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Jocelyn Gilda

Glasgow, United Kingdom

3 Testimonials
0 Case studies
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Practice Areas:

  • Probate
  • Charity
  • Inheritance and Tax Planning
  • Power of Attorney
  • Wills
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I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Scotland in February 2009 and became fully qualified in September 2009. I have practised exclusively in Private Client with a focus on Executry administration and obtaining Confirmation (the Scottish equivalent to Probate) since qualifying.  I can provide advice and assistance on a wide variety of areas including  Wills and Executries, Powers of Attorney, Guardianships and Intervention Orders, Advanced Directives (Living Wills), and Tax efficient succession planning. I am committed to ensuring that all clients are confident in placing their trust in me to advise and take the necessary steps to protect you, your family and your assets.

My particular focus is dealing with the administration of estates when someone passes away which is a process known as Confirmation and Executry practice. I can confidently deal with all value estates from the date of death to the transfer of assets.

I regularly attend seminars and presentations to keep up to date with the changes in law and practice in this area so that I can provide the best and most accurate service to my clients.

I can present information and advice in this complicated and highly emotive area of practice in a comprehensive, plain speaking and empathetic manner whilst maintaining the highest standard of professionalism.



Previous Employment

O'Hares Solicitors2013 - 2015

Solicitor dealing with all aspects of Private Client work.

Hughes Dowdall Solicitors2005 - 2013

Trainee Solicitor and Qualified Solicitor from September 2009. Civil Litigation Private Client


  • Advising on high value estates and the ensuing inheritance tax implications and also issues surrounding foreign domicile and transfer of unused nil rate band.
  • Advising on Capital Gains Tax implications and Income Tax for the financial year to date of death and also during the period of administration.
  • Advising on claims for legal rights and drafting Legal Rights Calculations.
  • Advising on Wills that cannot be traced and the steps required in the Court of Session to “set up” the Will.
  • Advising clients that reside abroad for example in Singapore, Los Angeles, Spain and France and the additional efforts required in accommodating telephone communications or visits from such clients.
  • Liaising with Financial Advisors.
  • Instructing tracing agents to locate missing beneficiaries.
  • Drafting Executry accounts, Corrective Inventories for Confirmation, Deeds of Variation, Deeds of Declinature and Assumption and Inventory Ad Non Executa.
  • Drafting Intestacy Calculations.
  • Petitioning the Court for Appointment of Executor Dative.
  • Petition the Court for Appointment of Executor Dative when the person entitled to be appointed has become incapacitated and their Guardian is acting on their behalf.
  • Dealing with and advising on intestate succession procedures including obtaining a Bond of Caution.
  • Ascertaining the extent of any debts due by the estate and liaising with creditors.
  • Assessing capacity of clients to make decisions regarding their estates, welfare and financial affairs.
  • Drafting of basic and complex Wills.
  • Advising on the Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act 2005.
  • Advising on potential Inheritance Tax implications and providing a financial health check to manage assets including discharging a paid mortgage and removing the security from Registers of Scotland.
  • Advising on changes to the law of succession.
  • Advising on the application of the laws of succession on the various types of family relationships including unmarried and/or cohabiting partners.
  • Advising, drafting and registering Power of Attorney to safeguard the welfare, financial or a combination of both affairs of clients.
  • Acting as Trustee of a high value Personal Injury Trust.
  • Advising, drafting and appearing in Court in applications for Guardianship Orders.



Glasgow Graduate School of Law


2005 - 2006

Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip.L.P.)

Strathclyde University


2000 - 2004

Law LLB (Hons)

St Aloysius College

Secondary School

1995 - 1999


Estate Administration - August 2016

Can I take this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of all of us, for all your work and advice on Mum and Dad's estate. It can't be nice to deal with such circumstances I'd imagine (especially with obstructive Government departments!) but you dealt with it and us in a very caring and professional manner. All that's left now is to wish you all the best for your family and future career and again, thank you Jocelyn. 

Mr Brown, 2nd August 2016

Power of Attorney

I contacted Thompsons Solicitors with regards to creating a Power of Attorney for me and my wife.  Jocelyn fully explained the procedure and advised what was required from us in a way that was easy to understand.  We received our documents within the timescales advised, I couldn’t fault the service provided by Jocelyn.

Michael Haney, October 2016

Estate Administration

Many thanks for all of your hard work dealing with my uncle’s estate.  With best wishes.

Nicholas, November 2016

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