Dealing with the loss of a relative is never easy, but our wealth of professional experience here at Cozens-Hardy LLP means that we are well placed to provide the support that you require at such a difficult time.
Our team has over 50 years of combined experience in dealing with the management of estates ranging from the very simple to the very complex and involving elements of business, agricultural and heritage property.
The first bit of advice – and perhaps the most important – is 'don't panic'. Banks, building societies and similar establishments are likely to initially confront you with phrases such as 'Grants of Representation', 'Grants of Probate' or in cases where an individual has not left a Will, 'Letters of Administration’. Our team of Probate practitioners is here to explain in plain English what this all means and to help you to successfully deal with everything.
What exactly is Probate?
If an estate is worth more than a set amount (usually a few thousand pounds), then banks will not release funds to Executors of a Will without a Grant of Probate (if a person left a Will), or a Grant of Letters of Administration (if a person died without having left a Will). A Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration is effectively the Probate Court's empowerment of Executors or family to deal with and collect in a person's estate and distribute the estate accordingly. We specialise in assisting with the application for Grants of Probate and then, if required, dealing with the full administration of a person's estate which can involve the sale of property and personal effects both in the United Kingdom and worldwide.
Dealing with a loved one’s estate can seem an overwhelming task – and applying for probate can be immensely stressful and confusing.
Let us help you during this difficult time.