You may think making a will is complicated and expensive, but for the majority of us, this is not the case. For expert legal advice call our wills & probate experts at Taylor&Emmet on 0114 218 4054 or contact us online.
A will is an expression of your wishes, which takes effect when you die. If you do not make a will, you die ‘intestate’ which means the law decides who receives your assets. If you are living with someone, but you are not married, the intestacy rules will not recognise your relationship.
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27 November 2020
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If you have been appointed as an Executor or a close relative has died and you are the next of kin, dealing with someone’s Estate can be a daunting task.
Probate is the process of dealing with the Estate of someone who has died, which generally means gathering in all of their assets, settling debts, paying any taxes due and then distributing what is left in accordance with their Will. If the deceased person did not make a Will the Rules of Intestacy will apply and determine who is entitled to the Estate.
Probate is usually carried out by the person(s) appointed as Executor(s) in the Will or, if there is no Will, the deceased’s next of kin. If the deceased has left a Will the Executors appointed under the Will are able to administer the Estate and their authority is ratified by Court Order known as Grant of Probate. If the deceased died intestate (without a Will) then, before administration of the Estate can begin, a Court Order must be obtained which is known as Letters of Administration.