Our probate solicitor at Andrew & Andrew
When you lose a loved one, it can be an upsetting and emotional time; you could be in shock or simply feel like hiding under your duvet, or want to grieve with your nearest and dearest. The thing that may be low down on your priority list at this time is having to navigate your way through the legal minefield of probate, even if you have agreed to be the personal representative to administer the will. At Andrew & Andrew, we have a probate solicitor who is highly experienced and ready to take the weight off your shoulders when you need supporting the most.
What we can do to help
When a loved one has passed away, the legal administration work has to begin in order for their estate to be settled and for the will to be read and adhered to. As a personal representative, you would need to apply for a deed to be able to start acting in your role, unless the estate is very straightforward. We can do all of this for you. We will find out whether or not there needs to be an application made for this deed and if there does, we can do this for you.
Once the deed is granted, we then collate the information required to find out the value of the deceased’s assets. By having the valuation, we can then settle any liabilities or taxes on your behalf. After this has been completed, it is then possible to divide the estate up in accordance with the will. As executor of the will, you will fulfill your role, but with our expert guidance, so you aren’t left to deal with these affairs on your own. You can ask us as many questions as you need to throughout the entire process and we will always communicate openly, efficiently and knowledgeably. Our probate solicitor will ensure that the work is completed as speedily as possible and you shouldn’t feel frustrated as we will actively keep you updated, so you won’t feel the need to chase us up when you are already dealing with so much.
Making a will
Of course, probate involves making a will in the first place and we can also help with this. We want you to feel comfortable thinking about life after you are gone. We know this can be a strange notion for some people, but we have the experience to deal with all matters sensitively and ensure that your affairs will be in order once you have passed away. Ultimately, there can be important issues to address, such as who would have legal guardianship of your children if they are minors; who should inherit your property and money if you are gone. Sometimes, this isn’t as straightforward without a will and it can be very distressing for those who are left behind to deal with these things once you have gone. To protect them, making a will is a very sensible and selfless act of love and care for those who are close to you.
If you would like to chat with us in the first instance to find out more about how we can help, why not give us a call? Our probate solicitor is here to assist and ready to get you the support you need, whatever the area of probate you require a helping hand with.