Wills & Probate Solicitors Whitland

It’s difficult to picture what life is going to be like once you’re gone, and most of us would rather not think about it. Unfortunately, for the friends and family that you leave behind, this can make a difficult situation even more complicated and upsetting, if you have not left behind a valid legal Will. Redkite solicitors can advise and help you draft a Will that expresses your particular wishes for dealing with your assets.

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You should get competent legal advice on creating and leaving a Will stating your wishes for your assets and possessions when you die to ensure that your money is handled exactly as you intend and that your loved ones are appropriately cared for.

Many people assume that when they die, everything they own would simply be passed down to their family, but this is not the case.

Why should you choose Redkite?

At Redkite, our diligent Wills & Probate Team believes that a little planning goes a long way. With our committed support, Redkite solicitors assure you, that your desires will be fulfilled in accordance with your instructions after you have passed away, and that your family members will get exactly what you have left them.

When it comes to producing a Will or winding up an estate, every case is unique. Our specialists will always tailor our recommendations to fit individual needs. Therefore, whether you are a business owner, an executive, a homeowner, a parent or have considerable financial assets, our solicitors will identify your specific wishes and expectations and provide counsel that better suits you.

When a circumstance calls for additional guidance, we will seek expert advice and confer with independent financial consultants to build a plan for you, your family, and friends.

We can help 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

Speak with one of our professional Wills and Probate attorneys for advice on the best course of action.

Call 01994 240 305 or send an email using the form below.

 

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.

Powers of Attorney

At Redkite Solicitors Whitland, our committed staff specialise in planning for the future. By providing Power of Attorney, They assist customers in safeguarding their assets and well-being against the effects of ageing, degenerative illnesses, long-term sickness, and mental incapacity. Individuals who will be abroad of the nation for an extended length of time, such as those in the armed forces, often have Powers of Attorney in place.

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

Deputyship

Our staff focuses a strong emphasis on assisting our clients through their most trying moments. With a team of devoted Deputyship Solicitors on your side, you can rest easy knowing that your loved ones’ financial affairs and overall care are in good hands.

Wills and Probate FAQs

Is a Will Required for Everyone?

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Simply put, yes. A Will establishes your final wishes and indicates clearly how you want your assets to be distributed between your beneficiaries. Without a legitimate Will, it is the duty of the state to make such choices, and the things you've worked incredibly hard for can wind up with a relative you never met, instead of those you'd like to receive your assets.

You can also provide specific instructions on funeral arrangements, such as whether you prefer to have a cremation or burial. A Will guarantees that your assets are allocated to family, acquaintances or charities, as you wanted them to be.

What is a valid Will?

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A Will is not binding unless it has been signed; furthermore, there are certain guidelines on the signing of the Will that must be followed in order to make sure that it is legitimate. An example of a rule is that a witness cannot be a beneficiary of the Will in question. It is important to know and abide by these rules, or else the entire of the Will could be considered to be null and void or the details to be contested.

Who are the Executors of the Will?

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The Will states the identities of the individuals who will fulfil your wishes and manage your estate. Their responsibility is to see that all beneficiaries obtain their requests and to cover any costs on the estate, such as unpaid utility bills and funeral costs. Such people are called executors as they are the ones who execute your instructions.

Executors are typically friends or relatives, or they can be your Solicitor (pick someone you trust trust completely). Depending on the size of the estate, the Will may select up to four executors. There is a rule of one executor, but most of them will appoint two. The Solicitor may provide more advice to the client on suitable executors while deciding on the Will.

What is Probate?

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Probate is the term for the entire process of managing the estate of an individual upon their demise. The procedures will differ due to various factors such as the assets, whether there are creditors and the number of recipients in the Will. There are a series of measures specific to each 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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That depends on the size and nature of the estate and the Will. The average amount of time for a legitimate Will and a straightforward estate probate is about six to nine months. Unfortunately, disputes often occur. They may be between beneficiaries, creditors and often also between executors. A solicitor’s counsel and probate experience may be crucial if this occurs. When required, the solicitor can take full care of the administration of the estate.

Although executors are not compensated for their time, when a solicitor is designated to assist the administration of the estate, professional expenses for this service are compensated from the estate. Such legal assistance may be extremely helpful to the difficult management of property, or where there is a dispute between families.

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