Wills & Probate

Wills and Probate

At Starck Uberoi, we understand how important it is that yours and your loved ones’ final wishes are carried out after death. Our Wills and Probate department have received accreditation by WIQS (the Wills and Quality Scheme) and can also assist with contested wills and probate.

Our Wills and Probate department is led by one of our five partners and former partner of Rae Nemazee LLP, Susan Rae. Susan’s extensive experience has allowed us to refine our Will and Probate services to the highest standard. She can assist with anything from straightforward will drafting to complicated Private Client matters, which she specialises in.

Susan Rae

Wills

A well-written Last Will and Testament is essential to make sure your money, property and possessions are handled as according to your wishes in the event of your death. Regardless of your age or how healthy you are, it is always wise to have a will prepared, in order to grant you peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of in the event of your death.

Having a valid Will prepared ensures that:

  • Your estate goes to your loved ones rather than to the treasury.

  • Your property is distributed by those who you trust in the manner that you want it to be, rather than dictated by the rules of intestacy.

  • If you are unmarried, that your partner and any step-children can easily inherit from you rather than having to battle for financial support from the courts.

  • A family run business is kept within the family and passed on to those of your choice, with potential tax advantages.

  • Your beneficiaries do not have to pay extortionate amounts of inheritance tax

  • Your wishes for your remains are upheld, be it cremation, burial or medical research. You may even apportion part of your property to assist with the costs of this.

Our Will specialists understand the complex processes involved in creating a Will and therefore aim to simplify the law in this area, providing you with a Will which is tailored to your specific needs. See our blog post on The Fundamentals of Drafting a Will for an idea of what you need to cover in your Will.

It is vital to ensure that your will is frequently updated; if you have divorced, remarried, experienced a significant financial change or had a change in your relationships, then your estate may be distributed in a way you wouldn’t want. We at Starck Uberoi advise that you check your will at least every five years, and get in contact with us as soon as possible following any significant changes in your life.

For an appointment with one of our Wills and Probate Lawyers, speak to us on 0208 840 6640 or email us at solicitor@starckuberoi.co.uk.

Probate

Probate is the legal process by which an individual’s estate is handled as according to their will, or as according to the rules of intestacy if they died without a valid will. A full description of the different tasks that constitute probate can be found in our Guide to Probate for Executors and Administrators.

After reporting your loved one’s death, you will need to apply for a Grant of Probate if you have been named as an executor in the will, or Grant of Letters of Administration if they did not leave a valid will behind. We at Starck Uberoi will advise our clients immediately where a grant of representation is required and can help you apply.

If your loved one did not leave a will behind, they are considered to have died “intestate” and their estate will be distributed as according to the laws of intestacy. Their estate will still need to be administered by a close family member, which can be difficult without a will to follow. Additionally, sometimes the rules of intestacy can exclude certain people important to the deceased, such as unmarried partners or step-children – we can advise on scenarios such as this and help ensure everyone is provided for. See our page on contested wills and probate for more.

Managing a loved one’s estate is a complicated and draining process, especially while you’re grieving. We can offer as much support as you need, from applying for Grant of Representation at the registry office to full administration of an estate. Fulfilling your loved one’s wishes will always be our priority.

Free Will Services in Support of Cancer Research UK and Amnesty International

At Starck Uberoi, we wholeheartedly support the amazing human rights work carried out by Amnesty International, as well as the incredible research done by Cancer Research UK. On this basis, our firm offers free will services through Cancer Research UK’s free wills scheme and Amnesty International’s Free Wills Service. Although not obligatory, we encourage clients using these services to leave a legacy gift in their will, in order to help these brilliant charities continue their work.

Private Client Services

As originally said by Benjamin Franklin, life’s only two certainties are death and taxes. Unsurprisingly then, there is always a need for advice in this area.

Individual clients, business owners and families have always been at the heart of our practice. We recognise that our clients’ needs are diverse, which is why our Private Client department go the extra mile to truly understand our client’s affairs before providing bespoke legal solutions designed to provide long-term benefits. Some of our clients need one-off guidance, but many frequently instruct us throughout their lifetimes to provide reliable advice on their personal matters.

We guide clients through the challenges of managing their wealth as it and the world evolves. We remain alert to legal developments in the UK and overseas, and put our own research and thinking at your disposal. Our private client practice utilise the varied collective knowledge of our specialist solicitors to assist our clients with mitigating tax, structuring their affairs, preserving their property and passing their property onto successors.

Our aim is to provide you with a cohesive, comprehensive and workable framework for the management of your assets, working alongside your and our other professional advisers as needed. Whether you require advice on tax, commerce or the orderly transfer of your wealth to the next generation (or any combination of these), we will guide you smoothly through the process.

An individual or family can come to Starck Uberoi confident that they will receive the highest standard of professional advice across a range of practice areas. We are renowned for our open and pragmatic approach, and our capability to provide straightforward solutions to even the most complicated of matters.

Book an Appointment Today

For an appointment with one of our Wills and Probate Specialists, please contact us on 020 8840 6640 or at solicitor@starckuberoi.co.uk. Our offices are located in Brentford, Ealing, London Victoria and Canterbury, and are all easily accessible via public transport. Our partner, Raminder Singh Uberoi, can also provide a Notary Public service at any of our offices.

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