When a person dies, unless their estate is very small or assets are in joint names, their executors must apply for a Grant of Representation. This will either be a Grant of Probate if there is a Will or a Grant of Letters of Administration where there is no Will. The Grant will provide authority by law to correctly distribute the deceased’s estate to the beneficiaries.
An Executor (under a Will) or an Administrator (where there is no Will), is under strict legal obligations to ensure that the debts of the deceased are dealt with and that the remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the terms of the Will or intentacy rules.
Coping with the death of a loved one or a close friend can impose a great strain on you and on your family. If, whilst grieving, you are also having to carry out your responsibilities as Executor and the provisions of the Will, greater still is that pressure upon you. If there is no Will in place the closest surviving relatives will be responsible for sorting out the estate and then sharing it out in accordance with the Administration of Estates Act 1925.
All our Wills, Probate & Tax Solicitors are members of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and are recognised experts in the field. Over the years we have developed considerable expertise and are recommended in the Legal 500 for the quality of the advice provided. We have extensive experience of Estate Administration and can offer you a tailored service to meet your individual requirements, including:
- Arranging valuation of assets in the estate
- Obtaining the grant of probate or letters of administration
- Completing Inheritance tax accounts
- Advising whether a deed of variation is advantageous
- Arranging sale or auction of assets
- Arranging payment of any debts
- Advising on and dealing with the sale of any property
- Collecting in and distributing the assets amongst the beneficiaries
- Completing final income tax returns
- Assistance with funeral planning
Each estate varies considerably in its complexity. Whatever the size of the estate, from a few hundred pounds to many millions, we can deal with it, and help the Executors comply with legal obligations. The specialist team at Jobling Gowler offer a free initial consultation to discuss your particular circumstances and the legal costs involved.
Please contact our expert Solicitors today.
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