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Our Private Client team offers an extensive and invaluable service to clients combining expertise and efficiency with a considerate and sympathetic personal approach. The department has also been ranked in the Legal 500.

We live in a world of increasingly complex family relationships. In addition, we are all living longer and need to think ahead to make adequate provision for ourselves and our loved ones. Yet the fact that over half of adults in the UK do not have a will shows that it is often easy to neglect important personal affairs. Our Private Client team is available at our offices in Ashford, Canterbury and Herne Bay.

We can help you manage your personal affairs and those of your family. We work with you to understand what you wish to achieve and have been commended by clients for our ability to combine expertise and efficiency with a considerate and sympathetic personal approach. Our services include:

Dementia Friendly

Girlings has joined the ‘Dementia Friendly’ campaign and Charlotte Parsons, a Paralegal in our Private Client team is a Dementia Friend Champion working with staff to become Dementia friends. Find out more from Charlotte about becoming a Dementia Friend.

Capital Gains Tax

For advice on  Capital Gains Tax due on the disposal of inherited assets and Income Tax payable on death, and the tax implications for Executors and Trustees, contact our in-house tax specialist, Mrs Jay Whitehead.

Late Night Appointments - Ashford Office

Late night appointments, by appointment only, are available at our Ashford Office - please see below for details.

We work with you to understand what you wish to achieve and have been commended by clients for our ability to combine expertise and efficiency with a considerate and sympathetic personal approach.

Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQs)

We hold the Law Society’s accreditation for the Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQs), a best practice quality mark for Wills and probate advice that clients can trust

Our Client Charter

We are delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored Wills and probate advice to our clients.

  1. We will not pressure you into buying more complex advice that is not in your best interests.
  2. Our dedicated Wills and probate service is tailored to your needs. We will explain the process, options, costs and likely timescales.
  3. We will keep you up-to-date using your preferred method of communication.
  4. Accredited Solicitors and other staff complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard and show compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by the Law Society.

Check that we are WIQS accredited by searching for us on the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor website.

Read more about why you should choose Girlings as a WIQS accredited firm.

Accredited by the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme

We are delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). This shows that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored Wills and probate advice to our clients. Nine of our Solicitors and other staff are WIQS accredited.

Client Charter: Why choose a WIQS accredited firm?

1. Understand the options and get advice that meets your needs

  • We will not make any misleading claims about the advantages of making a Will, or pressure you into buying more complex advice that is not in your best interests.
  • We will help you understand the issues in preparing a Will or seeking probate advice to make a more informed choice from the outset.
  • Our dedicated Wills and probate service is tailored to your needs. We will explain the process, options, costs and likely timescales.

2. Receive a quality service and be kept up-to-date

  • We will provide you with the name(s) of the person(s) responsible for your matter.
  • We will agree how you want us to contact you and how often.
  • We will communicate with you in plain English, explaining any legal terminology.
  • We will reply to your questions within 48 hours or provide a timeframe for more complex issues.
  • We will tell you when unforeseen issues affect the original cost estimate and timeframe and explain the impact.
  • We will treat you with dignity and respect at all times.

3. Trust practices with WIQS

  • WIQS is only open to law firms or other organisations that are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
  • The Senior Responsible Officer or Head of Department must have at least three years’ experience of Will drafting and estate administration.
  • Accredited Solicitors and other staff complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard and show compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by the Law Society.

To give you further confidence and protect you against fraud, the Law Society’s accreditation process included checking the identity of our practice and all individuals delivering Wills and probate  advice, regulatory and insurance checks and proof of financial and risk management procedures. Check that we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and are WIQS accredited by searching for us on the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor website.

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For further advice and information please contact a member of our Private Client team who will be happy to help you.

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