Probate & Estate Administration


Probate is the term given to the process of administering the estate of a deceased person. This can be lengthy and complicated. During the process, your executors are legally and financially liable for any loss to your estate. Although a person can carry out the probate themselves, it is recommended to get legal advice before doing so, to avoid any loss or nasty surprises.  

First, an executor must secure the estate, this means securing and properly insuring the estate and its assets. Then they must complete and submit the appropriate Inheritance Tax forms, pay any tax due and then apply for the grant of probate

Afterwards, the executors must collect in the estate, including any debts owed to the deceased. Pay any bills. Then they should make the relevant gifts, set up any trusts and distribute the estate. Usually the probate process will take six to twelve months. However, it is important that the executor carries out every duty fully and diligently to avoid any losses or potential claims against them. And this may extend the time spent on the probate considerably.  


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