What is probate?

When a person dies, leaving a valid Will, their assets are frozen until somebody is appointed to deal with their estate. This could include:

  • Money held in bank accounts
  • Shares, investments and bonds
  • Property
  • Possessions

For all but the smallest estates a grant of probate is required before the assets can be released and distributed.

The Grant of Probate is the authority that allows a person or persons, usually the executor(s) named in the will, to administer the estate. In England and Wales, the grant is issued by the High Court through the Probate Registries. The Court issues a certificate called a Grant of Probate which gives the executor(s) power to act. If there is no will, the certificate is called Letters of Administration and is usually issued to the deceased’s next of kin.

The probate application and estate administration process can be complex and, even if a valid will is in place, it can be both time-consuming and stressful.

How Colin Snaith can help

It’s important that executors or next of kin take legal advice before applying for the Grant of Probate. Colin provides a free guide and advisory service that clearly explains the process and the various steps involved. However, as a qualified TEP (Trust & Estates Practitioner), Colin can also deal with the administration of the estate on your behalf.

By appointing Colin to deal with your estate administration you’ll save a great deal of time and have the reassurance of knowing he’ll follow the correct procedures. Colin will quote a fixed fee for this service, and will fully and clearly explain what’s included.

Where necessary Colin has a collaboration with partner solicitor practices to execute the probate process.

Contact Colin Snaith today to discuss your requirements for probate services.

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