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When someone dies the task of dealing with the administration of their Estate can often be daunting for those left behind. The prospect of completing paperwork, dealing with financial institutions, liaising with the Inland Revenue can seem like a minefield.

We can act as or advise the executors of an Estate (or the administrators where there is no Will) offering the whole service from start to finish or alternatively dealing with only certain aspects, such as obtaining the Grant of Probate (which may not always be required). We can do as much or as little as is required and fully appreciate that patience and sensitivity is essential.

If there is no Will there will be an intestacy and we are able to guide clients through the process of establishing who will be entitled to the Estate, tracing beneficiaries where necessary.

We have a wealth of experience in dealing with the taxation aspects of the administration and will advise on all available reliefs, and discuss post death planning (deeds of variation) which may be appropriate for both tax planning and practical purposes. We are also used to dealing with the foreign aspects of an Estate and guide clients through the differing tax and succession laws of foreign jurisdictions.

If there is a Will it can sometimes contain a trust and Laceys are able to advise on the practical and taxation implications as well as assist with the constitution of the trust and its ongoing administration.

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Matthew Crampton

Solicitor — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755218
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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Matthew is a solicitor in Laceys Private Client team. His main areas of expertise include wills, lasting powers of attorney and administration of estates.

Matthew prides himself on his approachable nature and enjoys assisting and supporting clients experiencing difficult circumstances following the death of a loved one.

Out of the office, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons. He is a big AFC Bournemouth fan having held a season ticket at Dean Court for many seasons.

 

Simon Nightingale

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755220
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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A Partner in the Private Client Department and a Notary Public, Simon was head of the Private Client Department in Horsey Lightly Fynn which merged with Laceys in December 2015.

He deals with a complete range of Private Client matters, including Wills, Trusts, Tax Planning, Trusts and Estates Planning, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection, Charities, Probate Disputes and Agricultural matters. Specific areas of interest are issues affecting succession in family businesses and farming in particular, the incorporation and governance of Charities and dealing with disputes relating to Wills and contested estates.

Simon is a member of the Charity Law Association, the Notaries Society and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.

When not working he plays tennis, and enjoys walking on the Jurassic Coast and (not often enough) playing golf.

Natasha Cross

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 307866
Switchboard: 01202 743286

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  • “Laceys acted on behalf of my late uncle in what proved to be a quite complex administration of his estate. Matters that required resolving included the management of the realisation of this estate - which was made significantly more difficult due to certain assets being held outside of the British jurisdiction. Natasha Cross dealt with this estate in a very professional and timely manner and helped me out enormously in the discharge of my responsibilities of both executor and trustee whilst doing so.”

    Vincent Unsworth

  • “I found Natasha Cross very patient and always helpful to me and my family in what has been a very difficult time for us all over the last eighteen months. ”

    E Bush

  • “I found the whole experience with Natasha Cross very professional and she explained everything in a way I could understand. She is an asset to Laceys and I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again for any legal work.”

    Lynda Dean

  • “Natasha has always explained things clearly so that I understood the process and reasons behind what she was saying. I would highly recommend her to friends and family should they need any work doing.”

    Claire Rabbitts

  • “It was an awful time for us as a family made so much harder by being abroad and such a long long way from home. Natasha and the team at Laceys were truly amazing. They took such great care to cover everything thoroughly and helped us through each step of what is a complicated journey. My fathers estate was not so difficult to understand but still, to have great expert advice and wise guidance through the process was very much appreciated. My wife and I will always be extremely grateful to Natasha and the Laceys team for their professionalism, support and kindness.”

    Richard Jones

  • “Natasha helped take all the pressure off me at a time when I was acting as an Executor of my friend’s Estate and at the same time dealing with my wife’s illness and subsequent death.”

    Mr Stutter

Natasha is based at our Parkstone office in the Private Client department and primarily deals with the administration of Trusts and Estates following the death of a loved one and the drawing up of Wills and  Lasting Powers of Attorneys.

One of her specialisms is making use of Trusts in Wills for couples to shelter assets from residential care fees or to ensure that children from a first marriage are guaranteed to inherit from their parents Estate should mum or dad die and want to benefit their new spouse under the terms of their Will.

Away from work Natasha enjoys taking her wheaten terrier Ruby on long walks by the sea and spending time with friends and family.

Kate Mansfield

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755981
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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  • “We have had the pleasure of Kate’s sensitive and unwavering professional support for a number of years. She has always been able to combine her deep expertise, with practical context and a tone of voice that gently escorts you through, often difficult decisions. We could not recommend Kate highly enough, both professionally and personally ”

    Simon Bennett

  • “We have always known that our legal matters have been in very safe hands with Laceys and Kate Mansfield who handles her clients’ needs with such grace. In recent years we have had to deal with two complicated probates and Kate has dealt with them in a compassionate and totally professional manner. This has made the two emotional journeys so much more bearable for all the family.”

    Joy Eveleigh

  • “I found Kate and her secretary Diane both charming, friendly and very helpful. ”

    Edna Marcella Collier

  • “We have always found that in addition to her legal expertise, Mrs Mansfield is always easily and readily available and it is likewise easy to discuss legal and personal relevant matters with her.”

    Justin Clark

  • “Recently dealt with my extensive will very satisfactorily. ”

    Mrs Ann Gibbs

Kate heads up our Private Client team having been at the firm for over 22 years. She handles a mixed caseload of Wills, administration of Estates, powers of attorney and trust matters as well as specialising more in tax planning.

Kate enjoys the personal side of the work and the satisfaction of assisting the bereaved and families with complex affairs, whether it be complex financial aspects or those where a diplomatic hand is required. She prides herself on being able to explain the legal position in plain English.

Out of the office she enjoys keeping fit. She enjoys going to the gym, has recently acquired a new road bike and is kept busy with an active Hungarian Vizsla. Cooking, particularly baking, is also a passion.

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Beverley Randall

Associate — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755210
Switchboard: 01202 755980

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“Without any will to refer to following the death of my uncle, Beverley explained what we needed to do, and why, at every stage. She was always polite and easy to talk to, and always kept her promises and returned our telephone calls and emails.”

Anonymous

Beverley is part of Laceys Private Client team, specialising in will preparation, lasting powers of attorney and administration of estates for probate.

Beverley enjoys the personal aspect of her work, helping people overcome bereavement and making the best out of often difficult, emotional circumstances. She deals with clients from all walks of life, and remains down to earth at all times, removing the legal jargon so clients understand their situations.

Having recently had a baby, Beverley has very little spare time, but she is still a fan of F1 Racing  and retains her love of shopping, films and holidays in the sun!

Jeannette Gallacher

Paralegal — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755997
Switchboard: 01202755980

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  • “Jeanette's support helped me through what I now look back on as a very low point in my life. She was always there to answer queries by phone or email and provided stability and sense when I needed them most. I would recommend Laceys to anyone without reservation. ”

    Jacki Bishop

  • “Laceys were my first choice when my father was diagnosed with dementia and could no longer cope with personal and financial affairs. They clearly explained the options open to me and then outlined the process, timeline, and financial costs associated with the application for deputyship. During the process there were regular updates on progress and advice on the wording of answers to some questions on the court application forms that would ensure clear and unambiguous statements. With their help the whole process was completed in a shorter time than expected and I deeply appreciate all the help and assistance I received during this difficult time. My special thanks to Jeanette Gallacher who was my paralegal on the court proceeding and successful application.”

    Royce Lonnon

Jeanette is a paralegal in the Private Client Department and specialises in making applications to the Court of Protection for the appointment of Deputies to look after the financial affairs of clients who are no longer mentally able to do so themselves.  She also manages client affairs under Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Away from work Jeanette loves long walks and enjoys travelling to France in her husband’s classic car.

Deborah Pearce

Associate — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755983
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“Deborah Pearce has helped us negotiate some very delicate matters with the care and concern we associate with Laceys Solicitors, and she has been an absolute rock. ”

Martin and Pam Berryman

Deborah is a Chartered Legal Executive who has worked in the Private Client department at Laceys for over 15 years.

She specialises in all areas of private client work, wills, powers of attorney, tax planning, Court of Protection, administration of estates, NHS Continuing Care, welfare benefits and all issues related to the elderly and infirm. She finds this area of law quite holistic – it is not just a matter of applying rules and regulations but organising a client’s affairs in such a way that they are made easier and clearer during what can be a very emotional and upsetting time.  Her work requires a very good and patient listening ear, bedside manner and sometimes a sense of humour but still achieving the client’s objectives on time.

When time permits she enjoys reading, cooking and relaxing by the Christchurch River but only when the sun shines! Travelling is a great hobby but there is never enough time to visit all.She has four stepchildren, four grandchildren plus a nephew and niece who help keep her busy at home!

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