Wills, Trusts, Estates & Powers of Attorney

We understand that writing a will or planning for incapacity can often be a difficult, emotional and stressful experience.  We aim to deal with your case sensitively and swiftly.
Our team of specialist lawyers are here to help and being based in the West Midlands we are ideally positioned to provide a fast and efficient service to clients based in Birmingham, Solihull, Bromsgrove, Coventry, Nuneaton and Leamington Spa.

Vienna Kang Advocates provides specialist assistance to families who are either making arrangements for death or incapacity, or following the loss of a loved one. We understand that bereavement is a challenging time or subject for any family, and we understand the need for compassionate specialist advice. Please call us and one of our friendly team will be pleased to help.

Dealing with estates can seem daunting, and there are a number of errors that unwary executors or personal representatives may make, so it is essential that you take expert advice. Wills also provide ample opportunities for asset protection and succession planning. It is also important to ensure that your will accurately reflects your wishes so that the right beneficiaries inherit.

We can provide expert advice in relation to:

  • Wills, including:
    • Simple wills
    • Asset protection wills
    • Succession planning wills
    • Emergency wills
  • Estates
    • Grant applications
    • Full estate administration
    • Ad hoc estate advice
    • Advice on varying estates
  • Foreign Estates
    • Ancillary grant applications and re-seals
    • Foreign domiciled grant applications
  • Trusts
    • Trust administration
    • Appointing new trustees
    • Winding up trusts
  • Powers of Attorney

For an initial chat to see how we can help you, please call our wills, trusts and estates practitioner, Orlando Beckett, on 0121 726 9116 or alternatively email him on O.Beckett@viennakang.co.uk.

Orlando is an Associate Member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners and a Chartered Legal Executive who, since 2014, has acquired substantial experience in all aspects of probate (including foreign-domiciled estates), wills and trusts, high net worth estates, and complex multi-jurisdictional shareholdings. He has a wide range of experience from dealing with asset protection for those seeking to safeguard the family home from care fees, to dealing with complex multijurisdictional property and share portfolios. Orlando is internationally recognised for his work and is recommended by an embassy when its citizens need assistance in relation to their UK-based assets.

Orlando was involved with the initial pilot scheme for the Probate Registry’s online filing system and his feedback highlighted key issues, helping drive improvements to the process.

Orlando has also undertaken training to become a Dementia Friend and regularly liaises with hospital authorities to ensure that client’s needs continue to be met during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Typical Charges:

Our charges for the collection and distribution of assets within the United Kingdom of a person following their death, will depend on the complexity of the estate in an uncontested matter.

In relatively straightforward cases our charges to fully administer an estate are likely to be in the region of £3,000 to £6,000 plus VAT calculated on an hourly rate basis of £195.00 plus VAT per hour. Our charges would cover the contacting of all asset holders, obtaining values at the date of death, preparing the application for the Grant of Probate, encashing the assets, preparing the estate accounts, seeking the beneficiaries approval of the accounts and making payments to them. This process can take between 9 and 12 months from the date of instruction.

In more complex cases requiring the payment of inheritance tax and the involvement of estate agents to sell properties, our charges to fully administer the estate are likely to be in the region of £5,000 to £15,000 plus VAT. Complex estates which contains multiple properties are likely to take between 12 and 18 months to deal with.

Our charges do not include conveyancing costs and any disbursements which may be payable, for example:

  • Probate Application Fee – £155.00 + £3 per copy of the Grant of Probate;
  • Land Registry Searches – £3 plus VAT (£3.60 inc. VAT)
  • Financial Asset Search – £155 plus VAT (£186 inc. VAT)
  • Statutory Advertisements – Costs can vary but these are usually no more than £200 plus VAT (£240.00 inc. VAT)
  • Bankruptcy Searches £2 plus VAT (£2.40 inc. VAT)