When someone dies and they have a legally valid Will in place, the Will should name one or more parties to act as Executors. An executor is the person who has been chosen to administer the Estate by the person who has passed away. It is these people who will need to establish whether a Grant of Probate is needed. If it is, the Executors will be the people named on this document, and this will grant them legal authority to administer the Estate.
If you have been named as an Executor in a Will, the responsibility will usually fall to you (along with any other named Executors) to find out if Probate is required or not.
If the deceased didn’t leave a legally valid Will, inheritance law will determine the appropriate person to administer the Estate, and this would usually be the next of kin. This person is called the Administrator and instead of a Grant of Probate, they may need to obtain what is referred to as Grant of Letters of Administration. The process to do this is similar to obtaining a Grant of Probate.
Grant of Probate and Grant of Letters of Administration are also both known as a Grant of Representation. The general term used for anyone named in the Grant to manage an Estate is ‘Personal Representative’ regardless of whether or not the deceased left a Will.
Dealing with an Estate carries a high degree of responsibility and can sometimes be challenging and is often time-consuming. Delays dealing with an Estate can lead to unexpected financial, tax and practical difficulties for families. Our specialist Probate Solicitors will guide you through the process needed to discharge your duties and administer an Estate quickly and effectively.
Contact us today and we can talk you through our services and how we can help you and your family. Simply call us on 0345 901 0445 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back as soon as possible.
At Blackstone, we always aim to provide the best service possible. Meticulous in our approach, we will make sure everything is dealt with as you wish and will keep you updated throughout the legal process, ensuring that you always know of any developments.
“Judith Chesters has looked after my family’s Wills, probate and been our trusted advisor across three generations, for many years now. Each member of the family trusts her with everything sacred in their lives. She has also just completed a property transaction for me in the middle of lockdown too (whilst having deeds in different locations and third parties short staffed and home schooling!). She is a great lawyer, who is pragmatic and calm, and always gets the job done well. I never hesitate to recommend her.”
– Sarah Keegan
We can provide help with a wide range of matters relating to probate, including:
- Probate and estates
- Rectifying mistakes in Wills
- Disputes between executors and/or beneficiaries
- Insolvent estates
- Dealing with charitable gifts and legacies
- Collecting in assets of an estate and dealing with creditors
- Estates containing businesses
- Ensuring the executor or administrator of the estate is protected from personal liability
We are 100% committed to ensuring each and every one of our clients receives the highest quality service and we will go the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with the results gained. We understand it can be particularly difficult to deal with matters relating to death and inheritance, and this is why our friendly and approachable team always take a sympathetic and understanding approach, ensuring that you receive the support you need.
We believe communication is of the utmost importance. We will therefore keep you updated as things develop and our solicitors will provide practical, straightforward legal advice so that you can be confident everything is progressing as you would like.
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Contact us today to discuss any matter relating to Probate. We can talk about your situation in depth and get to the bottom of what you need and how we can help. We are here to answer any questions which you have, and we aim to make everything as simple for you as possible.
Our team is approachable, professional and vastly experienced. We will do everything in our power to help you get the outcome you need. Call us on 0345 901 0445 or, if you would prefer us to contact you, leave your details via our online enquiry form.
We offer our services to clients in Manchester, Chester, Cheshire and throughout the rest of the UK. We also have an office in London.