Probate and Estate Administration
Our team know that this can be a very difficult time for clients, not only coping with the loss of a loved one but then having to deal with all of the paperwork that can arise.
When someone dies their assets, known collectively as their 'Estate' will need to be administered in accordance with either their wishes as set out in a Will, or if there is no Will, under the Intestacy Rules.
What is Probate/Administration? It is the process in which someone applies for the right to deal with a deceased person's estate. If there is a valid Will this will be the Executor(s) named in the Will who will apply for a Grant of Probate. If there is no will, or an executor does not wish to take up the appointment, then someone else can apply for Letters of Administration, this is usually a family member. Once the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration has been issued then they have the authority to administer the estate.
We are able to help you apply for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration and thereafter to assist and guide you in the process of administering the estate and dealing with any tax issues that may need addressing.