Has a loved one passed away? Are you the Executor or Administrator of their Estate? Worried about what you need to do next?
When a loved one dies, the job of having to sort out their estate and financial affairs can be a distressing and daunting prospect. If you are the executor or administrator of your loved one’s estate or next of kin, we can help you deal with everything correctly, efficiently and as stress free as possible, whether there was a Will left or not.
Carlsons are expert probate solicitors in Whetstone who have helped many individuals and families with the administration of a deceased person’s estate. As an executor, you can appoint us to assist you or work on your behalf, relieving you of the stress and responsibility at what is an already difficult time in your life.
We offer a friendly, efficient and comprehensive service with a high standard of client care.
We can help you with:
- Probate & Estate Administration
- Defending a Will
- Challenging a Will
The Probate Process
Probate is the process of administering a deceased person’s estate. An estate is considered to be made up of the money, property and any possessions they had at the time of their death.
The process of Probate involves:
- Collecting any money that is owed.
- Settling any debts due (including outstanding taxes).
- Dividing the estate amongst the respective beneficiaries.
- Closing bank accounts.
All assets (including property) in an estate will remain frozen until the Probate Registry gives the authority (via a document known as a Grant of Representation or Grant of Probate) to the "executor" nominated in the Will. If there is a Will, the estate will pass to the people named in the Will. If there is no Will, then it is up to the most appropriate member of the family to act on behalf of the estate. In this circumstance, certain rules known as the Rules of Intestacy will apply.
Use an Expert Probate Solicitor
Our dedicated team of probate solicitors are able to guide you through the probate process, ensuring that all tasks are completed correctly, helping you to avoid any claims on the estate or any potential disputes from beneficiaries.
Our expert probate solicitors can offer you advice and guidance on all aspects of probate law. We will support you throughout the estate administration process and help you:
- Interpret a Will
- Determine the size of an estate for Probate and Inheritance Tax purposes.
- Prepare an application for the Grant of Representation.
- Lodge the required forms with the relevant organisations to collect monies due to the estate and settle any outstanding debts.
- Arrange the transfer or sale of any shares, and handle the sale of any property or land owned by the deceased.
- Prepare interest and inheritance tax returns
- Prepare estate accounts
- Advise beneficiaries on post death tax planning to reduce capital gains and inheritance tax liabilities
By using a specialist probate solicitor, you will not only have the peace of mind that things are being handled correctly, you will also speed up the process to reach a quick conclusion for the benefit of both yourself and any beneficiaries.
Using our probate solicitors can give you a degree of separation and help you remain neutral in what can be an emotional time where families often disagree over the Will and the distribution of assets.
When a Will is Challenged
When a Will is challenged, this is known as Contentious Probate. Anyone challenging a Will must have a particular reason for doing so. Reasons for challenging a Will might include a belief that the Will was negligently drafted or that at the time of writing their Will the person:
- Did not have sufficient mental capacity.
- Was placed under pressure.
- Did not have the Will properly witnessed.
Carlsons probate solicitors in Whetstone can help you with either challenging or defending a Will.
Contact Us Now
To make an appointment or to find out more about how our Probate solicitors in Whetstone can help you with a Probate and Estate matter, telephone our dedicated team on 020 8445 3331 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively, you can complete our quick online enquiry form.