Many people wonder why they should use a Probate Solicitor, and to most who don’t know what the process entails, Probate can seem quite alien. But using a Probate Solicitor is likely to save you a lot of money, potential legal difficulties and stress at what is an already emotional time.
You will need a Grant of Probate from the courts to show that you are entitled to administer the estate of the deceased. Executors can obtain the grant and administer the estate without probate solicitors, however there is a vast amount of research and work to be done, which if handled incorrectly can lead to further difficulties.
As Probate Solicitors we aim to ensure that our service is good value for money and that our clients experience the excellent levels of service we pride ourselves on as a firm. Using our Probate Solicitors means that you will have access to expert advice without spending large parts of the estate.
To help you to make the best decision for your situation we have listed some of the key considerations you should be making when facing Probate.
The probate process comprises numerous reliefs and allowances to calculate correctly the amount of inheritance tax that is due (or not as the case may be). An experienced professional knows how these work to minimise the amount of inheritance tax payable. The amount of tax saved may far exceed the professional fee charged.
There may be issues with the validity of the Will, the Will may be contested, there may be trusts set up in the Will, which have their own specific tax and legal rules; there may be overseas property which does not pass under the UK Will or the estate may be insolvent. These are just some issues that could make the process extremely troublesome to the DIY executor.
All client monies are held in a protected client account. Our solicitors are covered by professional indemnity insurance.
If you would like to speak to a member of our Hucknall or Bulwell Probate team today please contact us for supportive, expert advice.
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