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Rachel Spruce, Associate at Penningtons Manches


Rachel is an associate in the private client team in the Guildford office.

She advises on a wide range of private client matters such as will writing, preparing and registering lasting powers of attorney, establishing and administering trusts and applications for grants of probate, including administration of deceased estates.  In particular, Rachel advises on a range of probate matters, from small, straightforward applications for a grant of probate to more complex, high value estates involving trusts and succession planning structures.  Her experience also involves applying to the probate court for less usual grants, such as those where an estate has been left un-administered following the death of an executor.

Rachel qualified in 2011 and joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2017 from a City-based law firm.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising executors on capital gains tax planning where property owned by an estate had risen in value substantially during the course of the administration period
  • Acting for executors and trustees on an estate with a complex property co-ownership situation including lifetime trusts and estoppel
  • Drafting wills to provide for complex family circumstances, including gifts to unincorporated associations and the protection of a vulnerable beneficiary with provision for their long term needs to be met
  • Guiding executors of a high value estate through the process of applying for probate and the subsequent administration of the estate of a high net worth individual with assets in multiple jurisdictions and a complex family background.

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