Some questions to consider…
Has a loved one passed away? Are you the Executor or Administrator of their Estate? Are you unsure about your responsibilities, the probate process or what you need to do next?
When a loved one dies, we understand the job of having to sort out their estate and financial affairs can be an overwhelming task, during an already upsetting time for you and your family. That is why we are here to help and take the stress and pressure off.
At Bird & Co, our specialist team of probate solicitors in Lincoln have a great deal of experience in helping individuals and families with the administration of a deceased person’s estate. We take pride in our caring, sensitive and sympathetic approach whilst, at the same time, ensuring that everything is dealt with correctly, efficiently and in a way that is as stress free for you, as possible.
If you are the executor or administrator of an estate or are next of kin, our expert probate lawyers in Lincoln will be on hand to help advise, guide and support you through the many aspects of the probate process - whether there is a Will in place or not. As an executor or administrator, you can appoint us, either, to give you basic assistance or, alternatively, manage all the work on your behalf for you, relieving you of the stress and responsibility at a difficult time.
We offer a friendly, efficient and comprehensive probate service and can help you with:
- The Probate & Estate Administration Process – The process of administering a deceased person’s estate which is considered to be made up of the money, property and any possessions they had at the time of their death. This involves, collecting any money that is owed, settling any debts due (including outstanding taxes), dividing the estate amongst the respective beneficiaries and closing bank accounts. All assets (including property) in an estate will remain frozen until the Probate Registry gives the authority (via a document known as a Grant of Representation or Grant of Probate) to the "executor" nominated in the Will. If there is a Will, the estate will pass to the people named in the Will.
- Contentious Probate – Challenging or Defending a Will - When a Will is challenged, this is known as Contentious Probate. Anyone challenging a Will must have a valid reason for doing so, such as a belief that the Will was negligently drafted or that the person, when writing their Will, did not have sufficient mental capacity, was put under undue pressure or failed to have their Will witnessed properly. Our expert team of contentious probate solicitors in Lincoln can help you with either challenging or defending a Will. By using an experienced solicitor during a time of conflict means you will maintain a degree of separation that will help you stay neutral at a time when disagreements can easily erupt over the Will or the distribution of assets.
- Intestacy - If there is no Will left, then it is up to the most appropriate member of the family member to act on behalf of the estate. In this circumstance, certain rules known as the Rules of Intestacy, will apply.
By instructing our expert probate solicitors in Lincoln, today, you can be sure that all tasks will be completed correctly, so you can avoid any claims being made on the estate or any potential disputes arising from beneficiaries.
Our dedicated probate team will support and guide you through, what can sometimes be a complicated probate process, especially if it is a large estate or has many beneficiaries.
We will advise you on all aspects of probate law and be there to advise you throughout the estate administration process. It is always a good idea to instruct a qualified and experienced legal professional who can help you with:
- Interpreting the Will.
- Determining the size of an estate for Probate and Inheritance Tax purposes.
- Preparing an application for the Grant of Representation.
- Lodging the required forms with the relevant organisations to collect monies due to the estate and settle any outstanding debts.
- Arranging the transfer or sale of any shares and handle the sale of any property or land owned by the deceased.
- Preparing interest and inheritance tax returns.
- Preparing estate accounts.
- Advising beneficiaries on post death tax planning to reduce capital gains and inheritance tax liabilities.
By using one of Bird & Co’s expert probate solicitors in Lincoln, you will not only have the peace of mind that everything is being handled correctly, you will also speed up the process to reach a swift outcome for the benefit of both yourself and the beneficiaries.
To make an appointment or to find out more about how Bird & Co’s specialist Probate solicitors in Lincoln can help you with a Probate and Estate matter, please telephone our dedicated team on 01522 803050, email email@example.com or just complete our easy online enquiry form and we will get back to you, soon.