Probate & Estate Planning

What is Probate? Probate is the legal process involving the distribution of a deceased person’s property and other assets in accordance with the terms of their will.

Our team have the expertise to help you with this and can help you with the preparation of your will, including advices in respect of trusts, and efficient estate planning regarding taxation.

In family law matters our team is familiar with acting for clients in what can be often stressful situations, involving a multitude of seemingly complex issues.

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    Probate & Estate Planning : Your Top Questions Answered

    Should you take out a grant of probate?
    A A grant of probate is a document that states that you are legally allowed to settle the estate of someone who has died.

    A grant of probate is not always required: if the total value of the estate is small, or accounts, property and assets were owned jointly, you can potentially settle the estate without one.

    Should you make a will?
    A By making a will, you control who it is that benefits when you die. If you do not make a will, the intestacy rules will apply.

    These will decide who benefits from your death. So if you don’t make a will, a relative that you don’t get along with will be equally entitled to take a share in your estate. You will also decide who it is that is responsible for looking after your affairs. This can avoid unnecessary conflict amongst family members.

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