26 April 2019

A Quick Guide to Probate

Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough. However, there are still practical considerations to deal with, including making sure that the last wishes of the deceased are taken care of. If there is a Will then it will be up to the ‘executor’ (the person appointed under the Will to conduct the deceased’s affairs) to make sure those wishes are carried out.

An executor will need to obtain a Grant of Representation. This authorises the executor to deal with all of the affairs including cashing in assets, paying any tax and distributing the money left to people mentioned in the Will.

To obtain a Grant, the executor will need to send the appropriate documentation to the Probate Registry together with Inheritance Tax documents. This process can be carried out by the executor, or they can (and most often do) hand everything over to a specialist probate lawyer.

Speak to one of our calm and empathetic laywers and we can talk you through the process taking care of everything from registering the death, preparing all the legal paperwork (including dealing with HMRC, banks and financial institutions) to finalising the taxes and distributing the estate according to the Will.

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