Losing a loved one is such an emotional and difficult time for family, loved ones and friends. In addition to grieving and trying to get through this very sad and traumatic time, Probate is expected to be administered for the Estate of the deceased. As you can imagine this is probably the last thing anyone wants to do but there is a legal requirement to get this sorted out.
Probate is the process of dealing with the estate of someone who has died, which generally means clearing their debts and distributing their assets in accordance with their will.
Technically, ‘probate’ refers to getting permission to carry out the wishes within someone’s Will, though the term also applies to the whole process of settling someone’s estate. If you’re responsible for executing someone’s Will, there are specific rules that set out how you notify the authorities and distribute the estate. For permission to manage this process, you’ll need to apply for a grant of probate, or grant of confirmation in Scotland.
The process for settling someone’s affairs will depend on whether you choose to do it yourself, or appoint a professional to act on your behalf. Appointing a professional can be a good idea and, if you are dealing with a complex estate, could be essential.
Please contact us so we can do all the these things to make the Probate process as stress-free and efficient as possible for you.
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