Probate & Estate Administration – Solicitors in Gosforth Serving Newcastle upon Tyne, the North East and Nationally
When someone dies, you need to know who has the right to obtain Probate. This means the right to deal with the deceased’s property, money and possessions. It’s a difficult a time. So let us assist by taking on any administrative burdens for you and your family in a professional yet sensitive way.
It can be hard to get it right. You must be careful to determine what the deceased owned but also what they owed. The money brought in must pay off all debts and liabilities BEFORE anyone can inherit from the estate
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Just call us on 0191 284 5030 or complete a Free Online Enquiry now to discover the price estimate for your circumstances. We are happy to discuss any probate queries you have. We can act whether just in relation to the Inheritance Tax account, the Grant of Probate application or the full estate administration and distribution.
At Birch & Co we have Specialist Solicitors who understand how difficult talking about such matters can be. As a result you can be sure we will deal with you in a sensitive and friendly manner.
Our specialist private client solicitor Rebecca Griffiths is a member of the Society of Estate Practitioners, a worldwide professional association for those advising families across generations.
Based in Gosforth we have parking facilities as well as easy access to the Metro at Regent Centre and a bus stop outside the office. We strongly recommend that you contact us before you obtain Probate so that we can help guide you further. We can save you a lot of money and stress.
Most cases follow the same basic process:
Check – Is There A will?
The Will normally appoints an Executor to take on the task of obtaining a Grant of Probate to allow the estate administration.
If there is no will, the intestacy rules provide a list of people who may take on the role of Administrator. It is similar to a Grant of Probate, except without a Will.
List What Is The Estate? The Assets And Liabilities.
It is important to assess early on if there are enough funds in the estate to settle the debts. Solely incurred debts cannot be inherited, so if there are insufficient funds, no one else can be expected to pay them.
To apply for a Grant of Probate, you will need:
- the original will, if one was left by the deceased
- a tax return, irrespective of whether inheritance tax is due to be paid
This is usually either an IHT 205 or IHT 400, with any applicable schedules
- if tax is due to be paid, a receipt from HMRC
- an oath, that you have sworn / signed as being accurate
- to pay the court application fee
Collect The Assets
For example, obtain the release of funds held within bank and building society accounts, life insurance and private pension policies. Sell personal and household items and property
Pay Debts And Liabilities
For example personal loans and credit cards. Utility bills unpaid at the date of death and incurred during the course of the estate administration. Funeral costs and the expenses of the estate administration
Distribute The Estate
In accordance with the terms of any Will or the intestacy rules. It’s not difficult to get that wrong.
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