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May

How a solicitor can help you with Probate

At Future Planning Solutions we understand that dealing with the estate of a loved one who has passed away can be a daunting and difficult task.

Instructing a solicitor to help with probate can often ease the burden at an already stressful time.

Below, our legal experts outline the practical benefits to seeking professional help when administrating an estate.

If you’d like to speak with one of our specialist probate solicitors direct, call 01282 695400.

What is probate?

Probate refers to the process of dealing with the deceased’s estate. The person named as executor in the Will is responsible for a number of tasks to wind up the estate, such as closing bank accounts, paying taxes and bills and distributing any money or property to those who are entitled to it.

Probate can be lengthy and time-consuming process with a considerable amount of administrative, legal and tax work involved. In most instances, probate can take months to complete.

You can read more about probate by clicking here.

DIY vs professional help

Whether or not you chose to instruct a professional to help with the probate process is a personal choice.

In some circumstances, for example if the estate is uncomplicated or small, you could complete probate yourself or it might not even be required.

However, professional help could be useful in a number of circumstances, especially if:

  • The estate is large and complex
  • There are inheritance tax issues to consider
  • There are foreign assets
  • The deceased died without a Will or there are doubts regarding the validity of a Will
  • The estate is bankrupt

A solicitor can help you through the entire probate process ‘ from applying for the Grant of Probate and dealing with inheritance tax through to dealing with all aspects of the estate.

By instructing a probate solicitor you can be confident that their expertise will help make the process as hassle-free and quick as possible.

Alternatively, if you decide to take a ‘DIYâ? approach to probate, you must be prepared to commit a considerable amount of time. You must also be aware that without professional help, you could become legally and/or financially responsible for any errors that are made. A simple incorrect form or inaccurate estate valuation could add time, stress and money to the probate process.

How Future Planning Solutions can help you

Our dedicated probate team aims to help ease the burden of a loved one passing and provide sensitive, conscientious advice at a time you need it most.

To see how we can help you, call Future Planning Solutions on 01282 695400.

Or if you are an executor or administrator of an estate and would like more information on the probate services we offer, complete our quick contact form and a legal expert will be in touch shortly.

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