- Childcare arrangements and social distancing - The knock-on effects of the global pandemic are huge. This challenging time is particularly hard for separated parents, who may face challenges with maintaining on going childcare arrangements. Some of the problems being highlighted to our offices include: A parent becoming symptomatic and falling into the self-isolate category, being unable to assist with handovers and [...]
- The number of cohabitating couples is on the rise - The ONS (Office of National Statistics) completes UK-wide survey every year. The survey covers a range of demographics including living arrangements. The 2017 survey highlighted that cohabitating couples (couples who live together but are not married) were the fastest growing family type, and the 2018 report confirmed that the cohabitating couple were the second largest family type in the UK. The number of cohabitating couples grew by 3.4 million people from 2017 to 2018.
Probate is the legal term used to describe the process of administering an estate.
If the Deceased had a valid Will, the administration will be carried out by their appointed executors named in the Will. If there is no valid Will, then administrators will be appointed in line with the Statutory Intestacy Rules.
The administration falls into four stages;
- Ascertain and secure all assets belonging to the Deceased;
- Obtain a Grant of Representation;
- Realise the Assets and pay all liabilities;
- Account to the Executors and distribute the Estate to the Beneficiaries.
Administration of an estate involves practical and technical issues, especially where payment of Inheritance Tax is required. Our advice will ensure that administration proceeds efficiently so that distributions to beneficiaries can be made as quickly as possible.
We will explain the procedure and any legal jargon to you, give you clear estimates of how long each stage is likely to take and try to make the process as stress free for you as possible.
There may be times when you might want to challenge the content of a will, or executors’ decisions. Click here to go to our Contentious Probate page.
For more information about our costs and time scales please click here.