Probate Professional Services Southend-on-Sea Posted by Probate Southend , 12/03/2018

Probate Professional Services Southend-on-Sea

Probate Professional Services Southend-on-Sea Outlined by The Probate Bureau


What exactly is Probate?


Probate is the administrative procedure which resolves claims and distributes a deceased person's estate. The granting of probate is the first task within this legal activity.


So what is a Will?


A will is actually a legal document in which an individual communicates their choices of how their home and possessions, known as the estate, will be distributed after they die. A minimum of one executor must be appointed in a will, and they're accountable for handling the estate to its conclusion.


How does Probate work without having a Will?


Probate is the legal process that takes place to deal with the liabilities and assets when a person passes away. The process is carried out by the probate court. If a person dies and leaves a will, then probate is needed to apply the provisions of the will. The probate process nevertheless has to take place if a person passes away without having a will and has real estate and possessions that need to be allocated within the law of inheritance.


Can I do Probate On My Own?


You can do probate yourself (DIY Probate), you will need lots of time, typically takes approximately 6 to 9 months to accomplish and can require 80 working hours. Be aware that other difficulties could mean the procedure will take much longer. Issues could be, in the event the Will is contested, or perhaps the deceased didn't keep a clear document of all their assets. If you're considering working on probate yourself then do your research prior to starting to make sure you can devote the time necessary for this legal course of action.


The process includes:

  • Valuing the estate
  • Collating the deceased bank accounts and insurance policies
  • Completing the Probate Application Form (PA1)
  • Even if the estate does not owe inheritance tax (IHT) an IHT205 Form needs to be completed for the HMRC
  • Submitting the forms o Attending a probate appointment to declare 'on' oath what you have submitted is exact o Paying the tax due


What are Probate Fees?


Probate Fees are the service fees for the assistance of both the solicitor and executor and they are extracted from the deceased's estate. If the executor is a relative that will inherit from the estate then it's typical for them to waive their fees.


Is it necessary to proceed through Probate when there is a Will?


Wills only need to undergo probate if you wish to switch the ownership of assets from among the deceased to their living beneficiaries.


Just how do you go through Probate without having a Will?


The probate process starts once you file the probate petition with the probate court to either; admit the will to probate and appoint the executor or; if there is no will, to designate an administrator of the estate.

What happens to your children if you don't have a Will?


If you die without a will, the law takes control and the court will distribute your assets to your next of kin-based upon the order of succession. If they are children, the probate court will also have to designate a conservator for them, as well as a guardian, consequently a legitimately created will is very important to ensure your children are looked after and cared for by the person who you intend to be their guardian.


What needs to go through Probate?


Not everything you own will automatically go through probate. Often, assets that don't proceed through probate are; jointly owned assets that transfer to the surviving owner; assets that have a valid beneficiary designation; and properties and assets which are within a trust. Consequently, it isn't often required to obtain Probate if all the deceased's belongings are jointly held with a surviving husband or wife because these assets will pass automatically. It is usually best to check these with a solicitor in planning the process and paperwork because they do not always avoid probate, therefore it is always best to check to start with.

What do I need to do in order to make certain my assets and estate are distributed as I would like them to when I have passed away?


Always visit a specialist and qualified solicitor who specialises in writing wills as they can be complicated and difficult to understand yourself. Talk to your solicitor about your wishes in each and every circumstance, covering each and every chain of event to ensure your desires are implemented. When they've offered their advice, ask them questions about what would happen in specific situations to ensure they have understood your needs. Bear in mind, if you don't have an in-depth will which has been prepared and certified correctly then this can often trigger difficulties and family rifts once you die. Numerous estates and assets diminish in these situations because the legal charges may be huge. Always talk through your will with the family members to make certain they are clear concerning your wishes when you have died.


How much is Inheritance Tax in the UK?


Your estate will owe tax at 40% on anything higher than the £325,000 inheritance tax threshold when you die, or 36% should you leave at the very least 10% to a charity. The standard Inheritance Tax rate is 40%. It's only charged for your estate that's over the threshold of £325,000. As an example, if your estate is worth £500,000 your tax-free threshold is £325,000. The Inheritance Tax will be costed at 40% of £175,000 (£500, 000 minus £325,000).


Will you pay tax on inherited money?


You do not usually pay tax on anything you inherit at the time you inherit it. You may need to pay: Income Tax on any profit you later make money from your inheritance, by way of example, dividends from shares or rental income from a property and Capital Gains Tax if you in the future sell shares or a property you inherited.


About the Probate Bureau Services in Southend-on-Sea


We are a family run company and were established in 1999 after many people were encountering problems with some of the conventional providers of probate estate administration services. In conjunction with our sister company TPB Financial Services, we offer customised legal and financial solutions, saving families money and administering estates in sometimes half the time and also at half the cost of most other service providers. Our friendly and experienced staff are always readily available to help you with an ever- increasing complicated area of legal practice.


We are based in Hertfordshire together with our sister company, TPB Financial Services Ltd. We provide an exceptional combination of tailor-made legal and financial remedies for families at an extremely tough and stressful time in Southend and throughout Essex. As well as offering a complete probate management service we deliver estate planning, inheritance tax advice and also the drafting of Wills, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney.


The Probate Bureau Ethos


Our ethos is to save family members time, money and stress. We shoulder the complete burden of winding up an estate from paying of the funeral director to getting final Inland Revenue clearance and give the most beneficial support at a fair and realistic fixed fee. Our highly effective and experienced team is led by our in-house lawyer and if there are no complications we administer numerous estates inside of six months. Our company offers a free of charge, no obligation meeting in your home and we will answer any worries and questions you've got at this difficult time.


Our professionals are not paid commission, and we do not pay or receive any commission payment from other companies. Which means you are safe in the knowledge we are going to do the best for you and your family. We are the longest running specialist estate administration business in the UK and are recommended by more than 1000 unbiased funeral directors.


We're highly regarded and highly trusted in the marketplace and this means we've been able to secure professional special discounts which we then pass onto our customer's, resulting in more money being retained within a family and estate.


Why Choose Us?


Most of our business stems from word of mouth, the following are some of the factors why you ought to select us to assist you with your Probate or Will:


1. Your call definitely won't be answered by an impersonal call centre. The team member who takes your call will have the first- hand experience with administering an estate and are bereavement trained, being highly sensitive to your needs at this difficult time. We guarantee your enquiry is going to be answered by an experienced and understanding specialist.


2. We do not have commission compensated sales agents like a lot of companies do. Should you prefer a free of charge, no obligation home visit you'll be seen by a director of the business; who will provide you with all the guidance and information you need, along with a comprehensive and reliable quote.


3. We don't ask for money at the start when you instruct us except if there's an unconventional situation so we have in mind the quicker and more proficiently we complete the administration, the earlier we are paid off. At the outset of the process, we'll highlight what the disbursements are likely to be based on the data we have. Our fees are clearly explained with no hidden extras so there aren't any surprises for you at the conclusion of the process.


4. Our team are incredibly experienced and we have an established track record. We only employ properly accredited staff members and we utilise cutting-edge case management software, making each and every probate process extremely effective for us and every client. We are the longest running, expert Probate Administration Company in the UK, and are recommended by more than 1000 independent funeral directors, and various other legal and financial professionals.


5. We only deal with the best professional associates: Using an in-house independent financial service adds a new and positive dimension to our existing services. A solicitor is unable to give you financial advice and an accountant or financial advisor cannot provide you with legal counsel; we, nevertheless, can give you both.


It has never been more essential to protect what you create or inherit. Sound legal and financial advice is a must in today's significantly complex legal world. We've professional connections with Estate agents, accountants and many more, so we can offer you a true" one-stop shop" experience, helping you save time, money and anxiety.


6. Whilst every case differs from the others, we can give you a fixed quotation when we meet with you and are anything in between 15% to 48% less expensive than a standard solicitors fee. You can see our comparison charges right here: http://www.probatebureau.com/why-use-us/. We don't charge a per hour fee or charge for every telephone call, email or letter so and that means you can call every time you have a query or problem and never have to worry about rising service fees. We never compromise on the quality of services our company offers and our aim is to save families time, money and stress at one of the most difficult times of their lives.

  • We are qualified by examination to write Wills and relevant written documents
  • We have £2m of Professional Indemnity Insurance protection to safeguard our customers
  • We have undergone a Disclosure & Barring Service ('DBS'' formally 'CRB')
  • We carry out consistent expert refresher training ('CPD') to update our knowledge and service
  • We are subject to the IPW's Code of Practice that has been approved by the Trading Standards Institute under its Consumer Codes Approval Scheme
  • We also comply with The Solicitors Regulation Authority Code of Conduct


7. Finally, and most importantly, we care. We are passionate and care about protecting and enhancing your inheritance. We will never treat you like one more number, each one of our customers is unique and all of us are trained to treat you exactly how we wish to be treated ourselves. If you are looking for professional guidance or would like to discover how to administer an estate yourself, The Probate Bureau will help. We can let you know everything you need to know about administering a loved one's estate. Contact us on 0808 256 2366 to check what you should do, and even more importantly, what you should never do before you do anything else. The Probate Bureau- professional probate services in Southend-on-Sea.

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