27th April 2020 In Blog

Probate and Rules of Intestacy

What is Probate?
Probate is the legal process of administering an estate that belonged to someone who has died. This includes taking care and distributing all possessions, properties and money accumulated by the time of their death. It also involves dealing with outstanding taxes and debts, as well as the collection of all money owed to the deceased person, before arranging the final distribution of assets among the respective inheritors.

Our team of specialist Wills, Trusts and Probate solicitors can provide legal expertise on a comprehensive range of probate issues. Once we obtain a grant of representation on your behalf, we endeavour to simplify the estate administration and pricing process. We offer fixed prices for our probate services, which can be discussed in full detail in a free initial consultation with us, where our team will guide through the entire probate process. Below are some answers to frequently asked questions about probate.

Can I apply for probate?
Only the executor named in the Will left by the deceased person has the right to apply for probate to administer their estate. However, if you have been named executor but do not wish to administer the estate yourself, our team can apply for probate on your behalf. If someone dies without a Will, the Intestacy Rules will define who can apply to administer the estate instead.

What are the Rules of Intestacy?
Under the rules of intestacy, the primary beneficiaries of the estate are based on the bloodline of the person who has passed away. These generally apply to estates that don’t involve a will.

What are Letters of Administration?
When an executor is not appointed, the probate registry can issue a grant of Letter of Administration enabling a family member or a friend to become the administrator of a deceased person’s estate.

How long does probate take?
It usually takes a year for most estates. As every case is different, the exact amount of time depends on the size and complexity of the estate. We are able to get a better idea of your case after our first consultation.

How much does probate cost?
We offer probate services tailored to each one of our clients’ needs. The cost depends on the amount of work based on your requirements, including share/stock holdings and the number of beneficiaries. Call us on 0161 0161 835 2446 to discuss your case with our expert solicitors.

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