Planning Ahead

The future can seem a long way off; the reality, of course, is that it’s not. This is why planning ahead and making the right decisions today will give you and your family peace of mind.

Birkett Long’s specialised teams provide practical advice to guide you or your family through the maze of procedures, rules and finances. Our aim is to make the journey simple for you, enabling you to focus on what is most important whilst ensuring that provisions are in place, your needs are met and your wishes are followed.

Planning ahead and making the right decisions today will give you peace of mind, knowing your personal and financial affairs are organised in the ways you want them to be.

Here are some of the issues we can explain and help you make decisions about:

  • Why should you make a will?
  • What is a trust, and is it suitable for you?
  • Have you protected your wealth?
  • Have you considered inheritance tax planning?
  • When should you start planning long term care?
  • Do you have property or family that needs protecting?
  • Have you considered making powers of attorney?

Call us for a free initial chat. We are here to listen. Together we will work out what your worries are, what is important to you and we will help make sure these are protected.


Birkett Long’s expert team includes members of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Society of Estate Practitioners (STEP), which means we are committed to treating clients with dignity, respect and sensitivity, and to avoid unnecessary legal terminology.

What our clients say

  • Claire has been extremely courteous, keen and professional and it is been a pleasure to instruct her. She is a great asset to Birkett Long and I shall be very happy to recommend her to other people.
  • I have received a highly professional, friendly and prompt service from all the solicitors I have dealt with at Birkett Long for over forty years.
    Mr Terry Hitchcock
  • I do want to thank you for the exceptionally kind, efficient and patient way you clarified what, to me, were the complicated matters in hand. I would not hesitate to come back to you should the need arise. It was a pleasure to meet you.
  • We found this firm highly efficient.
  • Birkett Long recently completed work on wills and Lasting Powers of attorney for myself and my wife.  It was very helpful to have the work undertaken by way of an initial home visit and subsequent home visit and we found them to be friendly, courteous and professional throughout the process.   Technical issues were explained in a clear straightforward manner, and they were at pains to ensure that we understood each stage of the process and the implications of any decisions we made, or documents signed.
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  • Claire Read
  • Caroline Dowding
  • Liz Jones