Theoretically, you don’t always need a solicitor to deal with probate – you could attempt to deal with the process on your own, especially if there is only cash in the estate and it is low value with little requirements.
However, probate can be a difficult and complex process at what is already a very difficult time for your family. Even with straightforward estates, there are plenty of other challenging issues that can take place and multiple things that could go the wrong way.
If you decide to deal with probate by yourself, as the Executor of the estate, you will be legally responsible for ensuring each of the following details:
- that the estate administration is carried out correctly
- that the estate is valued properly
- the right inheritance tax is paid
- that all the gifts are distributed according to the Will
- and all wishes are carried out.
So, if anything goes wrong, or you make a mistake, you will be held responsible for it.
Having a solicitor help you and advise on the probate process is, consequently, the most effective way to deal with probate. It will give you peace of mind that you are correctly carrying out your duty to the deceased and their beneficiaries.
How we can help:
Coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult enough without having to also deal with probate on your own. Therefore, we offer to either handle the entire process for you or just act in an advisory capacity should you wish to undertake this yourself.
Scott Rees & Co are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulations Authority. Our specialist probate solicitors have the experience and expertise to effectively deal with all the procedural requirements involved. We will ensure that the probate process is as smooth as possible and help you to meet all of your objectives stress-free.
We are here to help you and answer all your questions, contact us to discuss your requirements.