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Thatcher + Hallam LLP


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We specialise in a number of areas of law, including the following:

Residential Conveyancing:
Our experienced and friendly Conveyancing team pride themselves in providing cost transparency, efficiency and advice in a way that is clear and easy to understand for house buying and selling. This ensures that the process of buying your dream home goes as smoothly as possible. So whether you are selling to downsize, moving to your dream home or moving on to rental or retirement property, our wealth of expertise covers all bases for property transactions of all values.

Estate Administration:
Whether your loved one died with or without making a Will, we can help guide you through the process of administering the estate. Our team are experienced in dealing with estates and will guide you through the process with an empathetic and personal approach.

We meet face-to-face to discuss the estate and we are always amenable to further meetings where necessary. The initial discussion will be to establish whether a Grant of Probate (where there is a Will) or Letters of Administration (where no Will has been written) is required in order to claim the assets held. Assets are then valued in order to prepare the relevant Inheritance Tax form and application to the Probate Registry. Once the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration is obtained the assets can be realised. Estate accounts are prepared and presented to the beneficiaries prior to the final distribution of the estate. We agree costs with you right at the very outset so that you know exactly where you stand.

Everyone should make a Will and lots of different life events may trigger the need to consider making a Will, at any age, for example:-

Buying a home.
Moving in with a partner.
Getting married.
Losing a loved one.
Becoming a parent.
Getting divorced or changing your marital status.

Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs):
LPAs are extremely powerful documents that give a person or people legal authorisation to act on someone else?s behalf.

There are two types:
Property and Financial Affairs ? this allows you to appoint a person or people of your choice to deal with your bank accounts, investments and property in the event that you become either unable or unwilling to deal with them yourself.
Health and Welfare ? this allows you to choose who will deal with your day to day health and care decisions on your behalf, such as where you might live or what medical treatment you might access, when you can no longer do so.
We would be happy to meet with you either in the office or at your home discuss LPAs and to take your instructions on this matter. Once completed, the document is registered at the Office of the Public Guardian.

Trusts and Trust administration:
If you?re looking for help with Trusts and/or Trust Administration this is something we offer. We are able to deal with the management of trusts and the preparation of trust accounts. Our team includes a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Our expertise in Trusts and Trust Administration extends to dealing with the most complex of trust matters, together with the submission of necessary returns. We advise Trustees so that they comply with their obligations under law, as well as working closely with other professionals, such as financial advisors, accountants and stockbrokers.

Contentious Probate:
We offer expert advice on making a claim against an estate.

Personal Injury:
Thatcher + Hallam prides itself on providing a client focussed service with empathy. We offer ?no win, no fee? funding for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence claims as standard and complete fee transparency with no hidden costs.

Unlike other law firms and case management companies, we provide freedom for you to take the time needed to get better without the restriction of internal timescales and targets.

Our team are all APIL accredited This demonstrates that we have the knowledge and proficiency to run a broad range of claims at all levels, complexities and values. We are also that they are one of the few Personal Injury teams in the region to have a fully APIL accredited injury team.

Medical Negligence:
Medical negligence is when medical professionals make mistakes or fail to provide you with a standard of care reasonably expected. This in turn usually leads to injury and suffering, or makes an existing condition worse.

There are a number of ways that a medical mistake can occur and cause injury, such as:
Cancer Misdiagnosis and Treatment Delays
Misdiagnosis, Diagnostic and Treatment Mistakes
Treatment Delays or Incorrect Treatment
Surgical and Post Operative Mistakes
Death Caused by Negligence
Negligent Labour Care, Gynaecological Care and Birth Injury

Family Law:
Our full service family law department have many years of experience working with couples who are divorcing and need help with the process and to agree and divide up finances, pensions, property and other assets, separated parents if children going through care proceedings or that are not seeing eye-to-eye regarding where a child or children should live or how their time should be split and unmarried couples who have broken up but are in disagreement over who owns what.
As accredited members of Resolution, our lawyers work with you and your other half?s lawyer in a collaborative way to bring about a swift finalisation of your matter or dispute and encourage early agreement for settlement, leaving you free to enjoy the next chapter of your life.
Commercial Property: These are just some of the areas where we can help you-
Purchase and sale of both freehold and leasehold property
Licences and assignments
Agricultural property and estates
Planning and regulatory issues
Option agreements
Property disputes
Development work and asset finance.

We offer no obligation initial meetings and also a free legal surgery on a Thursday evening.


Island House , Midsomer Norton , Bath and North East Somerset, BA3 2HJ

01761 414646

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