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Through careful estate planning, probate can be avoided; saving time, money and unnecessary stress.

If you are named as an Executor in someone’s Will, you may have to apply for Probate. This is a legal document which grants the individual authority (through grant of Probate) to share out the estate of the deceased to the instructions in their Will. There are specific rules which are set out as to how you notify the authorities and distribute the estate when executing the Will.

If the deceased had jointly owned land, property, shares or money – these should automatically pass to the surviving owners, and therefore Probate should not be needed. You can apply for probate if you are named in the Will, or there is an update to the will (a ‘codicil’), as an ‘Executor’. If you do not want to apply for probate and there are no other named executors you can contact your local Probate office to find out what to do.

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Mrs Adams had co-habited with her partner for over 20 years; she had also put money into the house for home improvements in the past. He died suddenly without a will or children and when Mrs Adams attended his funeral, his sisters told her that by law they would inherit the house. Mrs Adams was extremely worried and following advise from two separate solicitors firms, she had given up hope of retaining her home. She then approached Perfect Wills & Estate Planners, who advised that under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Independence) Act 1975 she could make a claim and probably retain her home in which she had resided for many years. Perfect Wills through our Associates secured the house in her name and negotiated a very fair and affordable settlement for the two sisters.

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Probate is the process of dealing with the estate of someone who has died. It involves the settling of debts and the distribution of assets (property, money and possessions) in accordance with the Will of the deceased.

If the deceased did not leave a Will, ‘letters of administration’ will be issued. It is then the ‘administrator’ who would deal with the estate. You can apply to become the estate’s administrator if you were the deceased spouse (husband or wife) – even if you were separated, or civil partner or child. Without a Will, the Law will decide who inherits, this is known as ‘Intestacy’. The same process for Probate would need to be applied.

Probate can take a minimum of three to four months, but could take up to two years to complete, and can typically cost between 1.5-5% of the value of your estate.

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