Wills and Probate
Wills & Probate – Contested Wills
We understand how stressful and difficult it can be to make a Will or applying for Probate so here at Avadis & Co Solicitors we offer a down to earth, practical and friendly service in all matters relating to Wills and Probate including:
- Drafting of Wills
- Administration of Estates
- Executorship of Estates
- Lasting Powers of Attorney
- Contentious probate – if there is a dispute about an estate and court proceedings are necessary.
Our team of solicitors includes Mr Avadis who has 35 years’ experience in this area of work and other solicitors with a high level of experience and expertise. We pride ourselves in providing a personalised service listening to your specific family needs and financial arrangements by helping you plan for the future and protect your loved ones for the future offering you peace of mind.
Drafting of Wills
Knowing that your wishes will be carried out after your death can help bring you peace of mind. Speak to one of our solicitors to obtain legal advice on drafting your Will to ensure that your possessions (and property) are distributed in the way that you wish after you die or updating your Will if you have had any major life changes (divorce/marriage/children etc);Your Will can be prepared and witnessed during your meeting. Mutual Wills – where a couple both make Wills at the same time – can be arranged and discounts are offered in this connection.
Administration / Executorship of Estates
An Executor (or Personal Representative) is responsible for carrying out the wishes of the deceased as set out in the Will. They have a duty to ‘protect’ the assets until all taxes/debts have been paid, then to honour any bequests. Executors must be highly trustworthy and the assistance of wills and probate solicitors in the tasks can often be invaluable. Mr Avadis can also act as Executor if you wish to appoint him in your Will – or simply advise you.
Probate is the process by which the administration of an estate takes place by giving the executor the legal right to distribute the estate. If a will has been prepared by specialist wills and probate solicitors, then the process should be quite simple. If not, or if the estate is large or complex, an executor may need the help of specialist wills and probate solicitors. We understand the difficultly of processing the loss of a loved one and how it is can be challenging to have to then apply for the legal right to deal with their estate (possessions, property and money). At Avadis & Co. Solicitors we offer an efficient and friendly service to ease the process of estate administration whether your role is the Executor or Administrator (personal representatives) and whether or not the deceased left a Will. We can also assist with preparation of tax forms as well as the application for Probate.
The same process will apply where there is no Will and therefore there is an intestacy and Letters of Administration are required instead of Probate.
Inheritance Tax/ Capital Gains
This is a tax calculated on the value of an estate and is a complex issue that requires specialist advice. There are several exemptions that apply and forward planning is essential. When making a will, steps can be taken to legally minimize the liability of the estate. We can assist you in this connection by reference to Accountancy services.
These will depend upon the complexity of the will and the size of the estate but our rates are highly competitive.