The death of a loved one is always a distressing and emotional time for family left behind. Dealing with the legal formalities can become an additional strain. If you are acting as an executor or administrator for someone’s will, our probate solicitors are available to ease the burden.
What is Probate?
When someone dies, there are legal formalities that need to be carried out. Probate is the legal process whereby the deceased person’s affairs are dealt with.
If the deceased person left a will, one or more “executors” may be named to deal with their financial affairs.
If you have been named as an executor in a will, dealing with the legal formalities and inheritance tax can be a daunting and time consuming process. If this is the case, you may prefer for our legal experts to deal with the administration of the estate on your behalf.
If you are certain the deceased left no will (intestate) we can help you obtain “Grant of Letters of Administration” (the term used to obtain probate when there is no will).
Following the death of a loved one, the most important things to consider before asking a probate solicitor for further advice are:
- Is there a will?
- Who can deal with the estate if there is no will?
- What will happen to the deceased’s estate if there is no will?
- Is the will correctly executed and original
- Do you have a death certificate?
- Who are the executors?
- Who are the beneficiaries?
- What assets did the deceased have, and what documents relate to them?
- Do you have documentary evidence of money spent on behalf of the deceased since their death?
- Will there be inheritance tax to pay?