Sunil Vasisht joined the Wills, Trusts and Estate team in 2019, coming from the Private Client department of a regional law firm.
Sunil specialises in Wills, Trusts and Estate administration, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection deputyship applications. Sunil is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the global professional association for those who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning.
- Wills: Sunil took the STEP Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation in order to improve the service he can give to clients. He advises clients on a range of wills, from basic wills to those which require additional protection for vulnerable beneficiaries, protection from care home fees, provision for children of previous marriages, or to protect family members who are going through marriage or financial difficulties. Sunil’s approach is friendly and thorough and he takes the time to get to know his clients, their circumstances and to find out about their families before he makes any suggestion on which type of Will would be best suited to a client’s needs.
- Trusts: Sunil advises trustees on their rights and responsibilities when acting and assists trustees in administering trusts.
- Estate Administration: The loss of a loved one is a very traumatic time for a family and Sunil sees his role when acting as the person who will do the administrative tasks in order to give the family time and space to grieve. He is understanding and compassionate, and attempts to carry out the work as efficiently as possible. He has dealt with estates varying from simple ones where no inheritance tax is payable to more complex estates. For one estate, he had to help track down a beneficiary who had emigrated to Canada in the early 1980s and the family had no idea of his current whereabouts.
- Lasting Powers of Attorney: Sunil advises clients on both types of Lasting Power of Attorney which they are considering setting up, and he also advises attorneys on their role, duties and responsibilities when they are called upon to act.
- Court of Protection Deputyship: if a family member loses mental capacity and has not made provision for an attorney to assist them, the family need to apply to become that person’s deputy. Sunil assists the family in the entire process of submitting an application to the Court of Protection.
Recent work highlights include:
- Advising clients on structuring wills which would result in their combined estates trebling the inheritance tax free amount available, potentially reducing the prospective tax bill by at least £80,000.
- Assisting a client to draw up a will to protect their daughter from her husband’s risky business ventures.
- Deed of variation to help clients fulfil their late mother’s wishes which she had not managed to formalise in her will.
Sunil graduated with a degree in Law with French from the University of Sussex in 1988 and decided to take some time out before qualifying as a solicitor, (he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law in 2009 and went on to complete his Legal Practice Certificate in 2011, both at BPP Law School). He went to Italy to teach English for a year or two and ended up living a stone’s throw from the Amalfi Coast for 19 years and building up his own language school. He speaks a number of languages, is interested in people and his teaching experience means he can explain sometimes quite difficult concepts in a simple manner.