Probate and Estate Administration

When a person dies, the word 'probate' is often used to describe the process involved in dealing with their estate.  If a person died leaving a Will, then the executors obtain a Grant of Probate.  If a person dies without a will, (in others words they die "intestate"), then the administrators obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration. We are able to act on behalf of executors appointed by a will or administrators if no will is left in the administration of a deceased’s estate.  The phrase 'Grant of Representation' is used to describe both types of Grant; likewise, the phrase 'personal representatives' covers either executors or administrators.

The ‘Personal Representatives’ carry the duty to ensure that all the deceased’s assets are valued and collated.  The ‘Personal Representatives’ have to ensure that all the liabilities and any inheritance tax are paid, following which the estate can be distributed as per the intestacy rules or will.  This can be time consuming and complicated, particularly when inheritance tax needs to be calculated and paid.  It is our aim to guide you through all aspects of administering an estate including:-

  • Applying for the grant of probate
  • Completing Inheritance Tax Returns
  • Collecting in the assets and paying any debts
  • Distributing the estate
  • Prepare final estate accounts showing how the estate has been administered

We offer home visits and first free consultations in respect to Probate matters.  Our services include a ‘Grant of Probate’ fixed fee service or we can complete all aspects of administering an estate on your behalf.

Our Hardings Solicitors Guarantee:-

  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Home Visits (if required)
  • A Personal Service by Specialist Solicitor
  • Affordable ‘Fixed Fee Service’
  • Discount on Will Services when instructing us in any other matter

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