When someone dies, unless they owned very little, a grant of probate or letters of administration will be needed. If a person leaves a will, it will appoint executors whose job it is to wind up the estate. If the person dies intestate (without a will) members of the family or other suitable people take on the job of Administrators. Without the relevant Grant, the executors or Administrators have little or no legal power to deal with the person’s assets.
We have a large and well established probate practice. We can assist with all aspects of estates including:
- Considering the terms of the will
- Assessing the value of the estate
- Drafting the papers necessary to obtain Probate (where there is a will) or Letters of Administration (where there is no will)
- Assessing any Inheritance or other taxes due and arranging payment from assets.
- Gathering in the assets
- Paying bills
- Selling houses, shares and other property as necessary.
- Tracing beneficiaries.
- Dealing with debtors and creditors.
- Paying legacies
- Distributing the rest of the estate.
Most people’s affairs are different and so no two estates are the same. Death is a hard thing to deal with for many people. We do our best to guide all those who have a part to play through the legal and practical requirements before a person’s affairs can finally be ‘wound up’.