One of the most important areas of personal law that we handle sensitively but practically for you and your family is the drawing up of wills and assisting with the legal responsibilities surrounding the death of a loved one.
Our highly experienced, approachable solicitors are available in Bath, Bristol and the surrounding area to ensure your wishes are carried out after you die, or to assist you in dealing with winding up the estate of a deceased family member, whether he or she has died with or without a will in place.
There are so many people who believe they don’t need a will because they have little of value to leave when they die. A will though is not just about distributing assets or money after death – it covers such important matters as care for your dependents, and carrying out your funeral wishes.
Some of the main reasons why it is wise to make a properly drawn up will are:
Probate is the process of administering an estate and ensuring that all the legal requirements are met, culminating in the final distribution of the assets to the beneficiaries.
(Probate is not needed if the estate is valued at less than £10,000 and doesn’t include land or shares, and if the assets are jointly owned with a marriage or civil partner.)
If the deceased left a will it is necessary for the executors to obtain a grant of probate before proceeding to curate the assets, debts and expenses in the estate.
If there is no will the next of kin need to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration before the estate can be distributed.
Being an executor or administrator of an estate is a stressful, time-consuming and complex process which is why most people prefer to work with an expert solicitor. Helen Starkie Solicitors handle the entire probate or administration of an estate competently, efficiently and empathetically, saving time and ensuring no mistakes are made.
We can undertake tasks such as making grant of probate or letters of administration applications; communicating with the beneficiaries; collecting the assets; and dealing with HMRC on tax matters, to name but a few of our services.
Let us help you with the Probate process.