When someone dies it can be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming task to sort out their affairs. Many people struggle to know where to start when they are grieving the loss of their loved one.
When someone dies, you will first of all need the legal right to be able to deal with the person’s estate. If the person who died did not leave a Will this can make the process of dealing with their affairs more complicated and you will need to make sure that the estate is distributed to the right people.
Depending on whether the person owned property, had savings or other investments, you may need to apply for a grant of representation (often commonly referred to as a grant of probate) from the probate registry before you are able to deal with any of the deceased’s assets. You may have inheritance tax to pay and have complicated forms to fill in – the process can become complex and time consuming.
Our probate team at Clowes & Co. Solicitors have years of experience in dealing with the estates of people who die and can easily guide you through the process.
We can help with:
- Identifying whether the deceased left a Will and explain what the Will means.
- Advising on what happens to the estate if the deceased did not leave a Will.
- Value the estate, calculate any inheritance tax that may need to be paid and ensure that the forms are submitted on time.
- Advising on whether a grant of probate is required for the estate and make the application to the probate registry.
- Identifying and collecting the assets of the person who died.
- Arranging for funeral expenses to be paid from the deceased’s bank account.
- Identifying and advising on digital assets and/or accounts held by the deceased.
- Identifying and pay any debts e.g. loans, credit cards, utility bills and making sure that no future claims can be made against the estate.
- Distributing the estate to the correct beneficiaries.
We can help you with all or any part of the process and can offer fixed fees to ensure the cost of administering the estate is kept to a minimum.