Many people do not have a will. Whilst the law makes provision for people who die without a will the fact remains that the scheme of division set down to cover this may result in your estate being distributed in a way you had neither considered, intended nor wished for. In addition in the absence of a will someone will (in most cases) need to be appointed by the court to administer your affairs following your death. This can be both stressful and an additional financial burden on your family. In other circumstances you may have set ideas as to how you wish your estate distributed and by whom. In these circumstances you should make a will to ensure your wishes are recorded.
Our solicitors can advise you on making a will to suit your requirements.
If you have recently lost a family member then whether they made a will appointing you the executor or you are the next of kin it can fall on you to wind up their estate. Depending on the size and nature of their estate this can be anything from fairly straightforward to very complex. The Sheriff Clerk’s Office of your local Sheriff Court can assist in many ways with this process but in certain circumstances you may feel it is necessary to engage the services of a solicitor to help you through this process particularly at what can be a difficult and emotional time.
Where no will was left or an appointed executor has predeceased without an alternate being appointed there may be a need to have an executor appointed by the court and we can assist with this. Sometimes additional insurance is needed. In some cases there may be a need to complete full returns to the revenue and pay Inheritance Tax and we can help you with the completion of the relevant forms.
We are happy to assist you with amassing of all the information needed to administer the estate the completion of the forms and the application for confirmation and the ingathering of the estate and distribution of the funds in accordance with the terms of the will or the relevant statutory provisions.
Powers of Attorney
Many people do not consider that they need a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney is a document which basically authorises one or more people to deal with your personal, financial or welfare affairs on your behalf and can make life easier should you become unable or less inclined to do so yourself.
The appointment of an Attorney does not mean that you give up the authority to deal with your own affairs, but rather ensures that there is somebody else who is authorised to deal with financial or welfare matters on your behalf should the need arise.
For more information please contact us.
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