Probate Lawyers in London
We are probate solicitors in London, Greenwich. ‘Probate’ is a quite complicated term as it means both an actual certificate, a Grant of Representation, that allows a deceased person’s estate to be divided between the beneficiaries, and also the process of doing so. ‘Going through Probate’ is when you are undertaking the administrative tasks that are required to tie up all the loose ends of an estate and finally settle which assets go to which beneficiaries. Probate can be quite complicated, as there are many things that can affect the process; did the deceased person leave a will or not? How large was the estate that they left? What is the current situation of the beneficiaries? All of these things can affect the process of your probate.
Applying for the grant of probate and organising the affairs yourself can be very overwhelming during a time of bereavement. There is a heavily administrative side to dealing with probate, and it will be your responsibility to ensure that any outstanding debts are discovered and paid off, that the estate is distributed as set out in the Will and that correct Inheritance Tax is paid. During such a difficult time, it can feel like a very big mountain to climb alone, which is why it is advisable to turn to an experienced third party.
On the death of a loved one, their estate (money, property and possessions) must be dealt with. Assets need to be collected in, debts (and if required taxes) must be paid and then the remainder is distributed to those entitled to it. This process is called “administering the estate“.
Probate If the deceased made a Will
The deceased nominates an ‘executor’ in their Will to administer their estate. An executor should apply for a ‘grant of probate’ from the probate registry which confirms that they have the authority to deal with the deceased’s estate and allows them to access funds, sell assets and ensure that the terms of the Will are carried out.
Probate If the deceased died without a Will
If the deceased died without making a Will, they have died ‘intestate.’ A close relative or connection can apply for a ‘grant of letters of administration’ which confirms that the administrator has the authority to deal with the deceased person’s assets. The Administration of Estates Act 1925 sets out who can apply for the grant of letters of administration and deal with the affairs of a person who has died intestate.
Our Legal Team
Salma carries out a broad range of private client work which include the all wills and probate work. Her expertise is in estate planning matters.
Francesca is our established Solicitor who deals with all will writing matters. She has a deep understanding of all legal aspects of will drafting.
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Wills & Probate Fees
|Single Wills||From £150||£30||From £180|
|Mirror Wills||From £250||£50||From £300|
|Probate||From £800||£160||From £960|
|Lasting Power of Attorney||From £350||£70||From £420|