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Expert advice on probate, and how to avoid a costly, lengthy legal process

If you possess a will with an executor named to manage your affairs when you die, you have made a crucial first-step step towards reducing the burden of probate on your family.

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Probate gives your executor the authority to share your estate according to the instructions you have provided in your will.

However, probate can often seem daunting, especially at such a sensitive time when your family will be grieving. If the executor is a family member, they may feel overwhelmed by the process; they may see it as complicated, or they may not have the time to deal with everything that is required.

This is where Brighton Wills can help: we can provide caring, sympathetic support for the executor; we can carry out many of the initial responsibilities on their behalf, and our company solicitors will manage the official procedures at a preferential rate.

Do I have to apply for probate?

Probate is required by law if your estate is worth more than £5000. If it is, your family will not be able to deal with your property or financial affairs until the probate process is completed. Probate can take up to 6-months even if you have a will in place, but it can take up to 2-years and cost many thousands of pounds more in legal fees if you do not. How can you help with the probate process? We can administer the probate forms and apply for a Grant of Probate on your behalf — we can also carry out the following tasks to help your executor:

  • Register the death with the local probate registry.
  • Pay the funeral expenses.
  • Find all the financial documentation of the deceased.
  • Value the deceased person’s estate.
  • Prepare the relevant IHT return and pay any Inheritance Tax due.
  • Register the grant of probate with the relevant institutions e.g. banks, building societies.
  • Take care of the deceased assets, e.g. secure an empty property; make sure the property is insured and adequately maintained.
  • Transfer the ownership of any property and close any accounts.
  • Provide help and advice if the deceased left assets in a trust or overseas.
  • Write a deed of variation for beneficiaries who are under 18-years old.
  • Complete any required income tax return or capital gains return on behalf of the deceased.
  • Pay all outstanding debts or liabilities owed by the deceased.
  • Collect any property or money owed to the deceased.
  • Pay any expenses incurred.
  • Prepare final accounts for the estate.
  • Set up Trusts which may arise from the will.
  • Distribute the estate by following the will or according to the Laws of Intestacy.

Probate does not need to be as complicated as it seems, and the burden on your family can be reduced significantly if you provide the correct instruction in a will.


Why choose Brighton Wills?

  • You will be dealing with real people who have your best interests at the heart of our business.
  • We maintain excellent standards through our membership of The Society of Will Writers, who administer the industry Code of Practice.
  • Our professional, yet non-stuffy approach is a testament to the hundreds of satisfied clients who have chosen Brighton Wills to write over 1,500 wills and lasting power of attorney documents since 2014.
  • And for your peace of mind — we carry Professional Indemnity Insurance of £2 million — and we are always happy to provide references if required.

More Information

  • 01What is Probate?Read more
  • 02How Does Probate Work?Read more
  • 03What is Intestacy?Read more
  • 04What is an Inheritor? Read more
  • 05What Is an Inheritance?Read more
  • 06What is an Executor?Read more
  • 07What is a Trust?Read more
  • 08What is a Testator?Read more
  • 09What is a Last Will and Testament?Read more
  • 10What is a Bequest?Read more
  • 11What is a Beneficiary?Read more
  • 12Who Can Inherit if There is No Will?Read more

What to Consider

Passing without a will in place could leave your loved ones facing financial hardship, unbearable pressure and mounting legal fees at a time of mourning. A will helps protect your assets and relieves the debilitating worry your family could face.

Did you know that over 850,000 people in the UK are affected by dementia? Loss of mental capacity could leave you unable to access your bank account, pay your bills and maintain your home unless you have prepared a lasting power of attorney.

Probate can often seem overwhelming so close to bereavement, and the process can appear confusing, time-consuming and complicated. We can apply for a grant of probate on your behalf and administer the probate forms to relieve the pressure.

A Family Trust can be a simple way to protect your assets and put your family first. It lets you choose how to benefit your family during your lifetime and makes critical provisions should you die. Assets can be diminished over time, and a Family Trust is a cost-effective way of preventing this from happening.

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Will writing doesn’t have to be an expensive, stuffy experience you put off until it’s too late! Call us Today on 01273 385833 to discuss your options.