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Deeds of Variation

Solicitors in Essex & London

A Deed of Variation allows the beneficiaries of a deceased’s estate to alter the distribution of the estate, or relinquish a bequest from an estate by changing the deceased’s Will.

The effect of a Deed of Variation is that the original beneficiary can redistribute the entitlement to another party without any tax consequences to themselves. Our probate solicitors in Essex and London are well-versed in making applications for Deeds of Variation and are able to offer expert legal advice relating to this area of probate law.

A Deed of Variation may be required to achieve one of the following outcomes:

  • Reduce the amount of Inheritance or Capital Gains Tax payable
  • Provide for someone who was left out of the Will
  • Move the deceased’s assets into a trust
  • Clear up any uncertainty over the will
  • Vary the will after settlement of a claim

The Deed must be completed within 2 years of the death, and, to be valid, the Deed must be signed by all executors and beneficiaries as outlined in the original Will.

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Find out more with a free initial Deeds of Variation consultation

If you would like more advice on making a Deed of Variation, please contact our contested Probate and Wills experts in Essex and London for a free initial consultation - call to make an appointment at one of our offices located in BrentwoodUpminster and Hornchurch, or at our office facilities in Leigh-On-Sea and Canary Wharf.*

*Free appointments are only available at our main offices in Upminster, Brentwood and Hornchurch and are not available in cases where proceedings have been issued.

Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we are currently offering appointments by telephone and some video calling services. Our offices are also open with comprehensive safety measures in place.

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