The process of probate can be complicated and confusing, even with simple estates posing a challenge to administer without the right help and support.
Our team of experts understand that it will often be a difficult and distressing time for all those involved. We know how to handle complex procedures such as the administration of estates, foreign assets, ambiguous Wills and disagreements between beneficiaries.
Our Probate Solicitors can assist with as much or as little of the process as you would like. We can simply obtain a Grant of Probate for you, or you can pass all your executor duties on to us.
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When someone passes away, all their assets and debts are held in their name and need to be valued. The value of the assets, minus any outstanding debts, forms what is referred to as their ‘estate’.
The estate must then be distributed according to the wishes of the deceased and obey what is stated in their Will.
What is a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Probate gives a person the legal authority to administer and distribute a deceased persons’ estate or allows them to seek help from a Solicitor who can work on their behalf.
If the individual who died didn’t have a Will in place, you may need to follow a slightly different process. The Rules of Intestacy decide who will be the Administrator of the Estate and will also decide who inherits from the estate.
Our Solicitors will listen to the circumstances and deliver a bespoke solution that will be tailored to your specific needs and requirements.
Deed of Variation
A Deed of Variation can be used by a beneficiary of an estate, who wishes to redirect their inheritance entitlement.
They will be able to share their inheritance with whomever they wish, regardless of whether or not that person has been included within the deceased’s Will or is recognised under the Rules of Intestacy.
A Deed of Variation can be drafted once you have received a Grant of Probate, however, it must take place within two years of the date of death of the deceased.
Due to this timeframe, we always recommend that you speak to our Solicitors early on to ensure that you receive the desired outcome.
Our team are also able to assist you with Estate Administration.
Estate Administration is the process of handling a deceased person’s estate according to the wishes that were set out in their Will.
If there is no Will, once any debts have been paid, the remaining estate will be distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy. The Rules of Intestacy will likely result in a spouse, or close family member being responsible for the Estate Administration.
Where possible we will offer a fixed fee, so you will know what the costs are from the start. For more complex or uncertain projects, we will provide you with an estimate of the likely fees involved and keep you updated throughout the matter.
How to get in contact
Our offices are based in Basingstoke and we assist clients across the country.
We aim to keep legal jargon to a minimum and guide you through the process in a manner that is easy to understand.
Our highly-skilled solicitors offer tailored, strategic solutions to even the most complex matters, ensuring you receive the guidance and support you need.
We will be by your side throughout every stage of the process and will provide you with regular updates and advice along the way.
We communicate thoroughly with you from the outset to ensure that we fully understand your individual needs. This allows us to accurately quote for your matter leaving you without any unexpected surprises and fees further down the line.
We provide our clients with a concise and transparent breakdown of costs from the outset of the matter and throughout any subsequent stages. This enables you to build faith and trust in us early on to form a lasting relationship.
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