About P.P. Ryan & Co Solicitors, Rathdowney

P.P. Ryan & Co Solicitors are based in Rathdowney, Co. Laois. We were established in 1942 by the late Peter Paul Ryan. His son Michael, our current principal, joined the practice in 1978. Paul and Michael worked alongside one another until 2009 when Paul retired aged 90. Michael’s son, James, joined the firm in 2020 having trained and qualified in one of Big Six law firms in Dublin.

We have, together with our capable legal executives, been assisting our clients over the past 80 plus years with practical guidance and tailored advice. We serve individual and corporate clients alike in a professional yet relaxed environment. We have a broad range of legal expertise including conveyancing, agricultural law, mergers and acquisitions, wills, probate, dispute resolution and personal injuries.

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Our conveyancing team has extensive expertise across property transactions of all kinds with excellent commercial awareness. Our practical and personal approach ensures that our clients are kept informed and up to date at all stages and we work collaboratively towards your goal. We have vast experience in residential, commercial and agricultural conveyancing which extends to negotiating transactions and advising clients on complex property transactions.

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Agricultural Law

We have a deep connection with agriculture. We offer first class service to our clients when buying or selling land. We engage early with them and develop strategies to efficiently and cost-effectively purchase and sell land. We understand the practical considerations farmers have and we ensure to address any issues that arise. We have for decades worked with families in passing the farm or business onto the next generation. We provide guidance on aspects that require consideration and, crucially, we advise on the relevant aspects of taxation. Capital Gains Tax, Capital Acquisitions Tax and Stamp Duty must be considered in each transaction as well as the various reliefs that exist, which is a service provided to countless clients over many years.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

We assist our corporate clients as they evolve and grow. We have experience in guiding clients as they purchase other corporate entities. We draft the full suite of transaction documents associated with such M&As. We liaise with our clients’ other representatives to advocate for and advise our clients throughout the process.

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We have assisted our clients in preparing wills and putting in order their estates to give peace of mind to people as they progress through life. We provide guidance and taxation advice as necessary while also addressing the legal framework to be considered when preparing a will. We aim to simplify the process and provide practical assistance to our clients as they provide for their future.

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Probate is the process by which the will of a deceased person is proved before the Probate Office. This process involves extensive engagement with the estate and assets of the deceased person and linking this to the executors’ duties to Revenue, the Probate Office and Estate Law. We have vast experience across all areas of Probate. We advise executors on how best to give effect to the will of the deceased person and to others in situations where there is no will. We work with clients to see that the wishes of the deceased person are followed in a collaborative and proactive manner.

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Dispute Resolution

PP Ryan & Co assist clients when disputes emerge. Our expertise ranges from advices in the early stages of minor disagreements to High Court contentious litigation and all stages in between to include mediation when appropriate. We work towards resolution at the earliest reasonable stage. We hope to work collaboratively with all parties, where possible, to reach a positive outcome in the least adversarial approach possible. We recognize the personal toll that disputes and litigation tend to take on people and we endeavor to support our clients as much as possible throughout the process.

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Personal Injuries

We have, for many years, represented both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury proceedings and possess a keen understanding of the evolving landscape. Having represented various state bodies over the years our team have specialist insights which are invaluable to clients.

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