Wills and estate planning

Making a Will that's right for you

Stone King Launch Care Planning Services

Given the current climate of social care reform  and the uncertainty that brings,  it is more important than ever that older people, their families and carers receive the best possible advice to deal with the unexpected, or to enable them to plan for their future care needs.

Care Planning Services does just that by providing access to a range of legal and financial advisory services carefully designed for individuals and their families who are faced with the consequences of needing immediate care, or who are planning and preparing for later life.

A guide to Health and Welfare Lasting Powers of Attorney

What is a Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

An Ordinary Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to appoint an individual to manage your affairs. This person is known as your attorney. This type of Power of Attorney is only valid whilst you have mental capacity.

If you lose your mental capacity, for example you may develop dementia or lose consciousness, your Power of Attorney becomes invalid and your attorney can no longer act for you.

Stone King wins praise for high quality advice to families and individuals in Legal Industry Bible

Bath law firm Stone King has won praise for its high quality advice to families and individuals in the leading legal industry bible Chambers UK 2014.

The annual directory, which identifies the top solicitors and law firms through in-depth interviews with clients and industry insiders, places Stone King in the highest tier for its family and private client work.

Charities and solicitors - a symbiotic relationship?

My firm has a deep involvement in working with charities and has recently been sounding out charity professionals, through work with the Institute of Legacy Management, about their views on the critical relationship between charities and the legal profession. That debate has informed this article, in which I enter (with some trepidation!) into the difficult question of the role of the legal profession, first when advising clients on the inclusion of charitable gifts in their Wills and then when administering an estate involving a gift to charity.

Stone King Lawyer Awarded Top International Legal Qualification

A solicitor at Bath law firm Stone King has received a distinction in a prestigious international legal qualification.

Dan Harris, who is a solicitor in the firm's trusts and estates team, is one of just 23 lawyers worldwide to have been awarded the Advanced Certificate in International Succession and Probate by the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP). Still fewer have been awarded a distinction and Dan received the second highest score of all the entrants.

Stone King lawyer reveals secrets of successful divorce in new book

John Brownrigg, who heads Stone King's family law and mediation team in Bath, has written a new book to empower separating couples.

Divorce: Making it Work Better is a concise guide for people who are thinking – or in the process – of getting divorced. Far from being just a legal guide, it concentrates on helping couples take control of the divorce process to minimize conflict, protect their children, and save money.

Guide to Trusts in Wills

In October 2007 the Government announced the ‘transferable nil rate band’ between spouses or civil partners with immediate effect. This introduced a method of using the inheritance tax (IHT) nil rate bands of both spouses/civil partners even if they had omitted to take advantage of it themselves, either by making lifetime gifts, or using ‘Nil Rate Band Trusts’ in their Wills, or even if they failed to make a Will at all.


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