Wills and Probate Solicitors

As we get older it is crucially important that we prepare a Legally Binding Will. This is to ensure that all of our wishes are met, our loved ones and beneficiaries receive exactly what we want them to. Redkite Solicitors can provide you with the important and necessary legal advice needed for preparing and leaving a Will, one which will clearly and legally detail your wishes for your properties and possessions, upon your passing.

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More than half of the adult population in the United Kingdom are without a Will. This means that the Government can take hold of your assets. This means that your loved ones, who are grieving for you, will be expected to spend time and money on sorting out your finances after you have passed.

Some assume that everything they own would naturally be passed to their family when they die, but unfortunately this is not the case.

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Why choose Redkite?

Our expert Wills & Probate Team at Redkite Solicitors Ledbury, agree that a little planning will go a long way. You can have total peace of mind, with our dedicated support, ensuring that your wishes, after passing, are met. Your loved ones get exactly what you want to leave them.

It is essential that you make time to meet a solicitor and draft a legally binding Will. When a person passes away without having left clear instructions and arrangements, relatives must deal both with the distress of the bereavement and the legal issues. No-one wants their loved ones to suffer and, at the same moment, to cope with confusion and immediate financial tension.

For more than a century, we’ve helped people write their Wills and plan their futures. Between a few thousand pounds and millions of pounds, equity options and large property holdings, we’ve seen every scenario and every type of estate. Our dedicated team have the expertise you need to create a Will that clearly sets out your desires and is both legally binding and demanding.

Our Redkite Solicitors team are professional and approachable, offering accessible service to all of their clients. If you are unable to attend our offices, we will schedule a call to your home or hospital. 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

Please contact us today to speak to one of our Wills and Probate Expert Solicitors who can inform you on the best way ahead.

Call us on 01531 632 226 or complete online enquiry form.

Why you should have a will

Clearly you need a valid legally binding Will, so you can be confident that the things you’ve worked hard for over the years, are going to those who have been the most important to you, throughout your life.

To give you peace of mind, your dedicated team of Redkite Solicitors are prepared to provide expert advice on Wills and Probate, Tax Planning and Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney. With plans in place, you can be assured that your last wishes will be fulfilled exactly as you would want them to be.

Everyone is unique, so every Will and estate is going to be unique. We ensure that our expert advice is tailored to the needs of each client. No matter what your personal circumstances, your unique interests 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 advice given by Redkite Solicitors is customised to your specific situation.

Powers of Attorney

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

Deputyship

Our professional solicitors place great emphasis on helping clients through the most difficult times of their lives. With a team of dedicated solicitors, you will have the peace of mind that your loved one’s financial affairs and general welfare will be secured irrespective of what happens to you.

We have over a hundred years of experience with Redkite Solicitors helping people to create a legal Will. Our aim is to make the process as friendly as possible, while at the same time ensuring that every step of the way is given the best pragmatic advice. This means that your executors may not encounter any challenges or difficulties in managing your assets after you have passed away.

Contact our professional legal team and get guidance and practical help in the planning of your will.

Call us on 01531 632 226 or complete online enquiry form.

Wills and Probate FAQs

Does everyone need a Will?

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Yes. A Will sets out your last desires and makes it clear how you want your assets shared between your beneficiaries. Without a legitimate Will, it is the responsibility of the government to make those decisions, so the things you've fought so hard for could end up with a relative you've never met, rather than who you'd like to inherit your assets.

What is a valid Will?

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A Will is not valid unless it has been signed; however, there are certain rules on the signing of the Will that must be observed in order to ensure that it is valid. An example is that a witness cannot be a beneficiary of the Will. It is important to know and abide by these laws, else the whole Will could be considered to be invalid or the contents to be challenged.

Who are the Executors of the Will?

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The Will outlines the names of the people who will comply with your desires and manage your assets. Their function is to ensure that all beneficiaries receive their payments and pay all costs, such as outstanding utility bills and funeral expenses, from the estate. Such people are called executors as they follow the instructions.

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

Keeping the Will Safe and Updated

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Place your Will in a secure, but accessible location, such as with your executors or family. We at Redkite Solicitors will offer to keep your Will safe, 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 making any changes due to changes in circumstances. These issues could be the breakup of marriage, having children or moving home.

Minor changes are made to a Will with a codicil. A new will is required for any major changes. Consult with your solicitor who can inform you on what course of action is required, particularly when you get divorced or consider marriage.

What is Probate?

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Probate is the term for the entire process of handling an individual's estate after they have passed. Depending on factors such as the property, whether there are lenders and the number of beneficiaries in the Will, the procedure will be different. 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 average probate period with a legitimate Will and a clear estate is about six to nine months. Sadly, conflicts often occur. These may be between recipients, investors, and sometimes even executors. The guidance and expertise of our Wills and Probate Solicitors may be invaluable, should this arise. If necessary, the solicitor will take over the administration of the estate entirely.

Although executors are not charged for their services, legal fees for this position are accessible from the estate where a solicitor is selected to help in the management of the estate. This legal assistance may be of great help to the complicated management of the estate or where there is a dispute between families.

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