Probate/Intestacy

Dealing with the death of a loved one is a painful and emotional time. Following a death, it is often necessary to have to administer the estate of the deceased, often called ‘Probate’, and this can be an additional burden that many people would rather leave in the hands of somebody else.

We have been advising people regarding the administration of estates for over two centuries. The amount of action required after a person has died will vary greatly and will often depend upon the value of the estate, the complexity of the assets within the estate and whether or not there is a valid Will. Inheritance Tax could also be an issue.

If there is a valid Will it is likely that it will be necessary to obtain a Grant of Probate in the estate; it is usually the Executors of the Will who do this. ‘Probate’ is the term often used to describe the administration of an estate.

If there is no Will then the estate will pass in accordance with the Intestacy Rules and it will likely be necessary to obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration in the estate, it is usually the next of kin who will do this.

If you are currently dealing with a bereavement and are unsure of what steps to take next we have put together this Estate Administration Guide to try to assist you. You should always ensure that you take professional advice before commencing the administration of an estate.

Over the years we have helped many people and their families across Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, Wigan, Parbold, Burscough, Formby, Southport and throughout Lancashire, Merseyside and nationwide in relation to probate, intestacy and estate administration issues. Our specialist probate solicitors will be able to help you with your legal requirements.

If you require our Private Client, Wills & Estate Administration services please contact Michael Prendergast or call him at our office.

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