When someone close to you passes away, you'll likely need some legal advice about probate and dealing with their property, money and possessions, also known as their 'estate'. This can be especially helpful when you are dealing with grief and slowly picking your life up again. No one wants to be buried in a mountain of paperwork in such a tough time, with a long list of affairs that need to be put in order.
When someone passes away, they will leave property, money and possessions behind. As mentioned above, this is officially referred to as their 'estate'. One of the first things you'll need to do is sort out who gets what.
To make sure this is done properly and to even begin working on this, you will need what is known as a 'Grant of Representation'. A Grant of Representation proves your authority to administer the estate. Though, this will all depend on whether or not the deceased has left a Will.
If the deceased has left a Will and included who they would like their executor to be (sometimes there can be multiple executors), that person will need to apply for what is called a 'grant of probate'.
However, if you are to find that the deceased never wrote a valid will, the next of kin will have to apply for what is known as a 'grant of letters of administration'.
This whole process, including applying for the grant and all of the documents needed to manage the estate, is generally referred to as 'probate'.
Put simply, the executor will have to deal with the probate process. The probate process involves:
In short, no. Not every estate will need to go through the probate process, especially if it's a relatively simple estate. For example, if there's only jointly-owned property and money which passes to a spouse or civil partner when someone has passed, probate will not usually be needed.
Provided that there are no complications along the way, you will usually find that the probate process takes somewhere between four to eight weeks to get a grant of probate after you've submitted the probate application.
Here at the Probate Bureau, we are proud to offer a fair and resonable, fixed-fee probate service in Colchester. So, if you need some expert advice, be sure to contact our Colchester probate office. No matter whether you need help with probate administration, writing a will or need advice about finances, we'll be more than happy to give our expert advice.
If you do feel confident enough to tackle the probate process yourself, be sure to take a look at our 7-step checklist. It will help you get the process started and highlight some problems you may encounter along the way and how to work through them.
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So, for more advice on the probate process, be sure to call our dedicated Colchester probate office on 0808 256 2366. Our expert team will give you all the advice you need and answer all of your questions, and we can assure you that you will never feel like just 'another number'. We treat each client case uniquely and will treat you only as we would wish to be treated ourselves.