Probate Information St Helens

A person's assets and property enter probate after the person has passed away. The process of retitling and transferring ownership of these assets can be long and complicated for those receiving inheritances. Read through the following articles to learn more about probate and find local companies and providers who can help you find what you’re looking for.

Frodshams Solicitors
01744 626600
19 Hardshaw Street
St Helens

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Tickle Hall Cross
01744 733333
25 Hardshaw St
St Helens

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Forster Dean Company Solicitors
01744 755588
9 Hardshaw Street
St Helens

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Canter Levin & Berg
01744 634141
Century House
St Helens

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Nulty Moffitt & Co
01744 454433
5 Hardshaw Street
St Helens

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Ashcrofts & Co
(017) 442-2947
36 Hall Street
St Helens

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Grindrods Solicitors
01744 612549
89 Corporation Street
St Helens

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Potter Morris
01744 730376
7 George Street
St Helens

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Stephensons Solicitors
01744 731131
95-101 Corporation Street
St Helens

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Maxim Law Consultants
01744 743360
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Probate & Death Legal Information & Advice

Legal Advice after the Death of a Friend or Relative

Probate & Death Legal Information & Advice | Bereavement & Grief

After a death has occurred there are often legal and financial issues to be dealt with. Probate is the winding up of affairs after death and the official approval of the validity of a will. This can be hard to deal with when you are distressed and you may feel overwhelmed by having to deal with legal issues that you do not fully understand.

There is help and support to guide you through. This section will provide you with information on the role of an executor , inheritance tax and probate issues.

If you have a complicated probate situation to deal with after a death, we recommend that you get professional legal advice from solicitors in your region . A good solicitor will be able to guide you through the legal aspects relating to death in a supportive and practical way.

Most people are nervous about contacting solicitors because they fear the costs involved. It usually helps to choose a solicitor who is local to you so you can resolve any issues quickly and face to face. Many solicitors provide a free initial consultation and will give you indicative costs before proceeding.

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Probate Information & Advice

Probate - Information on Grant of Probate & Wills

Probate Information & Advice | Letters of Administration & Wills

After someone dies you may hear all kinds of legal terms you have never come across before. Probate may be one of these. The term probate is the process of officially proving the validity of a will and the winding up of affairs.

Regardless of whether there is a will or not, someone has to deal with the estate and a legal document may need to be issued to authorise one or more people to do this.

A person authorised in the will to manage the estate is called the executor. They will be issued a document by the Probate Registry known as a Grant of Representation (Probate).

There are two other types of grant. If there is a will but no executors are named or people named do not wish to apply or be involved, the Probate Registry issues Letters Of Administration (with will). If there is no will or the will is not valid then a Letters of Administration is issued.

The executor needs the Grant of Representation to be able to access the money and assets of the deceased person. It is proof that the person named is entitled to manage the assets and liabilities of the estate. Some organisations will release funds and assets without a Grant of Representation but with large amounts it is usually needed. You need a Grant to transfer or sell property held in the sole name of the deceased. If it is in joint names a Grant may not be needed.

The first people entitled to a Grant are the named executors in a will. If there are no executors or they don’t want to apply then the person named in the will who gets all of the deceased’s estate is next in line. If there is no valid will, the next of kin can make an application for Grant of Representation in this order of priority: spouse, daughter/son, parent, sibling, close relatives. You must be over 19 to apply.

To obtain the Grant of Representation you need to fill in an application form and return it with a death certificate and original will. You will then be interviewed in person to confirm the details in the application. After the interview the Grant will be prepared by the probate registry and sent to you by post or if a Grant can’t be given you will receive an explanation.

A solicitor can apply for Grant of Representation (probate) and deal with the estate on your behalf and usually charges about £100 per hour and 1% of the estate. If you choose to do it alone then you will have to pay a fee of £130 and deal with any inheritance tax issues. Any tax must be paid before probate is granted and before the Will can be administered.

You can find comprehensive probate information here.

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