Protect your money when buying and selling.

Conveyancing fraud and payment diversion. If you are buying or selling your home please pay attention to this flyer.

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PROBATE

Executing a will

Are you administrator or executor of a will? It’s not easy dealing with your grief over a loved one, making funeral arrangements and starting the administrative duties of an executor all at the same time. Sussex Law solicitors can help.

Call us now for wills and probate support

Sussex Law have experts in wills and probate ready to help you. Contact us online today or call us on freephone 01273561312 to speak to Sally or Linda

Wills, trusts, tax and probate solicitors

How to execute a will

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CAREERS

Residential Conveyancing Solicitor

Are you a solicitor 3 years+ PQE? Are you looking to work towards becoming a partner in a progressive firm whilst providing outstanding and proactive client service?

We have a rare and fantastic opportunity for an experienced, qualified Residential Conveyancing Solicitor to join our residential conveyancing team here at Sussex Law

About Us:

We are a well-established local firm possessing the Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

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Wills and LPA’s assistance during Coronavirus lockdown.

To view our Covid 19 Policy click here http://sussexlawsolicitors.com/?p=475

Wills

Writing a will is something you should do at any time, however, the Coronavirus outbreak has served to concentrate minds with regards to this important issue.

Approximately 70% of us die intestate, that is, without a will. Even if you have a will, it is important to update it after a major life event such as buying a home, getting married or getting divorced.
Having an up to date will gives you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out and your loved ones will be looked after financially. If you die intestate, in many cases your property will not necessarily pass to the people you would have chosen. Your next of kin under the rules of intestacy
will inherit, just because they are nearest to you, even though they may not be your “dearest”.


A will allows you to decide on how you leave your property on death rather than having this determined by the intestacy rules.
● A will is a flexible instrument, which permits the person making it to make more varied and complex provision than is offered under the intestacy rules.
● You may select your own Executors and Trustees.
● You can incorporate additional powers for your Executors and Trustees
which will facilitate the administration of your estate.
● You may appoint a Guardian for your minor children.
● There may be tax advantages resulting from a carefully drafted will where tax planning through wills is considered in conjunction with wider lifetime tax and financial planning.
● If you are at all concerned about the terms of your current will or the fact that you do not have a will or lasting power of attorney in place, please do get in touch and we can talk you through the next steps.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

Lasting powers of attorney are legal documents registered with the Court of Protection enabling you to appoint representatives to act on your behalf. These documents ensure that decision making rests with those you trust if you are no longer able to make important decisions yourself. By making a lasting power of attorney, you are able to appoint nominated persons to act on your behalf, should the need arise. You may limit the power to suit your particular circumstances.

There are two different types of lasting power of attorney. One covers property and financial decisions (property and finance) and the other covers decisions about your well being (health and welfare). You are able to make just one or both and you can always make another if needed. Lasting powers of attorney and wills are more often that not regarded as one of life’s administration tasks which can often come at the bottom of the list of those things that we need to do. The current pandemic has brought the need to prioritise this task into “sharp focus”.

We have seen an increase in the number of people getting in contact to write a will or update an existing will.

During the Coronavirus outbreak, there are difficulties to overcome as this area of law is one which usually relies upon face to face meetings between legal advisors and clients. It is also important to have the will legally witnessed.

This may not be easy if you are self-isolating or observing social distancing rules. Wills must be signed by two independent witnesses who are not your beneficiaries or the spouses of your beneficiaries.
Given most of us are restricted to contact with those in our household, this can create some difficulty.
Sussex Law are committed to doing whatever we can to help you in this difficult time.

Our solution has been to take instructions from clients over the telephone or by Skype and then, to act as your witnesses, at your door or through your window observing social distancing measures at all times.
Further precautions include using your own pen, wearing gloves, and conducting the process quickly and washing hands and sanitising.

If you are concerned to get your affairs in order but you are unable or worried about leaving your home, we will do our utmost to help.

Reasons For Making a Will

Please contact our private client manager Sally Taylor or Linda Tomsett if you wish to discuss your Will or LPA’s and find out how we can help you.

Have peace of mind • Protect your assets
Please contact our helpful and friendly
team for more information on 01273 561312

info@sussexlawsolicitors.co.uk

WILLS

Single Basic Will: £200+ VAT
Joint Basic Will: £350+ VAT
Living Will: £200+ VAT
Trust Wills: starting at £400+ VAT

LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY

For a single person
Health & welfare only: £275+ VAT
Property & Financial Affairs only: £275+ VAT
Both Types of LPA: £500+ VAT

PROBATE

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The task of administering the Estate of a loved one can seem insurmountable, especially at a time when you may still be coming to terms with your loss. The procedures can be quite complex and there are a number of duties and responsibilities of an Executor you should be aware of.

If you have been appointed as an Executor we can provide assistance with as much or as little of the administration of the Estate as you feel you may require.

If you have acted as an Executor before you may be familiar with the Probate process and simply require assistance in completing the relevant tax returns to be submitted to Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. Alternatively, you may be able to provide us with the majority of information in connection with the assets and simply require us to obtain the Grant of Probate on your behalf. We can also deal with the administration of an Estate from start to finish if you so wish.

Our charges will be discussed from the outset and if the Estate is not complex we can sometimes agree a fixed fee. We also offer a fixed fee if you only require assistance in obtaining the Grant.

Please contact our Probate Manager, Sally Taylor, if you wish to discuss the administration of an Estate and find out how we can help you.

PROBATE FAQs

What is Probate?
The validation of the Will by the Probate Registry  confirms the appointment of Executors.  The Probate Registry keeps the original Will and issues a sealed copy attached to the Grant of Probate (often called “the Probate”).  It is this document which proves the rights of the Executors to deal with the deceased’s estate.

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Probate and Estate Administration

What is Probate

Probate (or administration if the person died without a Will) is the process of obtaining the legal right to manage a deceased person’s estate. The executor must apply for a Grant of Probate, a legal document giving them the authority to deal with the deceased’s finances, assets and possessions. The probate process ends once the estate has been identified, all taxes and debts have been paid, and the inheritance has been distributed.

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Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT)

Stamp Duty Land Tax changes from October 2021

26 August 2021

Stamp duty rates are due to return to the levels which were in place prior to 8th July, 2020 as from the 1st October 2021.  

We advise all our clients purchasing residential property in England and Wales to budget for paying Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) at the standard rates, in the event that a purchase does not complete on or before 30th September 2021.  We are unable to accept responsibility for any SDLT which may be due in respect of your property purchase in the event that completion takes place after this date. 

You can check the rates using the HMRC website https://www.gov.uk/stamp-duty-land-tax 

As you will be aware the partial Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday is due to end in on 30 September 2021.

Between 1 July 2021 and 30 September 2021, the SDLT threshold will be £250,000. 

From 1 October 2021 the rates will return to the pre-holiday rates.

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Our Cost Transparency

Our rate card for conveyancing, wills, probate and LPA’s is available on request.

Our rates are also available to view in these blog pages under the heading of interest you can use our search box to the right of the page.

The conveyancing rate card below is displayed as a general guide as each matter differs in complexity. Sussex Law are proud to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS), the most important benchmark of quality for residential conveyancing.

RATE CARD CONVEYANCING2020/2021   
PRICE RANGE£0 – £250000£250000-£500000£500000-£1M£1M PLUS
     
SALE  FREEHOLD£895.00£950.00£1,000.00£1,200.00
PURCHASE  FREEHOLD£895.00£995.00£1,100.00£1,300.00
SALE  LEASEHOLD£1,100.00£1,100.00£1,200.00£1,500.00
PURCHASE  LEASEHOLD£1,100.00£1,200.00£1,200.00£1,500.00
HTB ISA’S ADD £250 + VAT    

Please call us on 01273 561312 or email info@sussexlawsolicitors.co.uk

For conveyancing quotes ask for Jane Cole

For wills, probate or LPA’s please ask for Sally Taylor or Linda Tomsett

Making a Will

 

Who should make a Will?

If you want to make sure your wishes are followed on your death, you should make a Will. If you die without one, the rules of intestacy will decide; who looks after your children, who inherits your assets, and who administers your estate. This may mean (more…)

Sussex Law Best Rated Property Lawyers in Brighton

We are proud to be rated Top 3 Property Solicitors for the city of Brighton.

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ThreeBestRated’s goal is to find the top 3 local businesses per category in each town/city across the UK.  Its employees handpick 3 top local businesses per category and check reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost and general excellence.  Only businesses verified by ThreeBestRated employees are included.

Let us know if you need any property related advice or have a requirement for our conveyancing service.

We also have an excellent Private Client department for all of your Wills, Probate and Power of attorney and Estate Planning needs. Contact Sally or Linda.

info@sussexlawsolicitors.co.uk or 01273 561312

SUSSEX LAW COVID 19 POLICY

Sussex Law Covid-19 Workplace Policy and risk assessment

The physical and mental wellbeing of our people and our customers is our highest priority.

To manage this, and in line with government guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19, Sussex Law has carried out a full Covid-19 workplace risk assessment and implemented a Covid-19 Secure Workplace Policy.

Together, they show how seriously Sussex Law are considering all measures to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in our offices and to ensure that our workplace is as safe as possible for our employees and clients.

Sussex Law confirms we have followed the government’s guidance on managing the risks surrounding COVID-19.

We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with all employees.

We have cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures in place according to the government advice.

We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home where necessary and if possible.

We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m social distancing in the offices.

We have posters on our doors and within the offices giving clear instruction as to the policy we are operating.

Policy brief & purpose

This policy shows measures Sussex Law are actively taking to mitigate the spread of Covid 19 in our offices and to ensure that your return to the workplace is safe. You are kindly requested to follow all the rules diligently, to sustain a healthy and safe workplace in this unprecedented environment. It is important that we all respond responsibly and transparently to these risk precautions.

Sussex Laws’ approach is that if you can work safely then we will do so. The desk layout is such that you can practice social distancing in the workplace. Your desk should be sanitised at the end of your shift especially if another member of staff will be using the desk for the next days shift.

In order to keep the number of staff attending the office at one time to a minimum, there will be no half day handovers and the rostering of staff will be adjusted accordingly to keep the working environment as safe as possible.

If you need to attend the workplace then you may do so only on your allocated days as identified in the department roster.

This COVID-19 Secure Workplace policy is susceptible to changes with the introduction of additional governmental guidelines. If any changes are made, we will update you as and when necessary.

Scope

This policy applies to all employees who physically work in our office and those who are required to work remotely.

All employees must read through the risk assessment/action plan, to ensure we collectively and uniformly respond to the ongoing challenges.

Policy elements

Actions employees should take to protect themselves and their colleagues to ensure a safe and secure working environment.

Return to work Questionnaire:

• Prior to returning to the office the questionnaire must be completed and returned to the Practice Manager.

• We assure you that we will always treat your private health and personal data with high confidentiality and sensitivity.

• If you have any concerns and would like to discuss these please contact the Practice Manager or your direct line manager or whichever manager you feel most comfortable with.

Sick leave arrangements:

● If you have any Covid 19 symptoms, such as a cough/sneezing; fever; loss of sense of smell or taste, or otherwise feel unwell, you must bring this to the attention of the Practice Manager or your direct manager.

You will either be requested to return home and self isolate for 14 days and may be set up to work from home whilst in isolation.  You will then return to the office only if you are fully asymptomatic.

● If you have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, you can return to the office only after you have self isolated for 14 days and are fully recovered, with a doctor’s note confirming your recovery.

Work from home:

● You may be requested to work from home if you are able to do so and should only attend the office to carry out tasks that you are unable to do from home.

● If you are experiencing any Covid 19 symptoms, but you are able to work, you should work from home if possible.

● If you’ve been in close contact with someone infected by COVID-19, with high chances of being infected yourself, you should work from home if possible. You will also be asked not to come into physical contact with any colleagues during this time.

● If you need to provide care to a family member infected by COVID-19, please discuss this with the Practice Manager.

● You’ll only be permitted to return to the office 14 calendar days after your family member has fully recovered, provided that you’ve recovered or you have a doctor’s note confirming you don’t have the virus. You will also be asked not to come into physical contact with any colleagues during this time.

Travelling/commuting measures:

● All work events will be cancelled/postponed until further notice.

● Face to Face client meetings should be done virtually where possible.

● If you normally commute to the office by public transportation and do not have other alternatives, we can look to change your working hours to avoid busy commuter times.

General hygiene rules:

● Wash your hands regularly and on all occasions after using the toilet, before and after eating, and if you cough/sneeze into your hands (follow the 20-second hand-washing rule). You can also use the sanitizers you will find around the office.

● Cough/sneeze into your sleeve, preferably into your elbow. If you use a tissue, discard it properly and clean/sanitize your hands immediately.

● Open the windows regularly to ensure open ventilation.

● Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent from getting infected.

● If you are in the office and find yourself coughing/sneezing on a regular basis or suffering any possible Covid-19 symptoms you should avoid close physical contact with your co-workers and report to a member of management who will send you home immediately and thereafter follow the instructions for self isolating- such as working from home or requesting sick leave.

● There is no smoking or vaping allowed anywhere within the offices. All smoking and vaping must be conducted outside with doors closed so that smoke or vape cannot infect any indoor space.

If you smoke or vape this must not take place in groups this practice must take place on a singular basis to avoid any possible spread of the virus from worker to worker.  Exhaled vapour can contain droplets. Keep a distance of 2 metres from others when smoking or vaping outside to reduce this possible risk.

Staff exhibiting any Covid-19 symptoms and potential high-risk circumstances

Staff are not permitted to attend Sussex Law offices under the following conditions:

If they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms

If they have been in close contact with someone infected by Covid-19

If they have tested positive for Covid-19

If they have had 3 adverse temperature readings

In the event of any of the above scenarios, then staff are only permitted to return to the office after 14 days isolation, provided they are asymptomatic or they have a doctor’s note confirming they don’t have the virus.

If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in the office they will be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance of self-isolation.

Social distancing in the workplace

Sussex Law Covid-19 Policy provides guidance on social distancing within the workplace and aims to keep staff numbers to a level where they can to comply with the 2-metre rule

Signage – Clear signage on front doors and throughout the offices to inform clients of our policy and to ensure employees maintain a safe and secure environment.

Meetings – Meetings should be done virtually whenever possible including internal meetings with colleagues and especially with clients. Only where the use of video conferencing for meetings is not practical, can face to face meetings be arranged.

All meeting rooms have been closed until further notice and may be used as office space.

Desks and workstations – Staff are not permitted to share desks or workstations on the same day and have been specifically allocated their own permanent workstations, ensuring 2m distancing from other colleagues. If a desk is used by another user the next day then it must be sanitised at the end of the shift allowing 16 hours before another user attends that workstation.

Supplies of individual items such as stationery orders need to be notified to the practice manager so that deliveries can be kept to a minimum.

Personal deliveries – Personal deliveries for staff members such as items from online shopping providers are not permitted at Sussex law offices without permission from the Directors.

Track and Trace – staff are encouraged to follow the track and trace guidelines set out by the government. If an employee tests positive they will be required to follow the self-isolation guidance.

General hygiene

Signage – Clear signage throughout our offices has been implemented to help guide people on general hygiene best practice and to act as a reminder of their responsibilities to maintain a safe and secure workplace.

Hand-washing – Staff are reminded to wash their hands regularly and on all occasions after using the toilet, entering the offices and before and after eating.

Gel sanitisers – Gel sanitisers are available in all areas.

Surface cleaning – Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, particularly in areas of high use such as door handles, light switches, IT hardware such as printers and reception areas – using appropriate cleaning products that have been provided to staff.

Reducing cross-contamination – All internal doors that are not fire doors should remain in an open position. Where possible, printing and handling of paperwork should be kept to a minimum and all correspondence where possible should be electronic such as emails.

Ventilation – staff are reminded to open windows regularly to ensure open ventilation. Where a fan is being used it should be directed away from any colleagues. If this is not possible then the fan should not be used.

Travelling and commuting

The firm’s approach is that if employees can work from home then they should continue to do so. This approach helps to reduce any unnecessary commuting and any unnecessary use of public transport. In addition:

Staff using car parking facilities should ensure that social distancing is adhered to when entering and leaving car park spaces

All staff work trips and events, have been postponed until further notice.

Meetings outside of the workplace

Vulnerable clients – With specific reference to vulnerable clients and where there is no alternative other than a home-visit, staff should practice strict social distancing measures. If you cannot be safe then you cannot meet.

Awareness needs to heightened as to where the meeting takes place. Any meeting needs to be outside or in isolation of all others that are not attending the meeting. I.e. busy rest home environment cannot be entered as this would not be a safe environment.

Mental Health and well-being

Sussex Law considers the mental health and well-being of all staff as a priority. All staff are required to complete a Return To Work Questionnaire to establish any concerns on their return and how they can be addressed. The firm will continue to promote the dedicated mental health & well-being resources available to all staff.