Probate

Losing a loved one is always a distressing and emotional time, but even more so if you are unsure of the probate process and the steps required in the administration of an estate.

The process of probate can be both time consuming and complex. We are here to support and guide you through the task ahead in the event that a loved one passes. Our Private Client team provides a professional, sensitive, and compassionate service.

Dealing with a deceased estate is a particularly daunting task if you have never been involved with a probate application before, or if you are named as an executor of an estate. Our probate lawyers' aim is to take the burden away from your shoulders so that you can focus on supporting your loved ones at this difficult time.

Administering an estate comes at a highly emotional time of grief. It can be a very stressful and time-consuming process made potentially more difficult if you do not personally know the beneficiaries or the process. This is where we can assist by guiding you through the process.

If the deceased had left a Will, this would explain what should happen to their estate. The executors will need to apply for a grant of probate which will give them the legal right to administer the estate. This is the process referred to as ‘probate’.

If the deceased had left a Will, this would explain what should happen to their estate. The executors will need to apply for a grant of probate which will give them the legal right to administer the estate. This is the process referred to as ‘probate’.

An Administrator would deal with the estate if:

  1. the person did not leave a Will,

  2. or if the Will is in some way invalid,

  3. or in the case that the Will does not specify any executors.

They would then instead apply for a grant of Representation (also known as ‘letters of administration’) to deal with the administration of the estate.

We can take care of everything for you. Our experienced Private Client team provide a considerate and specialised service. They ensure that you are guided through any uncertainty leaving you the time you need to support your family through the process.

Our team will be able to advise you on the process, including:

  • Confirming whether the deceased person has left a Will.

  • Gathering the necessary information and notification of the passing.

  • Applying for a Grant of Probate or grant of Representation (a Letter of Administration).

  • Dealing with the Probate Registry and HMRC.

  • Released and distributing the deceased’s assets from the estate to the beneficiaries.

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT AND GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE TASKS AHEAD WITH A PROFESSIONAL, SENSITIVE,

AND COMPASSIONATE SERVICE

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Additional Help

In addition, our professional team can help Personal Representatives by:

  • Contacting and notifying the relevant persons, asset and liability holders of the passing.

  • Paying tax and answering any queries from HMRC, for example in relation to inheritance tax.

  • Assent of property: meaning to transfer a property to another person, including into a trust.

  • Dealing with the sales or transfers of assets and/or bank accounts.

  • Dealing with the sale of a property, assets and shares.

  • Advising beneficiaries on investing and protecting their inheritance.

  • Advice on contesting a Will should you believe it to be invalid.

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