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Guyana Probate of Wills, Administration of Estates and Resealing Lawyer

Wills and Probate - The Law Chambers of Jamela A. Ali, Attorney at Law, can prepare your Will to ensure you leave your property, money, shares and other assets to the people you want and to carry out your instructions.

The Law Chambers of Jamela A. Ali, Attorney at Law, offers services for the Probate of Wills and Administration of Estates of deceased persons. This involves obtaining Grants of Representation from the High Court for Probates, Letters of Administration with Will annexed, Letters of Administration and Resealing of Probates of the estates of deceased persons.  

The Guyana Probate and Administration laws are set out in The Laws of Guyana Revised Edition LRO 2012 in the following Acts:

  • Deceased Persons' Estate Administration Cap. 12:01, Volume 4
  • Family and Dependants Provision Cap. 12:24, Volume 5
  • Wills Cap, 12:02, Volume 4
  • Civil Law of Guyana Cap. 6:01, Volume 2.

Probates

Probate is the legal process that takes place after someone dies testate, that is, leaving a Will. It involves the judicial determination of whether a Will is valid and the process of settling or administering an estate. The Executor or Executrix named in the Will is in charge of the process and must list and obtain a valuation of the assets of the deceased person, pay debts, taxes and estate expenses and distribute assets to the beneficiaries according to the instructions in the Will.

Letters of Administration with Will annexed

This grant of representation is obtained where a person dies leaving a Will, but did not apoint a personal representative or Executor or where the Executor named in the Will is for some reason unwilling or unable to Act or is abroad.

Letters of Administration is the legal process that takes place after someone dies intestate, that is, without leaving a Will. The High Court appoints an Administrator or Administratrix to settle or administer the estate.The Court may appoint relatives of the deceased in order of their entitlement to the property of the estate. That person is in charge of the process and must list and obtain a valuation of the assets of the deceased person, pay debts, taxes and estate expenses and distribute assets.

The documents required in applying for Probate include:

  • Original Last Will and Testament
  • Original or certified copy of Death Certificate
  • List of assets and liabilities (title documents)
  • Certificate of Valuation (immovable property and vehicles) from the Govt Chief Valuation Officer
  • Oath of Executor/ix
  • *Certificate (Estate Duty) of Proper Officer from the Guyana Revenue Authority
  • Affidavit of one attesting witness of Will; if the deceased signed by thumb print, affidavit of both witnesses are required.      
  • For Letters of Administration with Will annexed - Power of Attorney

The documents required in applying for Letters of Administration include:

  • Original or certified copy of Death Certificate
  • List of assets and liabilities (title documents)
  • Certificate of Valuation (immovable property and vehicles) from the Govt Chief Valuation Officer
  • Oath of Administrator/ix
  • *Certificate (Estate Duty) of proper officer from the Guyana Revenue Authority
  • Administrator's Bond or Consents from Beneficiaries
  • Proof of relationship-Marriage/ Birth certificates, etc.


RESEALING of a Probate or Letters of Administration

A notice of resealing has to be advertised in the Official Gazette of Guyana. The Application to Reseal may be filed two weeks after the said advertisement. The application can be made by a power of attorney duly appointed in Guyana.

The documents required are: 
1. Death Certificate - Certified copy by a Notary Public
2. Certified and true copy of the Probate and Will or Letters of Administration. 
3. List of assets and liabilities (title documents)
4.Certificate of Valuation (immovable property and vehicles) from the Govt Chief Valuation Officer
5. Oath of Administrator/ix
6. *Certificate (Estate Duty) of proper officer from the Guyana Revenue Authority
7. Copy of valid passport page with signature and photo of the applicant

Time - Probate, Letters of Administration and Resealing take about 3-5 months


*The Estate Duty Certificate is issued by the Guyana Revenue Authority as evidence of payment of estate duty calculated at 0.5% of the gross value of the estate.

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Testmonials by clients

In 2016, I needed legal representation in an estate matter and after doing some research, I decided to retain Ms Jamela Ali. This was one of the best decisions I ever made. Ms Ali and staff were always courteous, efficient and professional in our business meetings. I am pleased to acknowledge that the outcome of my matter was very successful and I have no reservation in recommending Ms Jamela Ali to anyone who is in need of an honest, competent and professional lawyer.
Oliver Basdeo
Georgetown, Guyana - 3 April 2017

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Recently we retained Ms Jamela Ali to help us with preparing our Will and completing a real estate transaction. It was a very good choice She completed our work in a timely manner and helped us identify and consider our many choices. Throughout the process she remained objective and professional, always looking out for our interests.
We would recommend Ms Ali to anyone in Guyana seeking efficient, knowledgeable professional help in estate planning, real estate, or nearly any legal question.
Richard and Ramatee Charan
Guyana & USA - 21 January 2017

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Ms. Jamela Ali is an exceptional wills and estate lawyer. Her professionalism and knowledge were evident at our first meeting. Ms. Ali guided us through our estate planning and made the best recommendations for our circumstances.
Without hesitation, we would recommend Ms. Ali to anyone who is planning their estate and in the market for a knowledgeable wills and estate lawyer.
C. and J. Persaud
Canada - July, 2016

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"My family resides abroad. While researching lawyers that handle probate matters in Guyana, my family came across attorney Jamela Ali. We decided to consult with her via email to learn about the Probate laws of Guyana. We received prompt responses from Ms. Ali and her staff, especially Trudy, clearly detailing the steps necessary in handling our matter. From this, we were confident in her legal expertise on this matter and decided to go with her team. Jamela and her team gave us a thorough breakdown of the process and gave us realistic estimations as to the length of the entire Probate process. We were kept informed every step of the way. At the end of the process, which was complete faster than expected, Ms. Ali and  her team delivered above and beyond our expectations. We are proud to recommend Jamela Ali's services to any Guyanese at home or abroad. Thank you Jamela for your courtesy and professionalism."
Dwight S.
New York, USA
March 2016

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I reside in the UK and my mother and I needed the services of a Guyanese lawyer to probate my grandfather's will. He died over 20 years ago so we were expecting this to be extremely difficult. I found Jamela's details online and contacted her by email. I got an immediate response and she set out clearly the services she could provide.
From this reply I felt confident that we had found the right person and now just a few months later the probate has been completed satisfactorily. Throughout the process we were kept fully informed and all emails were responded to promptly, usually on the same day. I cannot recommend Jamela and her staff highly enough and would not hesitate to to use her services again for any other legal matters.
Denise Semple
United Kingdom
7 December 2015

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Ms Jamela A. Ali, LLM, Attorney at Law, provides legal services in Contract Negotiations, Mining Law & Agreements, Conveyancing, Property matters, Trademarks & Patents, Adoption of Children, Divorces, Probates of Wills and Administration, Money Claims, Formation of Companies, Mediation, and Real Estate.

Ms Jamela A Ali made special studies in Legislative Drafting, obtained a Masters of Law degree from UWI, Barbados, which included the Public Law courses of Constitutional and Administrative Law and wrote a Research Paper on Legislative Drafting, Parliamentary Counsel, Statute Law Revision, Consolidation of Laws, Law Reform, Constitution, Natural Justice, and Good Administration.

Ms Jamela A. Ali is also a Trademark and Patent Agent, a Notary Public and a Trained Mediator.


For further information, here are the contact details:

Contact person:     Ms. Jamela A Ali, LLB (Hons)(UWI), LEC, LLM (Legislative Drafting)(UWI)

Office Address:     Lot 1 Croal Street, Stabroek, Georgetown
                           Guyana (br), South America

Telephone number:+592 225 4712  

Emails:                 jamelalawyer11@yahoo.com

                           jamelaali@gmail.com

Website:               www.GuyaneseLawyer.com

 

 

 



 

 

 

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