Probate & estate administration
‘Probate’ is the term commonly used when talking about applying for the right to deal with a deceased person’s estate.
The administration of an estate is usually dealt with by the executors named in a Will, and the grant of representation issued by the Probate Registry following an application is called a Grant of Probate.
If a deceased person doesn’t leave a Will, a statutory order of priority exists which sets out who can apply as an administrator of the estate. In this case, the document issued is called a Grant of Letters of Administration.
If there is a valid Will but no executor to obtain probate, an application can be made for a Grant of Letters of Administration with Will Annexed.
The estate administration process and the complexity of it will vary according to the assets in the estate and the terms of the Will. It can be a sensitive and difficult time for the executors, but our highly skilled team is able to assist with all aspects of the administration of an estate, and can provide as much or as little help as required.
We are often included in Wills to act as executors either in place of or together with family members or friends. If this is something you are interested in, rest assured that as well as experience, we can offer impartiality when it comes to administering your estate.
If you are a beneficiary, we can advise in relation to the estate in which you have an interest. For example, you may have questions about how the estate is being administered by someone else. We also act for beneficiaries and executors where disputes in relation to Wills or claims against an estate arise.
For more information on probate & estate administration and to start a conversation on how we can help you please contact Ellen Lambert, Associate, Team Leader, Private Client.