The term ‘Probate’ is commonly used to describe the process of administering a deceased person’s estate. Breens solicitors are here to help you with all of your probate needs, and it all starts with a free initial enquiry. We understand that you have more likely than not arrived here at a difficult time, so we aim to make it easy for you to discover what you need to do.
“The staff were a pleasure to liaise with and are a credit to the company. In all matters, they were professional and easy to deal with making the process as painless as possible. Many thanks.”
The Probate Process Explained
If a Will exists, then one or more Executors will have been appointed to ensure that the wishes expressed in the Will are fulfilled. If a person has died intestate (without making a Will) then an application will need to be made to the Probate Registry for a grant of ‘Letters of Administration’ to authorise someone to deal with the estate.
Most estates need a ‘Grant of Representation’ (obtained either through Probate or Letters of Administration) before the deceased’s assets can be released for transfer to the beneficiaries, but this is not always the case. Usually, estates under £5,000 will not require any sort of Grant.
Our team is on hand to advise you on the correct interpretations of the terminology and, if you would like us to, we can apply for Probate on your behalf to make the process as fast and smooth as it possibly can be for you.
We are able to assist Executors or Administrators with the administration of the Estate, including obtaining valuations to determine its size for Probate and Inheritance Tax (IHT) purposes.
We can also prepare the necessary IHT return and, if required, collect monies due, settle outstanding debts and arrange for the transfer or sale of any shares, property or land.
The estates of many people will be liable for Inheritance Tax, but steps can be taken to minimise this liability, including the creation of Trusts. There are many different options available, depending on your assets and the number of beneficiaries you need to consider. We can advise you on the most appropriate course for your particular circumstances.
There are occasions when it may be necessary to change the entitlement of a beneficiary and we can advise on a Deed of Variation, should this arise.
Solicitors For The Elderly
Breens solicitors have members of Solicitors For The Elderly in our Probate department to ensure that you receive the best service possible.
Solicitors For The Elderly members have a wealth of experience and training which helps put people at their ease when dealing with complex, life-changing issues.
How Much Does Probate Cost?
The cost for arranging probate will depend on a number of factors, such as the size of the estate, the complexity of applying for and obtaining probate and many other matters.
We will provide you with a price after a free initial discussion with you, so you have nothing to fear about calling us. We will simply take some details from you, explain how we can help and then advise you of the options available to you so that you can then make an informed decision about how to proceed.
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“Victoria, thank you so much for your kind attention when drawing up our wills. You made it a real pleasure. You are a lovely, personable person as well as being so capable at your job. We will certainly come back to Breens for any future legal requirements.”
Dave and Betty Foster