Contact Stuart Hyden
I am a Private client lawyer working from the firm’s Reading Office, specialising in Wills, Trusts, Probate applications and Mental Capacity issues.
I deal with the preparation of all types of Wills from simple Wills to those containing complex trusts to cover the difficulties associated with;
I am able to offer a general overview of the Inheritance Tax rules to ensure that my clients make full use of the exemptions and allowances available to them.
I have been advising on and preparing, registering and exercising Lasting Powers of Attorney since their inception in 2007.
Lasting Powers of Attorney are important documents. They offer people a mechanism to appoint someone of their choosing to manage their Property & Financial affairs and Health and Welfare issues if they were to lose capacity as a result of either accident or illness.
They can only be made whilst someone has the mental capacity to fully understand them, which is why I normally recommend clients to consider making these at the same time as making their Wills.
If someone were to lose capacity without having first made a Power of Attorney then it is often necessary to make an application to the Court of Protection for a Deputy to be appointed to manage their finances.
Although Deputyship applications are significantly more time consuming and costly than the Power of Attorney option, I have successfully guided numerous clients through this complicated process.
I am able to assist with all aspects of Estate Administration following death. This includes:-
Where a property is purchased jointly by two or more people, they often wish to protect their respective financial contributions. A Declaration of Trust offers a practical solution to this and I have drafted many such Declarations of Trust for my clients over the years.
I qualified as a Solicitor in 2009 having completed a degree in law at the University of Southampton followed by the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford.
I have always lived in Reading and qualified at a local Firm before working at the Financial Ombudsman Service in Canary Wharf for two years. This gave me a thorough understanding of financial products and services which has been a great asset to have when administering estates and looking to invest and manage trust funds.
Having worked for the Financial Ombudsman Service for two years, I returned to private practice. I began work at a major Southampton Law Firm, where I stayed for nearly three years before returning to my home town of Reading to begin working for Clarkslegal in February 2014.
Recent work includes: