We are solicitors in Newcastle under Lyme who can help you apply for Probate. Contact us for a personalised service. Our job is to make what can be a difficult time easier for you.
What do I do when someone dies?
The first question is whether there is a Will or not. If there is a Will, the person or people named as executors are responsible for sorting out the estate. If there is no Will, you might need to apply for probate (a grant of representation) to get permission to deal with the estate. If the estate is small and you can prove that you are the closest next of kin, you might not need to apply for probate.
Do I have to use a solicitor?
It is important that you find the original Will. The solicitor who drafted the Will might be storing it and so you would need to collect the Will from them if you are the executor; you will need to prove your identity. Even if a solicitor has the original Will, you can still choose to instruct a different solicitor or deal with the estate yourself. If the estate is small, it might be enough to show the Will and death certificate or a certified copy to the bank or utility. Rather than part with the original Will, I suggest you get certified copies from a solicitor.
Depending on the value of the estate and whether you have to apply for probate, you probably will find it easier to instruct a solicitor.
How do I apply for probate?
There is a useful guide on the government website about how to apply for probate. Often people don’t know where to start when someone passes away. We can meet with you to advise and guide you. To make the most of our first meeting you should bring with you the will (if there is one) and as much of the financial documentation as you can find. You can then decide whether to deal with the estate yourself from then on or whether you want to instruct us to administer the estate and apply for probate where necessary.
What if there’s no Will?
The closest relative(s) can apply to the Probate Registry for Grant of Representation so that they can then distribute the estate under the rules of intestacy.
Phone for free initial advice on 01782 627589.
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