People often ask whether an estate will ‘go to Probate’, although many are unclear exactly what this means. A Grant of Probate (or Letters of Administration if there is no Will) authorises the Executor to administer the estate by collecting in...
When you are faced with dealing with the paperwork and practical matters after someone has died, you may not know which way to turn. It can be a difficult and emotional time and we are here to guide you through the various aspects of administering the estate. If there is a Will, the estate will pass to those named in it. If there is no Will, then the Rules of Intestacy apply.
How can we help?
We will help the Executors of a Will or the Administrators under an Intestacy to establish the size of the estate, which may include property, investments, money and personal possessions, to obtain a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration so that the Executors or Administrators can deal with the assets and administer the estate, including paying debts and liabilities, including funeral expenses and ensuring that the beneficiaries receive their entitlement. We can advise you about the preparation of a Deed of Variation if necessary and liaise with Revenue and Customs about tax affairs both up to the date of death and during the administration period.
There may be Trusts arising from the terms of the Will or under the Intestacy and we can guide you through the rules and regulations relating to these. In addition and with the help of our Litigation department we offer effective solutions and practical advice on the many issues that arise under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 to Personal Representatives, beneficiaries and potential claimants. We will advise and support you in a professional and efficient manner, but we pride ourselves on our sympathetic and personal service.
Your choice of service:
Our expert Private Client team can provide you with the following services, depending on your particular requirements and budget:-
GRANT ONLY APPLICATION: Obtain a Grant of Probate (where there is a Will) or a Grant of Letters of Administration (where there is no Will).
- ESTATE ADMINISTRATION: Administer the estate once a Grant has been obtained.
- DISPUTED ESTATES: Advise you in relation to a disputed estate.