After someone dies, probate is the formal, legal process of getting official approval for their will and then distributing all their assets in line with their wishes.
After someone dies, probate is the formal, legal process of getting official approval for their will and then distributing all their assets in line with their wishes. It doesn’t have to be done by a solicitor, but coping with the death of a loved one is no time to be learning the intricacies of sorting out someone’s estate.
You don’t always need a ‘grant of probate’ to deal with a deceased person’s assets. Where their estate is worth less than £5,000 and only includes cash in normal bank accounts you can simply go ahead and distribute the money. But for anything more than this amount, or where land or shares are involved you will have to get a grant.
There are also certain complicated circumstances when you would be well advised not to tackle probate without legal advice; for example where the estate is over the inheritance tax threshold (currently £325,000), if the will is being contested or there was no will, or if the estate involves trusts or is insolvent.
We have a team of solicitors with the specialist legal and tax knowledge to handle everything from straightforward probate applications to administering large and complicated estates. Using our experts ensures the process is smooth and efficient and means you don’t have to worry about anything, from filling in the forms incorrectly to unexpected complications.
We only use fully qualified solicitors who have the experience to manage every part of the process, so you can rest assured your loved one’s assets are in good hands.