When a relative or loved one passes away it can be a very emotional and upsetting time. Whilst grieving it is understandably difficult to think clearly and turn your mind to practical matters such as the execution of their Will and division of their assets (Probate and Administration of Estates).
Your Solicitor therefore needs to be experienced and sensitive to your situation in order to help you deal with all the relevant financial affairs and assets in the best way possible – whether or not a Will is in place.
What Is Probate?
Probate is the general term which refers to the procedure where the Will of the deceased is proved as the last valid Will. On completion of this process a Court Order known as the Grant of Probate is issued by the Court. A different type of Order is obtained if the deceased did not have a Will and is known as a Letter of Administration.
The Executor of the Will is then obligated to distribute the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will. These Court Orders will provide comfort to the Banks, Building Societies and other financial institutions holding the assets of the deceased so that they can release the relevant assets into the names of the right people.
It is also important to note that the Court is not allowed to issue a ‘Grant of Probate’ until any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due has been paid. The forms associated with IHT are often complex but Hunt Solicitors will help to guide you through all aspects of the tax affairs relating to the estate.
How We Can Help?
At Hunt Solicitors we offer a full probate service to manage and help minimise the legal difficulties that often arise after a loved one passes away. We deal with probate matters sensitively and proactively to ensure everything is handled as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Areas in which Hunt Solicitors can legally assist you include:
To speak with Ashling Gray, head of the Wills & Probate team, to discuss your circumstances or to arrange a free initial consultation, please click here to complete our short form to book now and make an appointment.