Probate advice : How we can help you
If you need help Applying for probate we can help with all aspects of the application process. Typically, we find that clients need probate for :-
- closing a bank account
- for the sale of a property owned by the Deceased.
- sell or transfer shares
- receive monies under an Insurance policy
If you have been advised by a bank or a financial institution that you need probate, contact us now on 0844 740 1637 . We will ask a few simply straightforward questions relating to the size of the estate and the work to be undertaken. We will then let you know what documents we will need for probate and the likely costs. In all cases we always work on a fixed fee for probate. The likely documents we will need are the will, death certificate and a simple questionnaire.
Dying without a will : The Intestacy Rules
If the Deceased died without leaving any will, this means that the Intestacy Rules will apply to their estate. The person responsible for administering the estate is known as the Administrator of the estate and he or she will apply to the Probate registry for a legal document known as a Grant of letters of Administration. Once this is issued the estate can then be administered and assets collected.
Dealing with an Intestate estate can be quite confusing if you did not know the relative who had died or their assets. In addition, understanding and interpreting the Intestacy Rules can be quite confusing and as such it always sensible to seek legal advice as the Administrator would have a personal liability should any issues arise regarding the estate distribution.Contact our probate helpline on 0844 740 1637 for advice and support.
When problems arise with probate
Somtimes dealing with someone affairs after they have died can be very difficult. As we speacialise in probate we find that the most common Probate problems are in the following areas :
- When the original will has been lost. In all applications for probate the original will must be submitted, if you have losts the original in certain circumstances it is possible for the copy will to be admitted but this can be a complex application. We have considerable experience in handling copy will cases, cxall us now for further help and guidance.
- The signature of the will maybe faint. We can assist we requests from the probate registry who may require additional evidence to support the Testators signature.
- Issues relating to the witnesses signature. Sometimes the witnesses may have signed their signatures in an unusual place, if this is the case, the probate registry sometimes require an affidavit of due execution signing by the witneses. We can help if you receive such a request.
If you require advice on how to contest a will we can help. We offer expert guidance on all aspects of contested probate and can advise you on how best you can contest a will.
Resealing probate in the UK
We have a dedicated international probate team that advice on all aspects of resealing probate applications. We regularly under reseal applications from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canada.
If a reseal probate application is not possible in the UK, we can still help you obtain probate in the UK. This may require an affidavit of foreign law or the use of the foreign probate papers being submitted in the UK. we regularly assist foreign executors and administrators from, USA, Spain, and France.