Wills & Probate

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Probate

Probate is the legal process to prove that a will is valid and can be acted upon. A Grant of Representation (called a Grant of Probate if there is a will) is the document issued as evidence that the process has been completed and the deceased’s estate can be dealt with.

This process and the subsequent administration of the estate is carried out by the deceased’s Personal Representatives. If the deceased leaves a valid will these Personal Representatives are known as Executors. In all other cases they are known as Administrators.

The Personal Representatives have a duty to

  • dispose of the body of the deceased
  • collect in and administer the deceased’s property
  • deal with any tax implications

If you have been appointed an Executor under a will or if you are an Administrator, we can deal on your behalf with the necessary paperwork and administer the estate quickly, efficiently and cost effectively so you do not have to worry.

If this firm has been appointed Executor under the terms of a will, then we will deal with all aspects of the administration.

Wills & Probate

Michelle Davidson-Smith heads up the private client department.

One of our specialist team can take you through the often difficult process of preparing your will or lasting power of attorney to ensure that the best possible arrangements are in place to suit your particular needs. We will refer you for specialist tax and independent financial advice where appropriate and we work closely with local firms of accountants who offer specialist advice at preferential rates. We also undertake probate work and are able to assist in the administration of estates at all levels.

The team offer an out of hours telephone service so that a client is able to speak directly with a solicitor.

Free initial appointments are also available so that a client may come into the office and be informed without financial commitment as to the best way to effectively deal with their situation.

Michelle adopts a caring and sympathetic approach to all clients. Working with you means results.



Links

www.direct.gov.uk
www.justice.gov.uk
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