We know that planning your life and estate is important to both you and your family; that is why we provide comprehensive advice about your options and the likely consequences.

We always aim to work with our clients in a personable and stress-free way and to communicate your options and outcomes in plain English.

Private client expertise

Our Wills & Probate department are Dementia Friends and have strong links within the local community. They have years’ experience dealing with vulnerable clients and their families, so you can be sure they are dealt with in a kind and caring way.

The Brighton Wills & Probate team has you covered

Our Brighton and Hove private client department can help you and your family with:

More about the services offered by our Wills and Probate team


Dealing with someone’s estate can be complex and stressful, especially as it is such a difficult time anyway. There are time limits to observe, tax allowances to be claimed (or otherwise lost), tax to be reclaimed, assets to be protected, and legal responsibilities to HMRC, the Probate Court and the estate in general.

We can use our knowledge and experience to help guide you through this legal maze.

Writing Wills

Getting our affairs in order with a correctly drafted Will can avoid a lot of additional stress when we are gone. It is already a difficult time, and taking some of the stress away from your friends and family with a valid Will is a great help.

A carefully drafted Will can:

  • avoid tax allowances being reduced or lost;
  • make use of any charitable exemptions, whilst at the same time potentially reducing the rate of inheritance tax paid;
  • ringfence assets for children; and
  • be used to protect vulnerable family members.
Jensen Bourke: Wills & Probate exacutive

Our Brighton branch Wills and Probate specialist

Jensen Bourke specialises in Wills, Probate, Tax, Trusts, Court of Protection and Powers of Attorney and aims to deliver legal advice in plain English and in a helpful, approachable and timely manner.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

Lasting Power of Attorney is your choice as to who will manage both your financial affairs and personal welfare if you are unable to do this job yourself.

Talk to us about why having a Power of Attorney in place is important and what benefits they provide you with.

Deeds of Variation

The use of a Deed of Variation to redirect assets received from an estate could provide you a very powerful tool when it comes to your planning for Inheritance Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax and family intergeneration Tax.

The Deed of Variation is entirely tailored to fit your circumstances and there are rules to be observed for a Deed of Variation to work, so expert advice is a must.

Court of Protection

Braintree Wills & probate

Losing mental capacity throws up all sorts of challenges if there is no Power of Attorney in place.

Issues such as

  • who will administer the finances,
  • how they obtain legal authority to do so,
  • what can and cannot be done when it comes to making gifts, managing investments,
  • as well as the day to day administration,

are thrown up.

Our Private Client lawyers have a wealth of experience in helping you with your legal and administrative duties and have been Court-appointed Deputies.

Trust Deeds

A carefully-drafted Trust Deed can be used as an agreement between partners as to who will get what back if your home has to be sold due to separation.

Trusts have other useful functions which may help protect your family from third parties and tax.

Trust administration

Trustees have many responsibilities, duties and accountabilities. We can help you with the correct administration of your Trust.


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Our Brighton & Hove Wills and Probate team

Our Brighton branch is handy for most of the south of England. It is within easy reach of Gatwick Airport and the towns of Worthing, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath and Chichester.

The team is headed by chartered Legal Executive Jensen Bourke, who is a Dementia Friend who helps promote an understanding of what it is like for people living with dementia. Jensen is also heavily involved in charity work through Mid Sussex Roundtable which collects monies from local people to help local causes and people in Sussex.

You can contact Jensen by email at jensen.bourke@cunningtons.co.uk.

Cunningtons Solicitors in Brighton

31 Duke Street
Brighton & Hove
United Kingdom

Tel: 01273 725229
Fax: 01273 779758