Whether your estate is simple, complex, or somewhere in between, our goal is to provide you reasonably priced, efficient, and compassionate service when you are faced with the complicated and confusing decisions that often arise during stressful and traumatic times in your life.
Our team provides a wide range of services in this area, including:
- Advising on the creation of a new will and drafting of same.
- Advising in relation to an existing will and re-drafting where your circumstances and wishes may have changed.
- Extracting the relevant Grants of Representation. Grants of Representation confirms the executor(s) or administrator(s) (collectively referred to as Personal Representatives) have the necessary legal authority to deal with the assets of the Deceased. There are three types of Grants of Representation;
- Grants of Probate- This is used where the Deceased has a valid will and an Executor;
- Grant of Administration with Will Annexed- This is used where the Deceased has a valid will but no Executor;
- Grant of Administration Intestate- This is where the Deceased has no valid will.
- Extracting Grants of Probate. This is the document which confirms that the executors have the necessary authority to deal with the deceased’s assets.
- Extracting Letters of Administration. These letters appoint a person(s) to deal with the deceased’s assets where they have passed away without a valid will (also referred to as intestacy).
- Administering estates once the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration have been extracted.
Trusts and their creation usually occur as a consequence of the drafting a will, and the services of an experienced estate planning solicitor can be invaluable when making a decision about trusts. Where complex, trusts are also created under the guidance of a tax consultant. A trust may be created for many reasons, including the timing of asset distribution or the control of assets for beneficiaries who may not be able to manage them due to age or other factors.
The key to successful planning is taking action as soon as possible, while you’re still alert, aware, and healthy. We can help you develop an estate plan that meets your needs and allows your loved ones to understand your wishes even if it gets to the point when you can no longer communicate with them.