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Dealing with the estate of a loved one can be difficult, especially when you are grieving. We can help to guide you through the process with our sympathetic and friendly solicitors.
Have you recently suffered bereavement in your family?
We can help you deal with the many matters that can arise, including obtaining a Grant of Probate, administering the estate, transferring or disposing of property and dealing with banks, building societies, pensions providers and utility companies.
We can also deal with other complexities that may arise including, for example, dealing with disputes over Wills and property, Inheritance Tax, intestacy, deeds of variation and more.
If you are a beneficiary in an estate we can advise on what your rights are or, if you have been left out of a Will where you think you should have benefited, we can provide assistance in making a claim against the estate. Click here for more details on contesting a Will.
Our friendly and caring approach, coupled with wide-ranging knowledge and experience, is available to give you peace of mind over all of these potentially complex arrangements.
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Frequently asked questions
Is probate required if there is a Will?
The presence of a Will does not automatically mean that you have to apply for Probate. Instead, the requirement for Probate will be determined by the size of the estate and the number and type of assets. Smaller estates may be exempt from Probate.
What is the purpose of probate?
A Grant of Probate gives the Executors the legal authority to administer the estate in accordance with the deceased person’s Will. The process involves applying for the Grant of Probate and then once it is issued, collecting in the assets, clearing the debts and then distributing the remaining monies to the beneficiaries.
Will banks release money without probate?
Each bank and building society has their own practices. They will often release low value accounts without Probate but the threshold varies for this.
How long does Probate take?
Obtaining a Grant of Probate typically takes 3-4 months. Following the issuing of the Grant the administration of the estate can take between 2-6 months. This will depend on the number of assets to be collected, debts to be paid and the identification of the beneficiaries.
Each matter will differ slightly depending on the circumstances. Our solicitors will keep you informed and updated throughout the matter.
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