Karl is a Solicitor and head of our Wills, Trusts and Probate department.
Karl trained in a Wrexham firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2003, following completion of a law degree and the Legal Practice Course. Post qualification, Karl worked at a number of firms before joining Allington Hughes Law in 2010. He became a Director in May 2014. Karl is a full member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) having completed the diploma in 2008 and ACTAPS (the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists) having completed the diploma in 2014.
Karl originally had a mixed practice, which included dealing with non contentious matters such as wills, trusts, estates, court of protection, powers of attorney and property transactions along with contentious matters, disputed estates and family law. Since 2010, Karl has specialised in wills, trusts, estates and powers of attorney, along with contentious matters arising out of estates. Karl’s work broadly includes the following:
- Assisting with all aspects of the administration of estates including where the deceased left a will or intestacy. Karl deals with simple estates and also complex estates where inheritance tax is payable and assets have been left in trust. Karl can also assist where there is an agricultural or business element involved which may include applications for Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief
- Acting as professional executor, including where an independent executor is required in estates if there has been a dispute
- Re-directing assets in estates using deeds of variation
- Acting as professional trustee in respect of numerous trusts
- Acting as a professional deputy
- The preparation of relatively straightforward wills and more complex wills, including trusts and inheritance tax planning.
- The preparation of and advice relating to Lasting Powers of Attorney for financial affairs and health and welfare.
- Advising in relation to executors and trustees’ duties
- Disputes arising in the administration of estates, including disputes between executors
- Advising in respect of claims by disappointed beneficiaries under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Dealing with estates where it is believed there is an invalid will, for example where lack of capacity is alleged.
Karl works between our Wrexham and Chester offices. You may contact Karl Beckett on 01244 312166 (Chester) or 01978 291000 (Wrexham) or by email [email protected]