Wills and Probate Solicitors Haverfordwest

It is rather dificult to visualise what life would be like after you have passed, understandably, most of us try not to think about it. For the loved ones we leave behind however, if you have not left Will, clearly outlying your wishes for your hard earned estate, can make a dreadful situation even more difficult and upsetting.

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To ensure your affairs are left as you wish, and your loved ones are taken care of as per your wishes, it is vital that you take the necessary legal advice when preparing and leaving a Will containing your wishes for your property and belongings after your death.

More than half of the adult population in the UK are without a Will. That means that the individuals loved ones will be forced to spend time, and money on sorting out their affairs after they pass away.

Many believe that everything they own will automatically transfer to their next of kin when they die; sadly this is not the case.

Contact our specialist legal team and get advice and practical assistance in preparing your bespoke Will.

Call us on 01437 763 332 or complete our online enquiry form.

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.

Why choose Redkite?

Our specialist Wills & Probate Team at Redkite solicitors Haverfordwest  strongly believe a little preparation goes a long way. You can have peace of mind with our dedicated support, ensuring that your wishes after death will be fulfilled in compliance with your wishes and that your loved ones can get precisely what you bequeath them.

It is imperative that you make time to meet with a solicitor and draft a legally binding Will. When a person passes away without having left clear instructions and arrangements, relatives have to deal with both the bereavement’s distress, as well as with legal issues. No-one wants their loved ones to mourn and at the same time have to handle uncertainty and immediate financial stresses.

For more than a century, we have helped people write their Wills and plan for their futures. Our dedicated team have the skills that you need to compose a Will that clearly sets out your wishes and is both legally binding and challenging.

The team at Redkite Solicitors are professional and friendly with highly accessible services. If you are unable to attend our offices, we can arrange for a home or hospital visit. Our team can advise you on:

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

Contact us today to talk to one of our specialist Wills and Probate solicitors who can advise you on the best way forward.

Call us on 01437 763 332 or complete online enquiry form.

Why you should have a will

Quite simply you need a valid legally binding Will so you can be sure that the things that you have worked so hard for all of your life, go to the ones who have been most valuable to you throughout your life!

To give you peace of mind, Redkite Solicitors dedicated team is equipped to provide expert advice on Wills and Probate, Tax Planning and Trusts, and Lasting Powers of Attorney. With plans in place, you may be assured your last desires will be met as you would want them to be.

Everyone is unique so every Will and estate will be different. We ensure our expert advice is tailored to the needs of every individual. No matter what your personal circumstances are, your individual desires are of paramount importance to us; what is best for you and your family.

Whether you are the head of a family business, a parent or a homeowner or someone with substantial assets, the guidance from Redkite Solicitors is tailored to your specific situation.

Powers of Attorney

Our dedicated team at Redkite Solicitors believes in planning ahead. In the face of old age, degenerative diseases, sudden illness and lack of mental capacity, we help clients protect their assets and protect their welfare. Powers of Attorney are often created for individuals who will be out of the country for long periods of time, or those in the armed forces.

Deputyship

Our experienced solicitors place great importance on supporting our clients through the most challenging times in their life. With a team of dedicated solicitors, you will gain the peace of mind that your loved one’s financial affairs and general welfare will be covered.

Wills and Probate FAQs

Does Everyone Need a Will?

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Yes. A Will sets out your last desires and clarifies whether you want any assets divided between your beneficiaries. Without a valid Will it is the state's responsibility to make certain decisions, so the things you've worked so hard for may end up with a relative you've never met, rather than who you'd like to inherit your estate.

What is a valid Will?

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A Will is not valid unless it has been signed; however, there are certain rules about signing the Will that must be observed to ensure it is valid. One example of a rule is that a witness cannot be a beneficiary of the Will. It is vital to know these rules and adhere to them, otherwise, the whole of the Will could be found invalid or the contents challenged.

Who are the Executors of the Will?

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The Will specifies the names of the individuals who will carry out your wishes and manage the estate. Their role is to ensure that all recipients obtain their bequests and pay out of the estate any charges such as unpaid utility bills and funeral expenses. When they follow the instructions, such people are called executors.

Generally, executors are relatives or friends, or may be your solicitor (choose someone you trust). The Will can name up to four executors depending on the size of the estate. There is a minimum of one executor but most will name two people. A solicitor can provide additional guidance to the client on suitable executors while advising on the Will.

Keeping the Will Safe and Updated

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Place your Will in a safe, but accessible location known to your executors or family. We at Redkite Solicitors offer to hold your Will for you safely, free of charge, for as long as you need us to.
We recommend that you check the contents of your Will at least every five years, as well as any major life events afterwards. Such things could be separation divorce, engagement, having children or moving house.

Minor changes are made to a Will with a codicil. A new Will is needed for any big changes. Consult your solicitor who can advise you on what course of action is needed particularly when you get a divorce or consider marriage.

What is Probate?

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Probate is the term for the entire process of administering the estate of an individual after they pass. Depending on factors like the estate, whether there are any creditors and the number of beneficiaries in the Will, the procedure will differ.

There are a number of steps that are common to every probate process 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 size and complexity of the estate and the Will depend on this. The typical probate period with a valid Will and a straightforward estate is approximately six to nine months. Unfortunately, disputes come about sometimes. These can be between beneficiaries, creditors and sometimes even executors. The guidance and expertise of our Wills and probate solicitors can be invaluable should this arise. A solicitor will take over the estate administration entirely if necessary.

While executors are not paid for their time, the legal fees for this role are available from the estate if a solicitor is chosen to help in the administration of the estate. This legal assistance can be extremely helpful for difficult administration of the estate or where there is a conflict between relatives.

We have over one hundred years of experience at Redkite Solicitors helping people craft a legal Will. Our aim is to make the process as friendly as possible while ensuring that the right advice is given every step of the way. In the end, this ensures that your executors should not face any problems or obstacles in running the assets after you have passed away.

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