Hiring solicitors for probate services

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Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person whose estate is worth more than £15,000 and isn’t being passed to a surviving spouse or civil partner by default. This process sees a probate solicitor helping an executor of the will to apply for a Grant of Probate, which gives the executor the legal authority to ask banks to release the deceased person’s assets which are then used to settle debts before distributing them according to the will.

In the event that the person died without a will, we can help the family to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration instead. The Grant of Letters of Administration also gives the family the legal authority to deal with the deceased person’s assets.

Please note that although the threshold is £15,000, some banks or institutions holding the assets may impose an either lower or higher figure.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • Grant of Probate – happens when the deceased has a will. This grant is a legal document confirming the executor has the authority to deal with the deceased person’s property, money and belongings.
  • Grant of Letters of Administration – this is when the deceased didn’t leave a will. In this case, a close relative can apply and be given the legal authority to deal with the deceased person’s assets.

Traditionally, only solicitors were able to legally manage a deceased person’s estate, but a change in the legislation means certain certified accountants can also deal with probate cases as well.

If you are wondering why you should hire a solicitor for probate and what the benefits are, then this post is for you.

Why choose solicitors for probate?

Dealing with a loved one’s passing and their assets is never easy, and in this difficult time, you need a trusted probate solicitor with years of experience to provide the right support and thereby allowing you time to grieve and focus on other matters such as funeral arrangements.

At Romain Coleman, our solicitors have many years of experience handling the probate process. We have helped many clients navigate through some challenging processes such as:

  • When the validity of the will became doubtful.
  • When a dependent who was deliberately left out of the will wanted to challenge and make a claim.
  • When the estate includes company shares, company partnership interests, and/or intellectual property rights.
  • When the estate is bankrupt.
  • When the estate includes foreign property.
  • When the deceased died without a will and the Grant of Letters of Administration is challenged.

Additionally, we can help to untangle assets held in trust, sort out issues when the deceased resided outside the UK and handle enquires about inheritance tax just to name a few, all of which involves legal documents and you deserve independent and trusted legal advice.

What do our probate solicitors offer?

We understand that losing a loved one marks a sensitive and difficult time in your life, this is why experience, knowledge and skill of your solicitors matter. You need probate solicitors who understand your unique circumstances and can guide you through the complex area of the law, particularly if unforeseen complications happen. With Romain Coleman, you are in safe hands.

To start things off, let’s have a conversation which will allow us to explain each step of the probate process, how long it should take, and how you will be involved. We keep explanations honest and jargon-free and do our best to keep the process easy for you. Call us today on 0208 520 4555 or complete a quick, no-commitment enquiry form.

 

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