ESTATES

When someone close to you dies, it can be difficult to face the next steps, such as carrying out their will and dealing with their estate. We are here to guide you through this. With our care, and many years’ experience, you’re in good hands.

First steps

You need to find out if there is a will, and where this is kept. If an executor was named, they will carry out the instructions in the will and deal with the estate. The estate includes property and debts.

When there isn't a will

If the person died intestate (without a will), someone will need to apply to the court to be appointed to administer the estate. It’s usually the person’s spouse or closest relative who applies to administer it.

What is probate?

Probate is the process of applying to the court to have the will accepted as valid and for the executor named in the will to be given the legal authority to deal with the deceased’s estate and distribute the estate assets according to the will.  If there is no will the court will grant letters of administration to someone to administer the deceased’s estate.  That person is called an administrator, rather than an executor.

Dealing with someone’s estate may be simpler than you thought, or more complex. Whichever the case, we can help you through this tough time, so please do get in touch.