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Hester Mills, Senior Associate Solicitor

Hester Mills

Senior Associate Solicitor

About Hester

Hester Mills is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team in our Lincoln office, specialising in wills, inheritance tax, estates and trusts (onshore) for a wide range of clients including high net worth individuals, businesses and farmers. Hester trained with Langleys and has been with the firm since 2012. She qualified as a Solicitor with Langleys in 2014, was promoted to an Associate Solicitor in 2017 and then to Senior Associate Solicitor in 2019.

Hester graduated from the University of Durham with an LLB Law degree in 2011 and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School in 2012, obtaining a Distinction.

Hester has always enjoyed the law and the fact that it is continually changing and evolving, bringing new challenges and rewards.

Hester provides expert legal advice on all types of private client matters. She specialises in complex will drafting (preparing a wide variety of wills and tailoring to suit an individual's specific circumstances), dealing with the administration of complex, high value estates (including large farming estates and estates with business and international assets) and also trust matters. She also advises in relation to Lasting Powers of Attorney including the preparation and registration of these, deals with probate applications (both complex and simple), administers and manages Trusts and advises high net worth individuals in relation to inheritance tax planning, succession planning and land related issues (including first registrations).

Hester is noted for her excellent interpersonal skills, approachable nature and thorough attention to detail. Hester finds that the most rewarding part of her job is helping those at a often a very difficult time in their life to reach a successful conclusion.

Groups and bodies Hester is a member of

Hester is an affiliate member of STEP and will become a full member once she has  completed three essays.

Recent examples of Hester's experience

  • Administration of Trusts with assets of circa £3million which were created following a successful Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 claim.
  • Preparing a will for a terminally ill client ensuring their wishes were met and putting in place safeguards including liaising with medical professionals to make a record of mental capacity.
  • Producing a detailed Inheritance Tax and succession planning proposal with an initial potential Inheritance Tax saving of over £800,000 (minimum) whilst ensuring that no Capital Gains Tax immediately crystallised.
  • Advising Trustees to ensure vulnerable beneficiaries receive valuable benefit from Trusts during their lifetime and liaising with other professionals to ensure the Trust is used to make a difference to the lives of the beneficiaries.
  • Advising Executors in relation to a complex and high net worth value estate with significant holdings in farmland.

Recent feedback from clients

What people say about Hester

Clients this year have said abut Hester:

  • "Hester was extremely helpful, efficient, friendly and professional".
  • "What I found most welcome - a friendly and relaxed approach. My thanks to Hester for her valuable help."
  • "Everything went according to plan, and in particular, we would like to thank Hester for her patience and efficiency during the difficult times during Covd-19 and the company for providing a safe environment."
  • "Hester really took time to listen to our unique set of circumstances."
  • "The service was excellent."
  • "Once again a first class service from a first class team".
  • "10/10, excellent service received from Hester and Jade."
  • "Thank you, everything has been dealt with respectfully and satisfactorily."

Service expertise

Farmers and Landowners

Whether you are a farmer, a landowner, a tenant or an investor, the law can have a bearing on many aspects of your personal and professional life, including property, land, assets, employment, taxes, contracts and even family issues. Based in Lincoln and York, our services originate in the country’s agricultural heartland, giving us a strong understanding of many of the challenges faced by the industry. 

Inheritance Tax & Succession Planning

Inheritance Tax, a duty paid on your property and belongings after death, can take a sizable portion out of the gift you wish to pass on. With expert planning, you can significantly reduce this impact. Based in York and Lincoln and helping clients across the UK, our friendly team of solicitors offer expert inheritance tax planning advice, helping you plan your estate, making it as tax efficient as possible to maximise the benefit of your financial legacy.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is an extremely important document. It allows you to choose someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf, should you lack mental capacity in the future to make those decisions yourself.  They are vitally important documents that will give you and your family confidence at what will often be a very difficult time.

Private Clients

Trusts

Setting up a trust can be a flexible and tax effective way to provide for your loved ones. If you want to set up a trust or want more information on trust law, our solicitors are here to assist you with your questions.

Wills & Probate

Perhaps, because it involves a subject, we least like to think about, many of us never get around to making a Will, despite it being one of the most important documents you could ever need.

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