Our specialist Probate Solicitors can help to make the probate process as stress-free and simple as possible. We understand that it’s a difficult and emotional time, which is why our team offers a friendly and approachable service, which we tailor to each client’s specific needs.
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Contact us today and we can talk you through our services and how we can help you and your family. Simply call us on 0161 929 0121 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will give you a call back as soon as possible.
What Is Probate?
Probate is a legal document that allows a persons assets to be released to one or more persons (who have legal authority) after they have passed away. Those persons then have authority to act and administer the estate. It is typically undertaken by the executor named in a Will or the administrator (typically a relative) when there is no Will. It proves to the asset holders that they are issuing the assets to the correct and authorised people.
Probate is necessary because the assets of the estate are essentially ‘frozen’ to safeguard them against incorrect distribution. Without the Grant of Probate, a property cannot be sold and the deceased’s bank accounts and other financial assets cannot be accessed.
A common misconception around probate is that it is not required if the deceased made a Will. If there is a valid Will it is called a ‘Grant of Probate’ and if there is no valid Will (intestacy) it is called ‘Grant of Letters of Administration’.
How Long Does Probate Take?
The probate process has four key stages:
- Assessing the assets
- Application to the probate court
- Collecting the various assets
- Paying liabilities and distributing the estate
The timescales vary depending on complexity of the estate and the nature of the deceased person’s assets.
If the deceased left a large and complex estate with multiple properties, then this will take longer. It is always best to speak with a solicitor who can advise you on your specific circumstances.
We will handle the application, so you don’t have to, whilst providing you with peace of mind that it’s all been done correctly.
We are committed to ensuring each and every one of our clients receives the highest quality service. 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.
See link for a guideline on our Probate Fees.
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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 and professional and we will do everything in our power to help you get the outcome you need. Call us on 0161 929 0121 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.