is a specialist skill, needing a clear understanding of your priorities, the difficulties you face, and how to make the best of what you have.
Principally, we are lawyers, and the subject requires a broad range of legal expertise – in estate, trust and tax planning; in property and agricultural law; in employment law; in development and planning; in heritage law and management; in dispute resolution; in varying business structures.
There is also a constant need to manage a wide range of personal and professional relationships with sensitivity and care. It is rare for such work to be on a ‘one-off’ basis, and we have been retained by most of our clients over successive generations, not least because management of their assets requires continuity and consistency of approach coupled with perceptive long-term thinking.
We are one of the leading providers of legal advice in this sector, ranking second in the Legal 500 2013 and recommended in Chambers 2014.
The Landed Estate practice is an important core activity of the firm and most of the firm’s fee-earners are involved in advising on an aspect of the affairs of our landed estate clients. We pride ourselves on the continuity of our service, so that successive generations of our clients can look to us with confidence to help resolve the variety of problems that arise throughout their lives.