Professional legal advice to make the probate process simple for you
We understand how painful it can be to lose someone close to you. Dealing with the administration of their estate can then be a very daunting process. Our experienced probate solicitors can help you through this difficult time, take some of the stress away and help you make the right decisions.
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What is probate?
If you are appointed as the executor of somebody’s will, or if you are required to act as the administrator of someone’s estate, this process is known as probate. It happens when a will is validated in court and someone is granted permission to carry out the wishes in a will. You may need help understanding the probate process and obtaining the grant, which is where our team can help.
Many people approach our probate solicitors for help because they feel daunted by the thought of dealing with banks, the courts, the Inland Revenue and other official organisations. If you are made an executor, you are personally responsible and held liable if the correct procedures are not followed, therefore it is recommended that you seek professional advice to ensure that the process runs smoothly.
What is the process?
If you are named an executor in somebody's will, or if you are appointed as an administrator, you are obligated to gather all the information on assets, debts and any formal valuations that may be required.
Once all of the assets and valuations are identified, we can then create probate papers for you. You must then apply for a Grant of Probate or Grant of Representation. These are orders which give you full powers over an estate. You will need a Grant of Probate if you are an executor or a Grant of Representation if you are an administrator. Our solicitors can help you in applying for a grant as well as:
- Valuation of the estate
- The sale of land or property
- Completion of the Inland Revenue account
- Dealing with Inheritance Tax, Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax issues
- Giving advice on changing a person’s will after their death
- Giving advice on how to proceed if someone dies without leaving a valid will (intestate)
Our team can tailor their service to your individual case, no matter how much or how little of the probate process you need help with. This may be advice on the next steps to take, or more in-depth work to take the stress off of you and letting you focus on your family and friends.
It is possible to hire a professional executor, who will carry out the whole process for you, for a fee and proceeds of the estate. A professional executor is usually somebody such as a solicitor or a will writer.
How long does the process take?
Timescales vary from case to case depending on specific circumstances, for example if the case requires a lot of correspondence with HMRC. Cases can take around one year to complete. It is best to get in touch with our probate solicitors for a consultation and a more accurate estimate on your case.
How can Switalskis help me?
Our Probate Solicitors are accredited members of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners. They are trained to carry out the administration of estates in a methodical and meticulous way, so that all the details are taken care of, taking the stress out of the process.
Contact us today on 0800 138 0458 to arrange your free consultation, where we can assess what the best options are for your case. You can also send us a message through our website and we will be in touch with you.