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Wills & ProbateEnsure peace of mind during difficult times

Ensure peace of mind during difficult times - services for wills, probate and power of attorney

Wills

We recommend that everyone has a will. It can safeguard your assets and ensure that they are passed onto the right people. Wills reduce administration time, minimise inheritance tax and can help to avoid disagreements. They also offer the chance to appoint guardians for your children and set up trustees for your children’s funds.

Probate

The period after a loved one’s death is difficult, emotional and confusing. At EJ Winter, we strive to make things as easy as possible for all involved.

If someone dies without a will, matters can become very complex, as an individual is required to administer his/her estate. To make it easier, we can assist with the entire process, from advising the representative to addressing tax issues and completing all paperwork.

You’ll receive clear explanations and guidance throughout the process and we endeavor to process the administration as quickly and efficiently as we can.

Powers of Attorney & Court of Protection

When age or illness renders an individual unable to make their own financial decisions, it may be necessary to appoint an attorney. We can advise you on all the available options in order to get yours, or the individual’s, personal affairs in order.

Our services include preparing or revising a will; appointing an attorney to manage personal affairs, finances or welfare; estate planning and taxes; and managing property.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Whether you’re planning for your own future or seeking help on behalf of a loved one, we can find you the best option for your property and affairs and your health and welfare. From completing the documentation to registering the Power, we will assist you at every stage.

Landlord & TenantProven legal assistance for commercial and residential landlords and tenants

Our expertise in negotiation, the law and practical issues on leases is unrivalled

Letting property can be a rewarding way to invest money – but there can be a lot of stresses and unnecessary hassle involved. We can advise you on best practice for letting your properties and reducing the risks involved with taking on tenants.

Our services include:

  • Advice on the law and understanding your rights and obligations
  • Finding the right tenants
  • Solving problems before they arise
  • Drafting forms and agreements

If you’re letting property, we can advise on the law and best practice

The most common problems arise from late rental payments, as well as responsibility for repairs, property use, anti-social behaviour and ending the tenancy. We can advise and assist with all of these issues and many more.

We understand that your rental income is of utmost importance and we treat each case efficiently, in order to minimise any losses you may face.

Our experienced, knowledgeable legal team can advise on the following situations:

  • Assured Shorthold Tenancies
  • Enforcement of covenants in leases
  • Forfeiture
  • Issues arising from the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954
  • Landlord's licence or consents
  • Lease extensions
  • Lease negotiation
  • Lease renewal
  • Leasehold enfranchisement
  • Service charge issues
  • Possession proceedings
  • Removal of unauthorised occupants (squatters)
  • Rent reviews
  • Assignment of lease (sale/transfer)
  • Sub-letting
  • Recovery of rent arrears

Litigation DisputesWhether you’re a claimant or defendant, we can assist with County Court, High Court, Employment Tribunal or Land Tribunal issues

Our efficient, cost-effective services are unbeaten in the industry

Personal legal disputes can be costly and stressful, so we strive to resolve your situation in the best, most efficient way possible. We are experts in finding the most cost-effective remedies, so you can rest assured that your issues will be sorted.

Whether you’re the claimant or defendant, our experience extends across a variety of litigation matters and court claims. We can support you in High Court, County Court, Employment Tribunals and other tribunals.

Resolving your dispute in the most favourable and least costly way is our principle objective.

We can assist with the following:

  • General contractual disputes
  • Personal Injury
  • Inheritance Act & Will disputes
  • Boundary disputes
  • Debt recovery
  • Consumer Law
  • Building work disputes
  • Tenancy disputes
  • Professional negligence
  • Property disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Commercial property possession claims

Business LawProviding your business with a high standard of service and professionalism

Affordable, practical legal advice

When it comes to business, you need to be certain that the legal advice you’re receiving is not only true, but practical and affordable. Our experienced solicitors and support staff will do their utmost to provide your business with all the care and support you need.

Our team of lawyers can provide the following services:

Start-ups and new business ventures

If you’ve just set up a new business and need help or advice, our solicitors can give you industry-leading, practical support to help your business reach its full potential.

Business sales or purchases

Whether you’re buying or selling, or are a sole trader or multi-location business, our experienced lawyers can advise you on the process.

Day-to-day governance and regulation

Whatever your daily needs and issues are, our team can offer help and support.

Business agreements

Shareholders Agreements, Partnership Agreements and LLP Agreements form the foundation of many businesses. We understand the necessity of a personally tailored and bespoke service to suit your needs.

Terms of business

Ensure that you’re fully protected and let us draft your terms, or check and amend existing terms.

Contracts

Contracts relating to the supply of goods are vital for all businesses. Our solicitors are experts in tailoring such contracts to fully limit the liability and risk associated with supplying goods.

Confidentiality agreements

Protect your information and crucial business data with the help of our confidentiality agreements.

Employment LawProviding advice and guidance on all aspects of employment law

Assisting both employees and employers

Over the years we have assisted both employers and employees, meaning you can benefit from our experience on both sides of the workplace. Our employment lawyers can advise you on all areas of employment law – whether it’s at the beginning of a job or the end.

Our advice and guidance includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Employment contract drafting and negotiation
  • Severance packages and compromise agreements
  • Discrimination, including equal pay, sex, race, disability and age-related issues
  • Disciplinary and grievance matters
  • Maternity, paternity and parental rights
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Breach of contract. including restrictive covenants

Motoring Offences & CrimeHelping you to overcome any situation

We’ll fight to save your driving licence and reputation

Motoring Offences

The ramifications of losing your driving licence can be phenomenal – and because we understand this, we fight to save your rights, your liberty, your integrity and your livelihood.

We defend all types of motoring offences, including:

  • Speeding
  • Drink driving
  • Failing to stop after an accident
  • Failing to report an accident
  • Careless driving
  • Failure to identify the driver
  • Driving without insurance
  • Driving licence offences

We have extensive experience in contesting drink-driving allegations, as well as arguing “special reasons” in appropriate cases.

With the help of expert evidence, we can challenge all types of speeding allegations, including Laser Gun, Gatso cameras and illegal signage cases.

If you are facing driving disqualification under the “totting up” provisions, you can be safe in the knowledge that we have an excellent record in persuading Magistrates to allow drivers to retain their licences.

If you have been charged, summonsed or are being investigated for any type of motoring offence, contact us now for a consultation with one of our motoring lawyers. We will be able to tell you if you have a defence.

We will always provide a fixed fee quotation for initial consultations and thereafter advise you fully as to how your case can be funded, and if appropriate, regarding the availability of legal aid. If you are to be interviewed under caution by police, non-means-tested legal aid is available.

Over 25 years experience in advising and representing in criminal law

Crime

We have been advising and representing clients in all aspects of criminal law for many years. You’ll be safe in our hands, knowing that our expertise ranges from modest cases in the Magistrates' Court right up to the most serious offences that involve a trial before a Judge and jury in the Crown Court.

You can obtain free legal advice from us if you find yourself detained in a Police Station in connection with an investigation or otherwise are to be interviewed under caution by police officers. Through our contract with the Legal Aid Agency we can, subject to financial eligibility, represent you under legal aid. If you are not eligible for legal aid, we will advise you fully as to funding options.

Our lawyers have considerable expertise across the whole spectrum of criminal law and other prosecutions, including those initiated by Private Prosecutors, Local Authorities and Government Departments.

  • Murder and manslaughter
  • Fraud offences
  • Drug-related offences
  • Theft, burglary and robbery
  • Blackmail, extortion, threats to kill
  • Sexual offences
  • GBH, ABH, assaults
  • Public Order offences
  • Other general criminal offences

Personal InjuryOffering you practical, empathetic advice after an accident or injury

Are you one of the 3,000,000 people injured in an accident every year?

Placing blame when there’s been an accident is sometimes easy – but when it isn’t, that’s when matters get complicated. It’s important to get good legal advice as soon as possible after you’ve had an accident, to establish if there is a potential claim.

Together we will sit down face-to-face and discuss your personal injury claim – and we won’t charge any fees unless and until all funding options are covered and you are aware of what the financial consequences may be. It’s often possible to pursue your claim on a no-win-no-fee basis, but regardless of how we proceed, you can rest assured that there will be no unpleasant surprise charges at the end.

Discover today if you have a claim

We specialise in a whole range of personal injury, illness and accident compensation claims, including:

  • Road traffic accidents
  • Accidents and illness at work
  • Accidents in a public place
  • Brain, spinal and other serious injuries
  • Holiday claims
  • Defective product claims

Some personal injuries and illnesses can be life changing. If your life has been turned upside down due to someone else, you may need lifelong support, including rehabilitation, medical care and counselling. Likewise, if you have lost your job or suffered from loss of earnings, we can work together to get you the compensation you deserve.

Rewards For Forces

We are proud to offer discounts to serving members of the armed forces, ambulance, police and fire personnel. The discount is in association with Rewards for Forces, although you do not have to be a member to claim.

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Free Initial Advice

For matters under Family Law, we offer a free, no obligation initial discussion with no upfront commitment from you.

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