Wills, Probate & Estates Solicitors Cardiff

It is difficult to visualise what life will be like when we are gone, most of us avoid thinking about this. However, avoiding this issue can put our loved ones in an unpleasant and difficult situation after we have gone. 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.

 

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Why Choose Redkite Solicitors?

More than half of the UK’s adult population does not have a Will. This means that their loved ones will need to spend time and resources they may not have on handling a family member’s affairs after death.

Some people think that their possessions will be automatically passed on to their next of kin when they pass away, but that is not the case.

At Redkite Solicitors Cardiff, our expert Wills & Probate team will help you plan and put your mind at ease that your wishes will be done according to your instructions. The family you are leaving behind will receive exactly what you leave them.

Taking the time to plan with a solicitor to create a legally binding Will is important. When a person passes away without leaving any instruction and arrangements, the family left behind have to deal with the bereavement and burden of legal matters. No one wants their loved ones to grieve and experience immediate financial pressures at the same time.

We have been helping people write their Wills and make a plan for their future for over 100 years. We have experience in every scenario and every type of estate; from a few thousand pounds to millions of pounds, stocks, shares and extensive property portfolios. Our professional team is expert in writing a legally binding Will which clearly specifies your wishes, which is difficult to contest.

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 Solicitors Cardiff, we are both professional and approachable. Our service is highly accessible. If clients have difficulty attending one of our offices, we offer home or hospital visits. We can advice on:

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

Get in touch with one of our specialist Wills and Probate Solicitors to get the best advice.

Call 029 2049 1271 or complete our online enquiry form.

 

Why You Should Have A Will

A valid and legally binding Will is important.  It assures you that your hard-earned assets go to the people who have mattered most to you during your lifetime.

Redkite Solicitors Cardiff’s dedicated team provides specialist advice regarding Wills and Probate, tax planning and Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney, to put you at ease. Having such arrangements in place will allow you to ensure that your last wishes will be carried out as you planned.

Each situation is unique, so each Will and estate will be handled according to your personal circumstance. We ensure that our expert advice is tailored to what you need. No matter what your situation is, your individual wishes and what is best for you and your estate is our priority.

Whether you are the head of a family business, a parent, a homeowner, or someone with substantial assets, Redkite Solicitors Cardiff’s services will be adapted to suit your particular situation.

Powers of Attorney

At Redkite Solicitors Cardiff, our dedicated team believes that planning ahead is a must. We help clients protect their assets and welfare in the face of old age, diseases, sudden illnesses and loss of mental capacity. Individuals in the armed forces or people who are going to be out of the country for a very long time can also set up Powers of Attorney.

Deputyship

Our experienced team prioritises helping our clients through life’s difficult times. With a team of dedicated Deputyship solicitors, you can have peace of mind that the financial affairs and the general welfare of the ones you love will be taken care of.

Keeping the Will Safe and Updated

A Will should be ideally placed in a safe. However, it should also be where your executors or family can access. Here at Redkite Solicitors Cardiff, we can securely store your Will on your behalf for free for as long as needed.

We suggest to review 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.

At Redkite Solicitors Cardiff, we have experience for over 100 years in helping people draft a valid Will. We prioritise to make 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

Does everyone need a Will?

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Yes. A Will specifies your final wishes and clearly defines how your assets will be divided between 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 have never met, instead of 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 have the responsibility to ensure that the beneficiaries receive their bequests and to settle any charges out of the estate, such as outstanding bills and expenses for the funeral. These are the executors, as they are the ones to execute your wishes.

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

What is Probate?

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Probate is a process of managing a person’s estate after they pass away. The process can differ depending on factors, such as the assets, whether there are any creditors and how many beneficiaries are in the Will. Every probate process has a number of common steps including:

• Identify all the estate’s assets and debts.
• Apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate either online or by post. Alternatively, a solicitor or probate specialist can be appointed to do this for you.
• Complete an inheritance tax return. If there is any tax due, pay this out of the estate.
• On receipt of the Grant of Probate, repay any outstanding debts and distribute the estate to beneficiaries as instructed in the Will.

How long does Probate take?

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The duration of Probate is dependent on the size and complexity of the estate and the Will. On average, it can take approximately six to nine months if the probate has a valid Will and a straightforward estate. Unfortunately, disputes can occur between beneficiaries, creditors or even between executors. A solicitor’s advice and probate expertise are imperative if this happens. A solicitor can take control of the administration of the entire estate if necessary.

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