Everyone with any assets or children for whom they wish to appoint a testamentary guardian.
When somebody dies there is often a lot to sort out. Beyond the practicalities of registering the death and arranging the funeral, there are important legal and financial ends to tie up, and that is where we can help.
Probate is the legal name for the right to deal with that person’s estate - their assets and their liabilities. If you have been appointed as executor in the Will or you are one of the closest members of family of the person who has died you may need to take advice because probate can be complex. You will, for instance, need to find out about the value of the person’s possessions and make sure that any Inheritance Tax is paid to HM Revenue and Customs.
Where there is no Will you may need to apply to the court for grant of letters of administration to give you authority to deal with the property. Once you have the court’s permission you will be able take action including selling the person’s home, dealing with their shares and insurance policies and distributing benefits to those entitled to receive them.
At TV Edwards, we’re here to guide you through the process from beginning to end.
Wills and Tax Planning
If you want to know what will happen to your assets after you have died you should make a Will. Where someone dies without having made a Will, their assets may not necessarily be distributed in the way they would have wanted.
We specialise in pre and post-death matters, including:
- preparing Wills, including advising on Inheritance Tax
- preparing trusts, particularly trusts for disabled people
- forming charities
- preparing and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney
- applications to the Court of Protection in the case of mental incapacity
- post-death family arrangements
- applications for grant of letters of administration (where the deceased left no Will) or grant of probate (where the deceased left a Will), including dealing with HM Revenue and Customs requirements
- collecting in and distributing an estate, and preparing final estate accounts
- resolving disputes about Wills or about the management of an estate.
Where Legal Aid is not available we can quote you a competitive fixed price for our work.
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