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Rachel Giles

Solicitor

Private Client

01582 765111

About

I’m a solicitor in our Private Client Department, based in our Harpenden Office. I specialise in Wills, Probate, Estate Planning and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

As a local person living in the area since 2002 and bringing up my family here, I understand the lives of my clients in Harpenden, and am able to advise from a position of experience and empathy.

I have advised people with large and complex wealth structures, but my main focus is normal people wanting to make the best of what they have and ensure it is preserved for the next generation to enjoy.

I provide straightforward advice, and can assist you in thinking through how you would like to structure your estate planning matters both in your lifetime and through your Will.

My experience includes advising on Lasting Powers of Attorney, where I also register them with the Court of Protection and provide advice on their operation if needed. I can also take on the administrative burden of Probate (including dealing with inheritance tax matters), hopefully making what can be a very difficult time a little bit easier.

I started my career as a trainee solicitor in London, working for a large international firm.  It very quickly became apparent that Private Client work was where my passion lay, and on qualification I enjoyed six years in London advising high net worth individuals on inheritance tax planning, complex probates, and trust administration.  I made the move to Taylor Walton following a break for family, and now enjoy my ten-minute commute from home!

Interests

Playing (and teaching) piano, and taking long walks in the local countryside.

Experience

  • Advising on potential claims against an estate and how to mitigate against this, at the point of making a Will.
  • Advising a couple on the practical and tax effects of their plan to pass assets to the next generation.
  • Advising executors on their potential liabilities and how to guard against this when distributing assets to beneficiaries.
  • Winding up an estate and ensuring all claims for inheritance tax exemption and relief are fully utilised.

Joined Taylor Walton in 2021

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