When someone dies, their estate must go through probate. This is the legal process of sorting out the deceased person’s finances and property. If you are responsible for probating an estate, it is important to choose the right probate solicitor to help you through the process. In this blog post, we will discuss the top things you need to know before picking a probate solicitor.
How to choose a probate solicitor:
- Probate can be a complex and time-consuming process, so it is important to choose a solicitor who has the experience and knowledge to handle your case. The best probate solicitors will have a deep understanding of the law and the probate process, and they will be able to guide you through every step of the process.
- When choosing a probate solicitor, you should also consider their fees. Probate solicitors typically charge by the hour, so you will want to find one who offers competitive rates. You should also ask about any hidden fees or charges that may be associated with the probate process.
- Finally, you will want to choose a probate solicitor who you feel comfortable working with. This person will be helping you through a difficult and emotional time, so it is important to find someone who you can trust.
What to know about probate in the UK:
A Will may name an executor (the person responsible for dealing with the estate) and give them authority to deal with the estate without needing probate but this doesn’t avoid probate altogether. The executor will still need to apply for a ‘grant of probate’ if the estate is worth more than £20,000 or if there are any property assets. In England and Wales, you don’t automatically need probate if the estate is worth less than £20,000 and there are no property assets. Even if probate isn’t required, the executor will still need to sort out the deceased person’s finances and property. Probate can take anywhere from several months to a year or more, depending on the complexity of the estate. If you are named as an executor in someone’s Will, it is important to choose a probate solicitor who can help you through the process.
Picking the right probate solicitor is an important decision, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. By keeping these things in mind, you can be sure to find the best probate solicitor for your needs. If you have any questions about probate contact Mark Reynolds Solicitors today.