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Guyana Probate of Wills, Administration of Estates and Resealing Lawyer


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Despite Covid pandemic, FOR LEGAL SERVICES Tel. +592-225-4712
Whats app message +592-696-2435
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Wills and Probates - Jamela Ali Law Firm can prepare your Will to ensure you leave your property, money, shares and other assets to the persons you wish and to carry out your instructions.

Services are provided 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. scrool down for other services 

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

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

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 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, affidavits 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 now takes several 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

"I was in need of a lawyer in Guyana to help us deal with the Guyana Courts after my mother passed and we needed to change ownership of her Guyanese assets according to her will. We found Jamela's firm on the internet and she responded immediately to our request for help. Jamela and her assistant extraordinare, Trudy, guided us through Power of Attorney requirements  and resealing the will in Guyana High Court and GRA. The process took longer than anticipated due to Covid government office closures but Trudy was always responsive to any questions and kept us apprised regularly on progress. We always felt confident we were in good hands and moving forward. 
Jamela and Trudy are extremely competent and professional. What impressed me the most is how responsive they are to any emails or Whatsapp communication. I would recommend them to anyone needing legal services in Guyana. Thank you Jamela and Trudy for all your help. "
G. Hew
Canada - June 2021

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"Three years ago, when my mom had recently died, I needed a lawyer to explain the processes involved in probating her will. While researching lawyers online that handle probate matters in Guyana, I came across attorney Ms. Jamela Ali. I was impressed with her profile and decided to contact her in person to learn more about the Probate laws of Guyana. I received very favorable responses from Ms. Jamela Ali and her Legal Assistant Trudy Cummings clearly detailing the steps necessary in handling my matter. From this, I was confident in her legal expertise on this matter and decided to go with her team. Ms. Ali and Trudy gave me a thorough breakdown of the process and gave me realistic estimations as to the cost and the length of time involved for the entire Probate process. During the entire process I was advised and kept informed every step of the way especially by her assistant Ms. Trudy Cummings who always went above and beyond to answer any questions or concerns I may have. After the probate was completed, Ms Ali and Trudy also handled the sale of our property.  Like the above Probate process, I was also given estimates on the sale process, kept informed every step of the way and had all my concerns and questions answered.  The sale was completed.
Ms. Jamela Ali and Trudy Cummings are both hard working, enthusiastic, dedicated, reliable and very diligent in keeping all my matters with the utmost confidentiality. They are extremely knowledgeable professionals in their field. If you’re looking for competence, proficiency & professionalism with probates and legal real estate matters, I strongly advice and recommend that you contact Attorney at Law Ms. Jamela Ali and her Legal Assistant Mrs. Trudy Cummings.
Thank you Trudy and Ms. Jamela Ali for your hard work, dedication and the exceptional services that you have provided to me and continues to provide. Thank you!"
Chandra Doobay - Guyana
11 June 2019

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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, SC, LLM, For legal services, click on links here Oil and Gas, Mining Law & Agreements, Conveyancing, Property matters, Trademarks & Patents, Adoption of Children, Divorces, Probates of Wills and Administration, Money Claims, Formation of Companies, Mediation, Real Estate and Legislative Drafting. She is also an Intellectual Property Agent (Trademarks & Patent), a Notary Public and an Accredited Mediator.


For further information, here are the contact details:

Contact person: Jamela A. Ali, Senior Counsel, LLM (Legislative Drafting), LLB (Hons)(UWI), MCIArb.

Office Address: 78 Hadfield and Breda Streets, Werk en Rust, Georgetown, Guyana (br), South America

Telephone number: +592 225 4712

Whats app message:+592 696 2435

Emails:             jamelalawyer11@yahoo.com

                       jamelaali@gmail.com

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