Head of Private Client

Jacqui Nicholls

Jacqui advises on all matters relating to the administration of estates, Deeds of Variation, Intestacy Rules relating to estates without a Will, drafting Wills and Tax and in particular Inheritance Tax and HMRC Tax Forms. Jacqui also advises on both Lasting Powers of Attorney and General Powers of Attorney and elderly client matters. With over 35 years experience in practice Jacqui has dealt with varying types of work but has specialised in private client work for the past ten years.  

Jacqui likes to take a holistic approach to her work, looking for the simplest, most cost effective way to achieve the result required. Jacqui prides herself on being friendly whilst professional and using language that all can understand rather than legal jargon. She gives clear professional advice whilst remaining compassionate in what can be very upsetting circumstances of losing a loved one.

Jacqui regularly receives grateful messages of thanks including one matter when recently helping an elderly client, on an unrelated matter, he emailed a message of thanks referring to her as now not only his adviser but a friend.

Jacqui deals with all types of administration including complex estates involving intestacies and tracing beneficiaries in different countries, issues surrounding joint assets and resolving difficulties between both executors and beneficiaries to try and preserve the estate and avoid the costs of contentious probate matters.

Jacqui prides herself on giving fair legal advice, sometimes viewing the bigger picture which often helps clients to take a step back and resolve issues before they escalate where, for example, a Will has been drafted in unequal terms.

Jacqui is happy to offer a fixed fee advice session where she will assist a client to understand what work needs to be undertaken (as it is not always necessary to apply for a grant of Probate) and what work they can undertake in person to save on costs.  Each case is unique and should be treated as such.

Jacqui regularly gives free talks and advice in the local community including at Harrow Carers and North Harrow Stroke Association.



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Recent experience

Jacqui has dealt with many different types of estates including both modest and high net estates, including successfully resolving issues between executors and beneficiaries and successfully challenging the Revenue in relation to Business Property Rules which resulted in one estate receiving a significant refund of tax.

“I remember picking Kate and Aisling because their voice was not only representative of mine but put my children at the heart of everything. Kate has given me a strength and resilience that goes way beyond the term ‘service’.”

“I would like to thank you, Kate and all colleagues at EM Collins for giving my family and I excellent service, support, and understanding with your expert experienced knowledge through a difficult time. I would highly recommend you”

“I found the service to be very good, taking me through all the various considerations I had not given thought to. I have continued to use their services for updating of my Will.”

“It’s been tough, it’s been difficult it’s not easy but they are there every step of the way to explain, support, be a buffer, building your strength to get through it without you even realising”

“Kate goes well over and well above the call of duty to get to know my family as individuals and my case. Kate is always contactable and always at the other end of a phone line.’’