When a friend or loved one passes away leaving a Will which appoints someone to administer their estate (executor), and that executor must dispose of the assets of the deceased, the estate will first through probate. This involves the executors proving who they are and that the authorities accepting that the deceased left a valid Will.
However, if the deceased did not leave a Will, or their Will is invalid or incomplete in some way, administrators must be appointed, who perform a similar role to an executor. Where there are no instructions in a Will, the administrators must distribute the estate of the deceased according to rules laid down by law (the intestacy rules).
Certain assets fall outside the estate for administration purposes. The most common example is a property jointly owned by two people. When person dies, the property passes into the sole name of the survivor. Other examples include discretionary death benefits from pension funds, accounts with certain financial institutions subject to a nomination and the proceeds of life insurance policies which have been written into trust. Trust property also frequently falls outside of the estate but this depends on the terms of the trust.
We offer a full range of estate administration, probate services. We offer a clear fixed fee for our services.
Our aim is to assist, and not control; whilst ensuring that the affairs of the deceased are managed compassionately and correctly.