James A. Boyle & Co. Solicitors
James A. Boyle & Co. Solicitors provides clients with the very best in professional and highly efficient Will, Probate and Power of Attorney legal services. Our expert solicitors combine years of practical experiences and in-depth knowledge of the Irish legal system to provide comprehensive and appropriate legal advice and support.
We understand that every client's needs are different and we tailor our approach to address your specific situation. Planning your future can seem a daunting and oftentimes complicated task. Our goal here at James. A Boyle & Co. is to minimise the stress and offer clear and supportive advice.
We have extensive experience in drafting wills. Our team is here to help our clients draft a will that best reflects their wishes. Drafting a Will is the best way to guarantee that your assets are distributed according to your wishes and can help prevent stress and arguments amongst your loved ones in the event of your passing.
Executing a will, also known as Probate, can often be a long and drawn-out process as this includes the proper distribution of the deceased's assets according to the Will. However, here at James A. Boyle & Co. Solicitors, we have streamlined the Probate process and our years of experience and expertise means that we can settle these matters as quickly as possible while minimising stress inflicted on the family.
Probate can be a relatively simple process once there is a Will. If the deceased does not have a Will then dividing their assets can become a more complicated process, known as Administration of Estate. Usually, the closest family member is appointed the Administrator and it is their responsibility to deal with the estate in accordance with the Succession Act, 1965. This involves identifying the various assets, getting control of these assets, paying any liabilities and debt, and distributing assists to beneficiaries.
Our expert team of solicitors can assist you with all aspects of Administration of Estates. We will help guide you through this process ensuring you understand all of your responsibilities and obligations and offer practical and reliable support.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document which gives a named person control over your assets, property, and personal care in the event that you develop a mental incapacity. The document lays out the different powers this person will have and in what capacity they can act and make decisions on your behalf. Just like with your Will, having a Power of Attorney can make life much easier for your loved ones in the future.
James A. Boyle & Co. Solicitors has decades of experience helping clients draft Enduring Power of Attorney documents. These documents are multi-faceted and contain a lot of information and legal technicalities. Our goal is to explain the different elements of the document as well as what the legal ramifications are to you in a simple and easily understood manner. We have streamlined this process and guarantee that you receive legal advice and support that is appropriate to you and your situation.
Why should I make a Will?
The main purpose of a Will is to ensure that your wishes are carried out upon you death. It outlines who will receive your assets, who will or will not receive inheritance, who will take over ownership of property, if a gift or donation is to be given to charity, etc. Additionally, a Will may highlight non-financial wishes, such as who will take guardianship of your children, if you wish to donate your organs, funeral wishes, etc. Without a your estate will be distributed in line with the Succession Act, 1965.
What is the difference between Probate and Administration of an Estate?
Probate is the legal process that takes place after a death where the deceased had a Will. It involves proving in court that the deceased’s Will is valid, which is usually a very routine matter. If there is no Will, then this process is called Administration of Estate. Family members of the deceased will generally request a grant of Administration to prevent the assets being distributed in accordance with the Succession Act, 1965.
Who can act as my Enduring Power of Attorney?
You can choose anyone you trust to be your Power of Attorney, once they have the mental capacity to do so. This can be a solicitor, partner, relative, or friend. If your Power of Attorney will be dealing with property and financial affairs then the Attorney must be over 18 years of age. You can even appoint multiple people to act as your POA. However, you must specify very clearly in the document whether they can act individually or jointly and what their different functions are.