Laura Hotten

Solicitor

Laura is a Solicitor in the Wills, Trust and Probate Department based primarily in our Southend office but also covering the wider Essex area through our Terling office.

Educated at Greensward College in Hockley, Laura went on to study law at the University of East Anglia where she graduated with an honours degree. Laura then completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law whilst completing a Training Contract at Tolhurst Fisher. Laura was admitted as a Solicitor in October 2016 although she has been part of the Wills, Trust and Probate Department since 2013. Laura recently undertook her STEP (Society for Trust and Estate Practitioners) qualification and is therefore recognised as an expert in her field.

Professional Summary
– The administration of estates (probate)
– Wills
– The creation and administration of trusts
– Powers of attorney
– Court of Protection matters

Personal Summary
– Travel
– Half marathons
– Yoga
– Cooking and trying all different types of food

Case Studies
Laura acts for executors and administrators of estates which range in complexity and value. An estate Laura recently dealt with, worth in the region of £20m, consisted of assets held with numerous banks, investment companies and a large property portfolio. Laura made the necessary enquiries to establish the extent of the Estate and then filing the relevant papers with HMRC and the Probate Registry in order to obtain the Grant of Probate promptly. Laura then assisted the executors with collecting in the assets of the estate, taking instructions from beneficiaries regarding sale or transfer of assets and ensuring that all debts had been settled.

Once all matters had been concluded, Laura then assisted the executors with the distribution of the Estate in accordance with the terms of the will including drawing up a full set of estate accounts for the executors’ and beneficiaries’ consideration. Laura worked closely with the executors and beneficiaries of the estate throughout the administration to ensure that they were fully informed and involved.

Laura also advises her clients on a range of estate planning matters including making wills and establishing Lasting Powers of Attorney. Laura aims to fully understand her client’s needs and wishes in order that she can advise them effectively on the protection of assets both during their lifetime and on death.

T: 01702 352511
E: lhotten@tolhurstfisher.com
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