Probate and Estate Administration
Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without the added burden of having to deal with their estate.
When a person dies, someone has to deal with their affairs. This is called “administering the estate”. If a Will has been left it will normally name one or more people to act as Executors. The Executors may need to apply to the Probate Registry for a Grant of Probate which is the official document that allows the Executors to administer the estate. If no Will has been left (known as dying intestate) the Law sets out who can act as administrator of the estate and who is to benefit (usually the next-of-kin).
Executors or Administrators (sometimes known as Personal Representatives) are responsible for making sure that the estate is administered correctly. This includes calculating whether inheritance tax is due and, if so, checking to see that it is paid on time.
The task of dealing with the affairs of a relative or friend who has died can seem daunting. Our experienced team of Probate lawyers and staff pride themselves on providing sound advice in a caring and sensitive manner ensuring that the estate is administered efficiently and the client kept fully informed of progress at regular intervals. We are also able to provide a full range of investment and financial advice backed up by properly recognised and monitored financial advisers.