Working in Association with Premier Solicitors LLP we can help ease the burden of administering the estate of your loved ones during a time of great emotional stress and suffering with our local Probate & Administration of Estates Service.
Someone’s estate is everything that they own; all of their assets (whether real property or personal property) and their liabilities.
An executor is a person the deceased wished to deal with the administration of their estate after their death. It is your Executor’s responsibility to:
• determine what property and other assets you owned, as well as your liabilities.
• arrange for current valuations of your personal possessions, property, investments, any pension or insurance entitlements due and also any debts and bills
• arrange for the payment of your funeral
• establish Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax liabilities and complete the necessary tax returns to submit to the Revenue
• complete and submit the necessary Probate Registry forms
• arrange the clearance and sale of any property
• collect assets and pay any debts
• arrange for the distribution of legacies and gifts to your beneficiaries
• compile detailed accounts to give to the main beneficiaries
• in the case of minor children being beneficiaries, then your Executor may act as Trustee for ongoing trusts, to hold their monies until they reach 18.
Your choice of Executors and/or the Solicitors they instruct can determine how quickly and efficiently the administration of the estate is progressed.
Probate is the court’s authority, given to a person or persons, to administer a deceased person’s estate and the document issued by the Probate Registry is called a Grant of Representation. This document is usually required by the asset holders (such as banks) as proof to show the correct person or persons have the Probate Registry’s authority to administer a deceased person’s estate.
The Probate process is needed when investments (typically over £5,000) were held in the deceased’s sole name and the banks, building societies and other organisations request for a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration in order to release the funds held.
In straightforward estates we can prepare all the necessary papers within 5 working days of receiving full information about the estate from the Executor/ Administrator, and we can then obtain the Grant within 10 working days of the Executor/ Administrator signing and returning the duly signed papers to us.
No. However, a common misconception among people is that when a person dies their debts disappear but this is not the case unless otherwise stated. When a person dies their debts are paid for from their assets at the time of death. If their debt exceeds their available assets then the estate will be insolvent. Sometimes it is not known if an estate is insolvent until the grant of probate has been received. When the estate of the deceased is insolvent, gifts and legacies cannot be distributed to the beneficiaries under the Will. This part of the law is governed by Administration of Insolvent Estates of Deceased Persons Order 1986 (DPO 1986).
A personal representative is usually the named Executor of the deceased’s Will. When a person dies without making a Will, the personal representative is the person a grant of administration has been given to. It is the duty of the personal representative to pay off all debts of the deceased and if this is not done then they may be liable to pay money back into the estate. In order to avoid this, it is advised that the personal representative should apply for an Insolvency Administration Order.
Making a Will is probably one of the most important financial decisions you can make.
The decisions you make today before you put pen to paper will determine how well your wishes are carried out and could potentially create a legacy that lasts for generations. It's a decision not to be taken lightly!
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