As solicitors we are used to dealing with clients financial affairs and keep up to date with the latest changes and developments.
Our service does not stop once the estate has been administered, through our close links with various financial planners and accountants we are able to put beneficiaries in touch with local business that will help them manage their inheritance.
Unless the estate is very small and with no freehold or leasehold property (such as a house or flat) the personal representatives of the deceased will have to obtain a Grant of Representation from the Probate Registry. This is a document issued by the Court showing their entitlement to deal with the estate.
We will probably be able to tell you straight away if a grant is needed, and we shall handle all the necessary paperwork for you.
If the deceased left a Will, the application is to the probate registry for a grant of probate and the Executors named in the Will must distribute the Estate in accordance with the Will
If the deceased did not make a will and therefore died ‘intestate’, the application is for a grant of letters of administration. The persons who can apply for these are laid down in Statute but broadly are the traditional next of kin. The Law will state how the Estate is to be distributed and if no relatives are found this will be paid to the Crown.
An Executor / Administrator is responsible for:
As can be seen there is a great deal to do and the executors are liable for any mistakes or delays in the administration of the estate.
We are here to remove the risk and hassle from your shoulders.