Losing someone can be a sad and distressing time – and handling their affairs following their death is never easy at such a difficult time.
Probate is the process of managing a person’s estate after they die, and a probate solicitor can help ensure their wishes are carried out fully.
Why Do You Need A Solicitor For Probate?
Peace of Mind
Dealing with someone’s estate comes at a time that is naturally upsetting for those involved. Using the service of a specialist probate solicitor provides total peace of mind – not only thanks to knowing your loved one’s wishes will be fully respected and fulfilled but also from the assurance that as an executor/administrator you are carrying out your duties in the correct and most efficient way.
Help With The Whole Process
Probate can be a complex process as it includes the following:
- Sorting personal finances, assets and property
- Settling any outstanding debts
- Paying any taxes owed
- Distributing the remaining estate as inheritance to those named in the Will first or to those entitled to an estate under the Rules of Intestacy.
A solicitor will help you carry out your duties as the person responsible for distributing the estate.
As an executor, you need to apply for a Grant of Representation, a legal document that gives permission to deal with a person’s estate. Your solicitor can help you with the application and then provide assistance with handling the estate.
This includes help with making sure the right tax is paid, identifying and resolving any potential issues with the estate or inheritance, and ensuring everything is carried out legally and efficiently.
Help With Any Complexities
Just as every estate is different, the process of estate administration is unique for every individual – and it depends on the instructions left by the deceased, if any.
Complexities can arise during the probate process but fortunately a specialist solicitor can help you resolve these issues in the most straightforward way.
For example, if your loved one’s final wishes are not reflected in their Will then it is possible for the Will to be changed after their death. However, it is only possible to make changes to the share of inheritance given to you and a deed of variation must be prepared in order to make any changes.
Similarly, if someone dies without a will, a deed of variation can also be prepared to reflect someone’s express wishes.
You solicitor can help you with this application and with handling the process if your application is accepted, as this can be a difficult and upsetting procedure.
To find out more about the process of estate administration or to speak to one of Bartletts specialist solicitors about handling a loved one’s estate, contact us on 01244 311 633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org