Undertaking probate at the last minute without legal support can be an exhausting task. Unfortunately, it can also become a divisive process for relatives or friends. Therefore, it is crucial to choose the right probate solicitor early on in the process. This can make all the difference if mitigating difficult legal situations becomes necessary.
We appreciate that you do not need a local solicitor for your probate needs. However, it does make popping into the office a little easier should you require a supportive face to face conversation.
As probate is an enormous area of law with many solicitors to choose from, we understand the vast amount of choice can add to the confusion. Robinson Allfree Solicitors will make your case as straightforward as possible.
If you are named in a Will as an executor of an estate, it is a responsibility that can soon become overwhelming, particularly as all this responsibility comes at an emotionally draining time for you and all of the family.
Trying to administer an estate of a deceased loved one by yourself, increases the probability that you will be faced with unnecessary stress. Our team’s main objective is to save you stress and anxiety, by helping ensure you receive the right legal guidance tailored to your needs.
Robinson Allfree’s team is exceptionally skilled at helping you with any aspect of probate or problems you may otherwise be facing during this worrying time. Whether you are feeling apprehensive about gathering all the necessary information needed, cannot find the Will, or you would like us to apply for probate on your behalf, our team would love to help you.
We will help ease your burdens by undertaking the whole process so you can focus on giving yourself enough time and space to grieve the loss of your loved one.
After you contact us, we will help you establish if the deceased person has made a valid Will (which you will usually find safely placed amongst the personal papers of the deceased, at their home).
Once you have found the valid Will, only the executor named in the Will (or a solicitor acting on their behalf) may apply for a grant of probate. If the deceased did not leave a Will, then the next of kin or their solicitor may apply for grant of letters of administration.
When probate has been issued, it acts as the legal authority for the executors of a Will to collect in and thereafter distribute the money and assets of the deceased, to the beneficiaries of the same.
If there is no Will, the rules of intestacy apply to the distribution of the estate once probate has been obtained.
There are a few main stages of the probate process:
- Valuing the estate
- Paying any Inheritance Tax due (if applicable)
- Applying for grant of probate (or letters of administration if there is no Will)
- Calling in the estate assets
- Pay the debts of the deceased out of the estate
- Distribute the remaining estate in line with the Will (or rules of intestacy if there is no Will)
We have found that some clients worry at the thought of legal fees and become concerned about the possibility of hidden costs. All of our probate fees are competitively priced (with no hidden fees), providing you with peace of mind that your loved one’s estate will be correctly managed and that there won’t be any unwelcome surprises in the form of additional fees later down the line.
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Our firm has helped thousands of people throughout Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Birchington, Deal, Dover, Sandwich and Canterbury, and all other areas in Kent, Thanet and the South East of England with their legal needs.
Get in touch today for a friendly chat to see how we can help you through this distressing time.