The specialists at Duncan & Toplis provide legal and probate services, such as Wills, Inheritance Tax, Lasting Power of Attorney, and more.

Support when you need it

Our legal and probate specialists know that when you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, you don't need the added complication of trying to understand the complexities of administrating and distributing an estate.

From collecting in of the assets to ensuring compliance for Inheritance Tax, our team will work with you to establish the best solution for your personal circumstances, offering a combination of services to help you to administer an estate yourself or to take on the burden completely.

We also offer services to safeguard your future, including; Will Writing, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deeds of Revocation and Trust Deeds.

Choose Duncan & Toplis as your trusted legal services partner.

Why use our probate services?

We are on hand to help navigate you through the administration of estates and deal with assets as quickly and painlessly as possible - whether we are acting as professional representatives or assisting executors of an estate.

The team takes pride in enabling our clients to better understand Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and probate so they can proceed with confidence.

We can assist with a wide range of probate services, including:

  • Advising executors throughout on matters required to protect them against claims as a result of the estate administration.
  • Applying for a grant of probate or letters of administration
  • Calculating liability to inheritance tax
  • Collecting in of the assets
  • Distribution of estate to all beneficiaries
  • Ensuring completion and submission of inheritance tax returns
  • Estate administration
  • Preparation of estate accounts

Deed of Variation

Wills and probate are a complex area of the law which can have a profound effect on relatives of the deceased. Our experts have years of experience in assisting families through what can be a very difficult time - particularly if a Will isn’t clear or if a member of the family hasn’t been accounted for.

In these circumstances, we can help you create a Deed of Variation, which can be prepared before or after the Grant of Probate has been obtained but must be within two years of the date of death of the deceased.

A Will is usually clear as to the deceased’s intentions about how their Estate, including property, money and any other items, should be distributed, however there may be circumstances where the beneficiaries of the Will may wish to change this.

However, if a Deed of Variation impacts someone under the age of 18, then it is not possible to fulfil the change as minors cannot legally agree to a Deed of Variation.

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