When a loved one passes away, it is often up to a family member to deal with their estate. This can be a daunting task which can often turn into a far more complicated process than you might expect it to be – particularly if there isn’t a valid Will in place.
We know that this will already be an upsetting time for you and, as the executor or administrator of an estate, you may be unsure about what you need to do next and who you can turn to for some clarity, guidance and support. That’s where we can help.
If you are acting as the executor or administrator of a deceased person’s estate, or are next of kin, we can help you deal with everything correctly and efficiently, whether there is a Will in place or not, taking the pressure off you during this difficult time in your life.
Our specialist probate solicitors in Ossett and Wakefield, West Yorkshire, have extensive experience in all aspects of probate law, having helped many individuals and families with the swift and effective administration of a deceased person’s estate.
We will be on hand, when you need us most, to guide you through every step of the estate administration process, either providing advice or acting on your behalf, taking care of everything from start to finish and lifting the burden off you.
Our expert team of probate solicitors at Thornton Jones can help you with a full range of probate law services that can be tailored to match your particular needs and circumstances. The types of issues we can help you with include:
- Grant of probate
- Estate administration
- Interpreting a Will
- Challenging a Will
- Defending a Will
- Letters of administration
- Tax planning including inheritance tax and capital gains tax
- Claims under the Inheritance ( Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- Contentious probate
The Probate Process
Probate is the legal process of administering a deceased person’s estate which is made up of the money, property and any possessions they had at the time of their death.
Our dedicated team of probate solicitors will be on hand to guide you seamlessly through the probate process, ensuring that all the required tasks are completed efficiently and correctly, helping you to avoid any claims being made on the estate or any potential disputes arising.
Assets in an estate remain frozen until the Probate Registry gives the authority to the executor nominated in the Will with a document known as a Grant of Probate. We will help you with the process of probate which involves:
- Applying for grant of probate
- Collecting any money that is owed
- Selling estate property and assets
- Settling any debts due (including any outstanding taxes)
- Closing bank accounts
- Dividing the estate between the beneficiaries
Rules of Intestacy
Where there is a Will, the estate will pass to those named in the Will. Where there isn’t a Will, a suitable family member could apply to be an administrator and can, therefore, act on behalf of the estate where the Rules of Intestacy will apply.
Whatever your circumstances, our expert probate solicitors will be there to advise you at each and every stage of the probate and estate administration process, through whatever issues that might arise, and will be on ready to help you with matters such as:
- Interpreting a Will.
- Establishing the size of an estate for probate and inheritance tax purposes.
- Preparing an application for the Grant of Representation or Grant of Probate.
- Lodging the required forms with the relevant organisations to collect monies due to the estate and settle any outstanding debts.
- Arranging the transfer or sale of shares.
- Handling the sale of property or land.
- Preparing interest and inheritance tax returns.
- Preparing estate accounts.
- Advice on post death tax planning to reduce capital gains and inheritance tax liabilities.