When you lose someone close to you it can be hard to deal with the emotional loss. But there are practical steps that need to be taken, as well as paperwork to be completed, and this can add to the trauma.
Our expert team at Eric Robinson Solicitors is here to help you get through this difficult time. We’re sensitive to the challenges you’re facing, and we’ll deal sympathetically and professionally with the legal formalities.
Probate is the general term often used to refer to the administration of a deceased person’s estate, which will involve, amongst other things, paying any debts and distributing the assets to those who stand to benefit.
There are 3 main forms of Probate:
Firstly, where the deceased person has made a valid Will prior to their passing, the Executors nominated in that Will are required to make an application for a Grant of Probate. The Grant of Probate is the formal document that allows the Executors to administer the deceased’s estate.
Secondly, where a person has died without leaving a valid Will, the next of kin or other close relatives of the deceased will be required to apply for a grant of Letters of Administration. Once Letters of Administration have been granted the Intestacy Rules determine how the deceased’s estate is to be divided.
Thirdly, it is sometimes possible to deal with a deceased person’s estate without the need for a grant of representation (i.e. a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration). This will depend upon the value of the assets held by the deceased, and generally speaking this exemption is only available to very low value estates.
At Eric Robinson Solicitors we will help you deal with the estate administration from the outset. This will include establishing whether a grant of representation is required, to collating all relevant information, arranging valuations, drafting the probate papers, gathering in the assets, settling any liabilities, dealing with any tax issues and dealing with the distribution of the deceased’s remaining assets.
We’ll also give you comprehensive advice on the tax implications of administering an estate and we’ll help you set up trusts and deal with variations to a will after death.
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