Wills and Probate Solicitors Cardiff

It’s tough to imagine what life will be like when we’re gone, and most of us try to avoid doing so. At Redkite our team of dedicated Cardiff based probate solicitors completely understand the difficult time that comes with the death of a loved one. Avoiding this issue can put our loved ones in an unpleasant and difficult situation after we have gone. No matter the complexities, we can assist you.

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What is the Purpose of a Will?

Over half of the adult population in the United Kingdom does not have a Will. This implies that their loved ones will have to devote time and resources to manage a family member’s affairs after death, which they may not have.

Some people think that their possessions will be automatically passed on to their relatives, but that is not always the case.

To make sure everything is taken care of as you wish, taking appropriate legal advice on creating and leaving a Will, specifying what you want to happen to your property and belongings after your death; absolutely crucial.

Why Choose Redkite Solicitors?

Our professional Wills & Probate team at Redkite Solicitors Cardiff can help you plan and put your mind at ease that your desires and requests will be done according to your instructions. Using our probate services means that the family you are leaving behind will receive precisely everything you leave them.

Taking the time to plan with an attorney to create a legally valid will is important. When a person dies without leaving any instruction and arrangements, the family left behind has to deal with the bereavement and burden of legal matters. No one wishes their loved ones to be grieving while also having to deal with immediate financial difficulties.

For almost a century, we’ve been assisting people with their Wills and making plans for their future. We have handled every scenario and type of estate, ranging in value from a few thousand pounds to millions of pounds, stocks, shares, and large property portfolios. Our professional team is highly skilled at writing a legally binding will that specifies your wishes clearly, and that is difficult to contest. An executor or administrator can instruct our solicitors at Red Kite to help ensure that all of your assets and liabilities are protected as easily and as quickly as possible.

For Cardiff probate and wills advice contact us today.

What our clients say

I was very pleased with the courtesy of the ladies who attended to my requests and particularly so at the time when I had my accident – they were extremely helpful.

Paul James' support has been invaluable in effectively progressing key contractual requirements. His knowledge and expertise in contract and procurement matters is exceptional. Would not hesitate to engage Paul's services again in future should the requirement and opportunity arise.” (dated March 2017).

The reason I used Redkite is that most solicitors don’t have the area of expertise that I required.

Redkite have provided assistance through several particularly difficult issues. Their advice has been professional, thorough and specifically tailoured to the needs of our business. The staff are approachable, knowledgeable and realistic in the advice they provide.

Redkite were recommended to me and I would do the same, fantastic service.

I have to say that everyone I have come into contact with from the receptionists to the solicitors have always been excellent. The advice I have been given formally and informally has always been clear and concise which is always a weight off your mind when you are dealing with the affairs of your loved ones.

At Redkite our team of dedicated wills and probate solicitors in Cardiff are both professional and approachable. Our legal services are extremely convenient. We provide home or hospital visits to customers who are unable to attend one of our offices. We can assist you with:

  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney (both Financial and Health & Welfare)
  • Codicils (additions to an existing Will)
  • Court of Protection Deputyship
  • Estate Administration

To receive the best guidance, contact one of our professional Wills and Probate Solicitors in Cardiff.

Please contact us by phone at 029 2049 1271 or by filling out our online form.

Why Do You Need A Will?

It is critical to have a Will that is both legitimate and legally binding. It ensures that your hard-earned assets are distributed to the individuals who have meant the most to you during your life.

To put your mind at rest, Redkite Probate Solicitors Cardiff offers professional advice on Wills and Probate, tax planning, Trusts, and Lasting Powers of Attorney. Having such plans in place will help you to guarantee that your final desires are carried out according to your wishes.

Because every scenario is different, each Will and estate will be handled according to your specific needs. We make certain that our experienced guidance is suited to your specific requirements. We prioritise your unique desires and what is best for you and your estate, regardless of your position.

Our legal services will be tailored to your specific circumstances, whether you are the owner of a family company, a parent, a homeowner, or someone with significant assets.

Powers of Attorney

Our experienced team at Redkite Solicitors Cardiff believes that preparing ahead is essential. In the face of old age, diseases, unexpected illnesses, and loss of mental capacity, we assist customers to safeguard their assets and wellbeing. Powers of Attorney can also be established by members of the military services or those who will be away from the nation for an extended period of time.

Deputyship

Our knowledgeable staff places a high priority on assisting our customers at tough periods in their lives. You can be certain that the financial affairs and general welfare of those you care about will be taken care of by a team of devoted Deputyship solicitors.

Keeping the Will Up-to-Date and Safe

A Will should be ideally placed in a safe. However, it should also be where your executors or family can access it. Our wills and probate solicitors in Cardiff can securely store your Will on your behalf for free for as long as needed.

We suggest reviewing your Will’s content every five years as a minimum and after any major life occurrences, such as separation, divorce, getting married, having children or moving houses.

Minor changes to a Will are made with a codicil. For major changes, it is required to make a new Will. Discuss with a solicitor and get advice on what actions you need to take, especially when getting a divorce or in marriage arrangements.

Redkite Probate Solicitors Cardiff has experience for over 100 years in helping people draft a valid Will. We prioritise making the process as easy as possible for the client, whilst making sure that appropriate advice is received. This means that our executors should not face difficulties or challenges in managing the estate after your demise.

Contact our Specialist Legal Team on 029 2049 1271 to get advice and practical assistance when it comes to preparing your Will. Or complete our online enquiry form.

Wills and Probate FAQs

Is it necessary for everyone to have a Will?

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Yes. A will expresses your final instructions, clearly defining how your assets will be distributed to your beneficiaries. If there is no valid Will in place, the state will make the decisions. This means that your belongings may end up with a family member you've never met, rather than those who mattered to you the most.

Practical instructions regarding funeral arrangements can also be set out, such as burial or cremation. A Will in place makes sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

What is a valid Will?

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A Will is valid if it is signed. However, certain rules apply when signing a Will to ensure its validity. An example of this is that beneficiaries can’t act as a witness. It is important to be aware of the rules and obey them to avoid it being found invalid or its contents challenged.

Who are the Executors of the Will?

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The Will specifies who will carry out your wishes and manage the estate. They are responsible for ensuring that the beneficiaries receive their bequests and settling any charges out of the estate, such as outstanding bills and expenses for the funeral. These are the executors, who will carry out your instructions.

Executors are usually family, friends or trusted solicitors. Depending on the estate’s size, four executors can be named

What is Probate?

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Probate is the process of managing a person’s estate after they pass away. Depending on the assets, if there are any creditors, and how many beneficiaries are named in the Will, the process may vary. Every probate process has a number of common steps including:

• Compile a list of all the assets and liabilities of the estate.
• Request a Grant of Probate online or by mail from the Probate Registry. You may also hire a solicitor or a probate specialist to help you with this.
• Fill out an inheritance tax return. If any taxes are owed, they should be paid from the estate.
• Upon receiving the Grant of Probate, settle any outstanding obligations and divide the estate according to the Wills instructions.

How long does Probate take?

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The duration of Probate is determined by the estate's size and complexity, as well as the Will. If the probate has a legitimate Will and an uncomplicated estate, it can take six to nine months on average. Unfortunately, disputes can occur amongst beneficiaries, creditors, and even executors. If this happens, you'll need the help of a solicitor with probate experience. If required, a solicitor can take over the administration of the whole estate.

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