Dealing with the death of a loved one is sad, emotional and confusing. This can be made even more stressful if you have been appointed executor in a Will or are dealing with the estate where there is no Will.
There are so many things to do to make sure an estate is dealt with properly and having to deal with these while grieving can be challenging.
Probate can be complicated and what often appears to be straightforward can prove to be quite the opposite. There are a number of steps to follow in the right order.
You can rely on us to help you make sure that the Estate is administered quickly and efficiently. This minimises risk for personal representatives and avoids potential family friction.
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What is probate?
It’s the process of getting the Court’s permission to distribute the Estate of someone who has died. Even if there is a valid Will probate still has to be obtained. Normally, this is the first duty of the Executor who has been appointed by the deceased.
What needs to be done?
- Obtaining the grant of probate or letters of administration if there is no Will.
- Preparing tax returns for income tax and inheritance tax.
- Gathering the assets of the Estate
- Distributing the assets according to the Will, or intestacy laws if there is no Will.
Disputes and variations
You’ll find a sympathetic solicitor with experience of all aspects of probate will take the stress away, particularly if there are disputes regarding the Estate or where the beneficiaries want to change the terms of a Will.