Ensuring Your Last Wishes Are Carried Out
The death of someone close is a distressing time.
The last thing those who are grieving need is to deal with endless paperwork, a dispute over their estate or problems with probate.
That’s why our experts are on hand to draw up wills and to help you deal with probate and the administration of estates.
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Why Everyone Should Make A Will
If you do not make a will, the state will decide who will inherit your estate, in accordance with the rules of intestacy.
The people you want to inherit may get nothing.
Expert advice is essential to ensure the will you make is legal and its provisions are clear.
There are some circumstances where it is especially important to ensure you have a will:
- If you are not married to your partner – partners do not automatically have the same legal rights as husbands, wives, and civil partners. Even if you have lived together for many years, your partner may be left with nothing if you do not make a will.
- If you have children – who will provide for them and take care of them?
- If several people depend on you financially – there could be confusion or disputes and several people may make a claim against your estate.
- You may not be taking advantage of beneficial inheritance tax provisions.
It is important that you keep a will up to date. Major life changes like marriage, divorce, separation, and having children could mean changes to your will.
What We Will Do For You
Our team of solicitors will ensure your will is clear, easy to understand, and legal. We are also able to help with:
- Choosing your Executors or indeed acting as professional Executors and Trustees
- Inheritance tax and estate planning
- Trusts, including those for children and vulnerable adults
Dealing With Probate
When someone dies, an executor or administrator may apply for the legal right to deal with their money, property, and possessions.
They might have to deal with the Probate Registry, find out if there was a will, and inform several official organisations about the death.
If you’ve lost someone, sorting through paperwork and contacting the organisations your loved one dealt with is the last thing you want to do.
Passmores Solicitors is here to help you. We’re experienced in probate and estate administration and we can help you whether your loved one had a will or not.
We provide a friendly, sympathetic, and professional service and our advice is free of legal jargon.
What We Will Do For You
We can help you by:
- Helping with funeral arrangements
- Notifying organisations of the death
- Assisting with the probate application and administration of the estate from beginning to end
- Obtaining the paperwork needed such as a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
- Dealing with liabilities and protecting the executors from future claims
- Dealing with the calculation and payment of inheritance tax.
- Dealing with distribution of the estate (money, property and possessions) in accordance with the will or rules of intestacy
- Dealing with probate disputes, whether bringing the claim or defending it
- Assisting with house clearance and the eventual sale of any property.