Our Private Client team are specialist probate solicitors, who will offer an economic, personal and compassionate service to our clients.
Probate is the generic term used to describe the administration of estates. In practical terms, probate is the legal process of obtaining authorisation from the courts to deal with the affairs of a deceased person either in accordance with the terms of that person’s Will, or in accordance with the terms of the intestacy laws.
The probate process has two principal objectives in mind:
- Ensure that the correct people deal with the estate and that it ends up in the hands of the right people.
- Satisfy the requirements of HM Revenue and Customs in relation to the finalisation of the person’s tax affairs to the date of their death and in relation to any liability for Inheritance Tax arising as a result.
In most instances, the process of ensuring that the right people deal with the estate is fairly straightforward and non-controversial. However, occasionally disputes arise and it may be necessary to go to court. We do not touch on this aspect of the process but we do have specialists who deal with these sorts of inheritance disputes.
Finalising someone’s tax affairs to the date of their death will inevitably depend upon the complexity of that person’s tax affairs. Sometimes the revenue deals with this as an automatic process, but in other cases it is necessary to submit a tax return. Inheritance Tax however is much more complicated. If an estate exceeds the threshold for Inheritance Tax it is extremely wise to think about engaging professional assistance.
Once the revenue and the courts are satisfied, the next step is the process of administering the estate. This may require assets to be sold or transferred to beneficiaries.
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