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Wills, Trust and Power of Attorney

Planning a smarter future for you and those around you


Wills are very important because they control how the assets you leave behind when you die will be dealt with. The consequences of dying without a will can be serious, depending upon your marital status and the value of your estate. Writing a will is normally inexpensive and quick to prepare although a few may be complex and involve inheritance tax planning. At Nantes, we draft many wills and have the expertise to cover all situations.

I have used Nantes professionally and personally for near on 13 years. Highly recommended.

Inheritance Tax Planning

If your estate is over a certain value, it may be liable to inheritance tax. There are steps that can be taken to reduce the liability for the tax, and some of these can be quite simple and inexpensive to implement.

At Nantes we have extensive experience in tax planning and trusts. If you would like to discuss this with us, we will normally suggest an initial interview for an agreed fee, and during that interview we will give you the alternative strategies, and any likely future costs.

Power of Attorney & Deputyship

The phrase “You never know what is just around the corner” applies to each and every one of us, young and old alike. Illness, a serious accident or merely a gradual deterioration of our faculties may mean that we can no longer manage our personal affairs. A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) is a document that allows you (“the Donor”) to appoint someone or more than one person to act on your behalf should you require it immediately or sometime in the future.There are two different types of LPA. One enables the attorney to look after the Donor’s property and financial affairs. The other enables the attorney to make the decisions on behalf of the Donor in respect of the Donor’s health and welfare. Each document must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian before it can be used. The registration process can take a couple of months.

Should you not have a Property and Affairs LPA and are not capable of managing your financial affairs then somebody would have to make an application to the Court of Protection to be appointed your Deputy to act on your behalf. Applications for the appointment of Deputies are often made in a hurry because funds may be required to pay care home fees, to sell property or transfer money. This is a time consuming and expensive business and there is no guarantee that the Deputy appointed is one you would have chosen yourself.

The team at Nantes is highly experienced in all aspects of Powers of Attorney and Deputyship, and will handle the whole procedure sensitively and without using too much legal jargon. We can assist in both the initial application for the appointment of Deputies and advising Deputies once they have been appointed.


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    I have used Nantes professionally and personally for near on 13 years. Highly recommended.

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Nantes Solicitors is a leading law firm based in Dorset with a long established reputation for legal expertise and excellent customer care. The firm has been practising since the 1800s and our heritage has helped us to develop considerable business and local knowledge that can benefit our clients. We have offices in Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, and deal with most areas of legal work. Each of our departments is led by one of our Directors who brings significant experience and knowledge to your matter. We pride ourselves on being forward-thinking and for providing advice that is as straightforward as possible.

Our commitment to our clients is to provide a high quality, cost effective service that delivers the best outcome possible. We will listen to your objectives, help you to achieve them and we will resolve any problems that may arise along the way. To discuss your needs with no obligation please call one of our offices or email us.


The easiest way to contact us is to call during normal office hours which are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday.
Appointments outside of office hours (or at your home if you cannot get in to see us) are available by arrangement.

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