Probate may be required when a loved one passes away. Essentially, it means the accessing and distribution of the person’s estate according to their will (if they left one), or according to the law of intestacy (if they did not leave a will).
What is Probate?
What is the process?
Do you need a probate solicitor? We understand that the need for probate comes at a time of stress and grief, and we do all we can to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible for you.
Firstly, we ensure that the executors of the will are protected as much as possible, and we conduct a will search to ensure that the will you believe to be the last will and testament of the deceased is just that.
We then prepare and complete all the documentation required to apply for the Grant of Probate (when there is a will), or Letters of Administration (when there isn’t a will). The Grant is the key that allows the executors access to the deceased’s assets so as to pay off liabilities of the estate and allow distribution of their inheritance to the beneficiaries. You will need the Grant to be able to sell property of the estate, or access most bank accounts.
Is using a probate solicitor cost-effective?
We will never ask for monies up front on a probate matter – all of our fees and disbursements are paid from the estate once monies are available.
Confirming the extent of the estate, dealing with the various 3rd parties, completing inheritance tax forms, paying any inheritance tax owing, collecting in monies and keeping beneficiaries updated – these are all tasks that require time and effort and can cause considerable stress at what is already an emotional time. Why not allow us to take the pressure for you, so you can concentrate on what is important to you.
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