Probate is the legal process for dealing with the estate for someone who has died. It is the responsibility of the Executors named in their Will. In most cases, these will be family, or friends, of the deceased. But some appoint professional Executors, for example, a Solicitor.
If you are the Executor of the Will, you will usually have to obtain a Grant of Probate. However, this may not be necessary for estates of less than £15,000, or if the assets were held jointly and are passing to a surviving spouse, or civil partner.
If you do need to carry this out, the first step is to assess the size of the estate and then apply for a Grant.
- We, at Silver and Ward, can help Executors with the process at very competitive rates. The second stage in the Probate process is the administration of the estate, where Executors gather in and distribute assets in accordance with their Will. This can only be undertaken once a Grant of Probate, or Letters of Administration, have been obtained.
- Again, we at Silver and Ward can help Executors with as little, or as much, of this part of the process as they require. At Silver and Ward our clients find that being an Executor is not an onerous process as we are able to assist and advise every step of the way and remove the burden of being an Executor from them.