Making a Will or handling the estate of someone who has died can be complicated and intimidating, as can other areas of lifetime planning. Getting clear legal advice and support can give you the confidence to deal effectively with these matters, providing peace of mind that every detail has been considered and properly managed.

At Stephen Rimmer, our dedicated team offers experienced expertise for all areas of lifetime planning and dealing with estates. We can provide a tailored approach to meet your needs, making these complex matters much more straightforward and less stressful.

How we can help you with Wills, probate & lifetime planning

Our solicitors offer sensitive, practical support for matters including:

Why choose Stephen Rimmer for lifetime planning?

Our Private Client team is headed by Joe Richardson, a highly experienced solicitor and partner in the firm. Joe has exceptional expertise in a wide range of matters related to Wills, estates, lifetime planning and probate, including for high value estates, foreign assets, business assets and large families.

Joe is supported by a very able team, including consultant Nicholas Manning, who is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the leading global association for solicitors specialising in inheritance, trusts and estates, with membership requiring rigorous training and examination, reflecting Nicholas’ exceptional expertise.

As a firm, we have very high customer satisfaction rates, with a large percentage of our new business coming via recommendations from current and former clients.

Book a free 30-minute consultation with our Wills & probate solicitors in Eastbourne 

We offer a free, no obligation 30-minute chat with one of our specialist estates and lifetime planning solicitors to all new clients.

To arrange your initial consultation, you can:

Our Wills & Probate services

Making a Will

Whether you need to make a new Will or update your existing Will, our team can advise you on everything you need to consider, including ensuring all of your assets are accounted for and that your loved one’s needs will be fully met when you are no longer around.

Find out more about our Will writing services.

Inheritance Tax planning

Inheritance Tax can make a significant difference to the value of your estate that passes to your beneficiaries, so good tax planning is essential, especially for high value estates. Our inheritance tax planning solicitors can advise you on your options, including the use of trusts and other tax-efficient vehicles.


Trusts can help you protect specific assets from inheritance tax, as well as allowing you to provide for children under 18 and vulnerable dependants should you no longer be around. Our trusts solicitors can assist you with setting up and managing trusts, as well as providing advice for trustees and trust beneficiaries.

Probate & Estate Administration

Dealing with the estate of someone who has passed away is a significant responsibility, with a lot of different steps to the process you have to get right. Our probate and estate administration solicitors can provide clear, practical advice for executors and estate administrations, as well as acting as professional executors handling the entire process where required. We can offer a fixed fee or deal with your matter on an hourly rate.

Find out more about our probate and estate administration services.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Creating a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to empower someone to make decisions about your home, finances, health and wellbeing should you ever lose the capacity to do so yourself. Our Lasting Power of Attorney solicitors can help to draft and register LPAs, as well as providing advice for anyone acting under an LPA to support a loved one.

Find out more about our Lasting Power of Attorney services.

Court of Protection

Where a loved one has lost the mental capacity to manage their personal affairs and they have not created a Lasting Power of Attorney, you may need to apply to the Court of Protection. This can give you the authority to manage your loved one’s personal affairs for them. Our team are highly experienced with Court of Protection applications, so can help you apply to the Court as well as advising Court appointed deputies on their duties.

Find out more about our Court of Protection services.

Contested Probate

Should you believe that the wishes of someone as set out in their Will have not been carried out properly or an estate has not been administrated correctly, you may need to make a claim against the executor or estate administrator. We are able to conduct claims brought by beneficiaries against an estate as well as advising and assisting executors who need to defend a claim brought against them.

We can also advise you if you believe you have not been left sufficient provision from a loved one’s estate or have concerns over the validity of a Will.

Find out more about our dispute resolution services.

Our Wills & probate pricing

We are able to handle some aspects of Wills, probate and related services on a fixed fee basis, including providing fixed fee Wills for straightforward estates.

For more complex matters, we will charge according to agreed hourly rates. Where this is the case, we will tell you the hourly rates charged by everyone we expect to work on your case and give a realistic estimate of your likely overall costs.

Find out more about our hourly rates and the way we charge for our work.

Speak to our Wills & Probate Solicitors in Eastbourne

From our offices in Eastbourne and Hastings, our Wills and probate solicitors work with clients all across East Sussex, including in Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Hailsham, Polegate, Battle, Pevensey and St Leonards-on-Sea.

To arrange a free, no obligation 30-minute interview with our team, you can:

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