Probate and Estate Administration
Probate is a declaration by the court that confirms the validity of a will and the authority of the executor. There is no general requirement that a will be submitted to probate. Many estates are processed without a probate application, and several strategies can be used in advance to avoid the need for a probate application. Probate is usually required because third parties, such as financial institutions or the land registry office, are unwilling to rely on a will unless the court has confirmed its validity. Where there is no will, an application for a certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee Without a Will may be required to appoint an administrator to handle the estate. If an application to the court for probate or administration is required, we can assist you with the application and the administration of the estate in a timely and efficient manner.
- Applying to the court for the certificate
- Ascertaining the assets of the deceased
- Dealing with financial institutions
- Discharging liabilities and paying necessary taxes
- Distributing property to beneficiaries
- Post-mortem tax planning