When people die they either leave a Will or they don’t. If they do not the law states who will benefit from the state and to what extent. It also prescribes who can act as personal representative and thus have the authority to apply for a grant of letters of administration. This person is usually a close relative and the grant gives them the authority to wind-up a deceased’s estate.
Probate is a grant issued by the High Court (Probate Registry) to enable executors to deal with the affairs and estate of a deceased person who has left a Will. It is not always a necessity, but it is almost always needed when the person who dies leaves property or land, stocks and shares or certain insurance policies. The rights are usually conferred upon one or more executors who then take responsibility for administering the estate.
Occasionally there are times when a Will is left but no executors are acting, in which case a grant of letters of administration with a Will annexed is made.
Whatever your circumstances, the services of a probate solicitor can assist in ensuring the affairs of the deceased are dealt with correctly and that those who are entitled to benefit from the estate get what is rightfully theirs.
When a loved one has passed away it can be a difficult and challenging time and frequently clients prefer to pass on to us the responsibility of dealing with the estate from applying for probate, dealing with inheritance tax, through to paying out debts and ultimately the beneficiaries.
Our probate department take the stresses and strains away from you at such a difficult time. If you would like to find out more, please contact us on 01908 325555 and speak to our specialists Peter Harrison, Susan Lynch or Simon Stone.