We recommend that everyone has a Will, regardless of age, health or level of assets. There are strict rules for the drafting of a Will to ensure that it is valid. We want to ensure that your Estate will be distributed in accordance with your wishes.

A Will doesn’t have to solely focus on the distribution of your assets; you can also provide for your funeral arrangements. We appreciate that it can be daunting to think about life after your death, so we can provide delicate advice in a caring and supportive manner. Our staff have over 50 years’ experience in drafting Wills to suit the needs of our Clients.

We provide a questionnaire which allows you to consider all matters relating to your Estate. Don’t delay, create your Will today! There may be discounts for existing Clients that have used our services in the last two years!

Probate

We understand the support that our Clients need during bereavement and the complexity of Probate as it may involve both legal and non legal issues such as property, tax, business or complex relationship settings, it could be overwhelming for individuals to deal with while grieving the death of a loved one. We respect the delicate nature of Probate and we devote our time to assist our Clients through the process by giving a detailed explanation of the Probate process in simple terms with no legal jargon.

We provide regular updates to carry our Clients along in the Probate process and our terms of costs are adequately itemised to provide you with a clear idea of Probate costs and associated fees. Based on the deceased persons’ Estate, we can administer Estates on fixed Probate Fee basis.

We provide support, care and guidance through the Probate process and we can assist with obtaining information about the deceased’s Estate, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have all the details of the deceased’s Estate to hand when you call us because we will help you.

Our legal team can take care of everything involved in the probate process; including, but not limited to:

  • Dealing with funeral arrangements
  • Registering death
  • Applying for a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration
  • Collection of assets and distribution of the Estate
  • Sorting out inheritance tax and other Estate’s liabilities
  • Dealing with disputes between beneficiaries
  • Contention of Probate
  • International Estate Administration and Resealing of Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from outside the EU
  • We can act as Executors or Personal representative of an Estate if you as a named Executor or Personal representative are in no position to act

Whether we store your Will, you have it with you or it is with another firm, we can assist you, so feel free to give us a call on 0191 378 7620.

Trusts

As our population increases in age, so too do the risks of dementia and the ability to correctly judge your own needs on occasions.

Trusts are a great way of managing your assets and can be created in a Will or put in operation during your lifetime as it is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a third party, or trustees, to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trusts can be arranged in many ways and can specify exactly how and when the assets pass to the beneficiaries.

There are different purposes for setting up a Trust; you may wish to ensure that a disabled relative can benefit from funds in your lifetime or after death. You may also wish to provide for a person without the risk of their state benefits being affected.

Trusts set-up can be complex or simple; nevertheless, we can provide advice tailored to your needs.

Since trusts usually avoid Probate, your beneficiaries may gain access to these assets more quickly than they might to assets that are transferred using a Will. Additionally, if it is an irrevocable trust, it may not be considered part of the taxable estate, so fewer taxes may be due upon your death.

Assets in a trust may also be able to pass outside of probate, saving time, court fees, and potentially reducing Estate taxes as well.

If you have created Discretionary Trust in a previous Will to protect your main home, due to legislative changes coming into effect in April 2017, such Discretionary Trust may not be necessary.

Get in touch with us to check the terms of your Will.

Powers of Attorney and Deputyships

It is important that we make plans for the future. A Lasting Power of Attorney, regularly abbreviated to LPA, enables a specified person to make decisions on your behalf. There are two separate applications:

  1. Property and Financial Affairs
  2. Health and Welfare

The identity of the attorney is to be determined by you. Although we may be instructed to make the applications, it does not mean that your solicitor will be the person making the decisions on your behalf. It is common for a child, sibling or friend to be appointed, but again, it is down to you.

A deputyship is for those individuals who have lost mental capacity and are not quite capable of making their own decisions at certain times where they need to be made. The individual may have lost capacity through, for example:

  1. Serious brain injury
  2. Dementia
  3. Severe learning difficulties

As a Deputy, you would be authorised by the Court of Protection to make decisions on the person’s behalf. As with Lasting Powers of Attorney, there are two types of Deputy:

  1. Property and financial affairs, for example: paying bills and organising a person’s pension
  2. Personal welfare, for example: making decisions about medical treatment or how someone is to be looked after.

These applications and decisions are not made lightly and we are here to guide you through the process with care and precision.

Riley Langdon Wills & Probate Team

  • Kemi Ajayi

    Kemi Ajayi

    BL, LLB, LLM

    Partner - Solicitor

    T. 0191 378 7620

    E. Email

  • Tracey Jackson

    Tracey Jackson

    L.APLL

    Conveyancing Executive

    T. 0191 378 7620

    E. Email

  • Callum Thomson

    Callum Thomson

    LLB (Hons) MLaw (Exempting)

    Solicitor

    T. 0191 378 7620

    E. Email

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