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In the event that someone close to you has died our probate solicitors can assist you with the probate process, including registration of the death, preparation of inheritance tax accounts, wills and trusts.
To speak to an experienced, sympathetic and efficient probate solicitor today call Greg French on 01204 377 600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Probate Process
Executors are now legally required to perform their duties with the utmost care and ‘due diligence’. If you take on the role of an executor or administrator then you become personally liable to the beneficiaries for any loss resulting from wrongful use of the deceased's property, negligence or maladministration.
Our experienced probate solicitors can assist you in the performance of your duties, ensuring you avoid breaching ‘due diligence’ regulations. Our solicitors can:
• take the necessary steps to register the death and obtain details of the deceased's assets and liabilities, with the assistance of professional valuations if required;
• prepare the Oath for executors or administrators;
• prepare Inheritance tax accounts and lodge them with the Inland Revenue;
• collect in all the deceased's assets, taking into account the relevant provisions in the deceased's will;
• ensure that all debts and liabilities of the estate are discharged, including funeral expenses and any other outstanding bills, including tax;
In the event that there is no will, our probate solicitors may have to distribute the assets according to the law of intestacy. Ensuring that all those who are entitled to benefit under the laws of intestacy are traced and receive their payment can be a complicated procedure.
If you do not currently have a will, and want to have some say over how and to whom your assets are distributed after death, visit our writing a will page for more information.
We provide detailed accounts demonstrating how the assets and liabilities of the estate have been dealt with.
To speak to a probate solicitor about wills and trusts, intestacy or any other element of the probate process, contact Greg French on 01204 377 600 or email email@example.com.
Anita is a partner at AFG LAW in the property and private client department. Initially qualified as a licensed conveyancer, she qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and now also specialises in elderly client services such as wills, lasting powers of attorney, court of protection work and probate. She is also a member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).read more