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Many people find themselves being in the unexpected position of becoming an executor. It is not uncommon to only become aware of the appointment after the person has passed away. Even if you do know you are an executor, generally most people do not know what it means or what a responsibility it is as it is not an everyday occurrence or  topic of conversation.

This is even more so when a person has passed away without leaving a Will and there is no guidance or wishes expressed. You are almost left in the dark and have to follow the intestacy rules. In this case you may find yourself in a position where you are an administrator of the estate or one of the people who can administer the estate.

Where do you start?

Once you have the death certificate you will need to start the task of informing everybody. This will include banks and building societies, National Savings and investments, all the utility providers, pensions, the DWP, credit card providers, mortgage lenders, the list can be endless. Then of course you will have to inform the beneficiaries and open an executor’s bank account.

It can be a time consuming task and this is just the beginning. If there is a house there will be a house clearance, house insurance, securing the house and looking after it. Is it going to be sold? Then there are personal belongings to sort out.

What can you do?

It is understandable that an executor or administrator can be overwhelmed with such a big task with so many elements to it. For this reason it is common to instruct a solicitor for assistance mainly for the legal and financial aspects. A solicitor can do as much or as little of the leg work as you like and take on the responsibility whilst you oversee the process. This can all be done for a fixed cost which is agreed upfront for the work you want them to do. You still remain in charge.

WE can help

At WE Solicitors LLP we help executors through the minefield, advise them of what to expect or what things that need to be done which they may not have thought of and make the process easier, especially at such an already difficult time. Many people we have acted for have felt relieved when they have passed the work over to us and feel confident in being able to tell the beneficiaries that everything is being done properly and can update them every step of the way.

 

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors.com to request a copy of our free Report:

 

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting

Probate & Administering an Estate

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan Salford and all surrounding areas

 

 

Parliament has run out of time before the snap general election to put plans in place to drastically increase the fee payable when applying for a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration.

For the time being the current fee of £215 for a personal application or £155 for solicitor made applications will remain in force. However, the proposals could be reintroduced by the next government.

Many will welcome the news especially the recently bereaved. It will take the added pressure off those currently applying for a grant in having to find the additional costs of £1,000 up to £20,000. A recent consultation saw 750 responses out of 820 objected to the plan to increase fees.

What is Probate?

A Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration (when there is no Will) is required when there is assets in the estate over a certain value usually £10,000 – £20,000 and is always needed when there is a property in the estate. The Grant is a document that is issued by the Court which gives the executor or administrator the authority to deal with the assets i.e. release funds or sell a house.  Lady of Justice

Being an executor is already a huge responsibility that many seek the assistance of a solicitor to help them with the legal process. This would have been made even harder when faced with the challenge of having to find thousands of pounds for probate fees before any funds in the estate are released.

Are you an executor?

If you are in the process of dealing with an estate or you have become an executor and you need some advice you can contact WE SOLICITORS LLP for a free initial consultation.

Or you can email jo-ann.mason@wesolicitors to request a copy of our free Report:

 

7 Things a Newly Appointed Executor Should Know Before Getting

Probate & Administering an Estate

 

Email: info@wesolicitors.co.uk

Telephone: 0800 294 3065 / 0161 683 3191

Home visits available in Failsworth Oldham Manchester Bury Ashton under Lyne Bolton Wigan and surrounding areas.