Probate – whether you are simply after support or for someone to take the strain we can help.
Coping with the death of a loved one is never easy and having to deal with probate does not make it any easier. Even if you are prepared to deal with probate yourself taking advice is invaluable, if only to give you the peace of mind that you are doing the right thing.
Whether winding up an estate with or without a Will the process is the same. Assets and liabilities need to be identified and valued to calculate the size of the estate. Inheritance tax calculations need to be completed to identify a taxable estate from a non-taxable estate to ensure the correct tax forms are completed and the right amount of tax is paid. An oath will need to be sworn by the personal representatives (whether they are executors or administrators) to confirm their authority or to give them authority to administer the estate.
Once the Grant of Representation (a Grant of Probate where there is a Will or if not a Grant of Letters of Administration) has been issued assets can be collected in, liabilities paid and the estate distributed in accordance with the terms of the Will or Rules of Intestacy.
Sometimes changes to the Will or Rules of Intestacy need to be made. This can be done by preparing a Deed of Variation can be completed. Trusts contained in the Will or the Rules of Intestacy may also need to be considered and established.
We are here to support you with estate administration, whether it is dealing with the whole process or applying for the Grant of Representation on your behalf or simply providing reassurance on the telephone.