Probate Solicitors in Slough
When someone has died it can be an emotional time, and you might not want to get caught up in the complexities of dealing with probate and the estate administration. It can be a long and complicated process at a time when you should be dealing with the loss of your loved one and concentrating on your family, as well as dealing with your other responsibilities such as work.
Lovell Chohan’s expert probate solicitors in Slough can offer a helping hand, taking on much of the burden of dealing with the deceased’s estate, making your part in the process much simpler, less stressful and less time consuming. Our many years of experience dealing with probate for our clients means you can be sure that everything will be managed correctly, so you can focus on doing what is important for you and your family.
For expert advice and guidance on the entire probate process, call us now on 01753 303 631 or use the contact form on the right for a swift response.
Our probate services in Slough
There are various steps in the probate process that our probate solicitors in Slough can assist you with, ensuring that the deceased’s estate is administered as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Grants of representation
One of the first steps in dealing with the estate administration is to get a Grant of Representation to show you are entitled to deal with the probate process.
If there is a will, the Executor named in the will should apply for the grant of probate. If there is no will then someone will have to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration – this person is usually the next of kin: a parent, partner or child. They will then be referred to as an Administrator, rather than an Executor.
If there is no will, this can have a significant impact, as the Rules of Intestacy can prevent partners from inheriting the estate if they are not married.
Collecting the estates assets
Once you have received the Grants of Representation, the next step is collecting the estates assets. You will need to show the Grants of Representation to any banks and institutions before they can send any money or assets to you.
Paying inheritance tax
If any assets (such as property) were sold at a loss within 12 months after death, then the Executor can make a claim for the total sales proceeds to be substituted for the value at death, which will result in a lower inheritance tax value.
Distributing the estate
If the estate is solvent, there is no harm in handing over specific items given away in the will immediately, but all debts should be cleared before any money is given to the beneficiaries of the will. Specific bequests of money will be given next, by check or electronic transfer to provide an indisputable record of the payment.
If someone contests the will it can temporarily stop the probate process. Mediation can help you reach a settlement out of court, and gives both sides the chance to express their views. Our solicitors can help sort out any problems quickly so the process can continue unobstructed.
Why choose Lovell Chohan’s probate solicitors in Slough?
Our probate solicitors can help you with the entire process of probate and estate administration. This can make your life easier if are worried you don’t have the time to deal with the process or simply want to make sure you will meet all the legal requirements.
There can be many complications in dealing with probate and estate administration that our experienced solicitors can help with, such as assets abroad and tax relief. We can also assist with many tasks involved in sorting out your loved one’s estate, including notifying third parties and settling financial liabilities, like funeral or administration expenses.
Estate administration can often be more complicated than expected, and our solicitors can help you get everything sorted, no matter what problems you encounter. Even if things remain simple, it is still good to have a solicitor on hand to help answer any questions you may have and to make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible.
How to find our probate lawyers in Slough
Our Slough office can be found in Pegasus Court, on Herschel Street in the town centre. From High Street, simply head down Alpha Street North and take the first right into Herschel Street. Pegasus Court will then be on your right and our office is clearly marked from the outside.
Local probate resources in Slough
If you aren’t sure on the laws surrounding probate, or want to know more, this is a good place to start. It provides advice on how the probate process progresses, and useful advice to help the process run as smoothly as possible, including more detail about what happens if they haven’t left a will.
The Bereavement Advice Centre is a useful site if you are struggling with the grieving process, and it also provides advice about the probate process, including a step – by – step guide.
Provides local information and advice on registering a death and funeral arrangements, as well as information on getting the death certificate.