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Probate and Estate Administration

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Probate and Estate Administration

Dealing with an estate following someone’s death can be a complicated process. Whether your loved one has died with or without making a Will, we can provide expert advice and guide you through the process, ensuring that the estate is dealt with efficiently and that the wishes of your loved one are carried out.

today for no obligation advice on probate and estates.

We offer a wide range of services at our offices or in your home on the following matters:-

  • Obtaining Grants of Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Determining beneficiaries
  • Gathering and preserving the assets of the estate
  • Arranging a valuation of assets
  • Settling estate debts
  • Dealing with tax issues, including inheritance tax
  • Preparing estate accounts
  • Distributing the assets in accordance with the Will or Intestacy rules

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which enables someone you trust to deal with your affairs. These can be used if you are worried about managing your finances or other decisions in later life.

According to the Alzheimers Society, there are around 800,000 people in the UK with dementia. Obtaining a Lasting Power of Attorney this allows you to choose the person you wish to make decisions for you, should you lose the mental capacity to make them yourself. You can choose a friend, family member or professional as your attorney.

There are two types of Lasting Power Of Attorney:-

  • Health and Welfare, dealing with:-
    • Daily care routine
    • Medical care
    • Moving into a care home
    • Life sustaining treatment
  • Property & Financial Affairs, dealing with:-
    • Managing bank and building society accounts
    • Paying bills
    • Collecting benefits or pensions
    • Selling your home

We can provide assistance in obtaining and registering a Lasting Power of Attorney.

If you have a relative or loved one who does not have a Lasting Power of Attorney and who has lost mental capacity, then you must make an application to the Court of Protection to obtain their authority to deal with their affairs. This can be a long, complicated and time consuming process. We can provide you with expert assistance in making the application to the Court of Protection.

Contact our Wills and Probate department for advice on any of the above matters on 01246 266637 or by completing our short Online Enquiry Form.

Contesting a Will

If you feel you have not been sufficiently provided for in the Will of a loved one after their death, you may be entitled to challenge the Will.

There are a number of ways a Will can be challenged including:-

  • The person making the Will did not truly understand the document;
  • The Will was prepared/executed incorrectly;
  • The Will has been made under undue influence;
  • You are a dependant and have not been sufficiently provided for in the Will.

Contact our experts who can provide practical advice and assistance in the legal process of making a claim against the estate.


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