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At Percy Hughes & Roberts, our team of probate solicitors have wide-ranging knowledge in wills and probate law to make sure you receive the solution you require.

Grant of Probate Solicitors

If you need help dealing with the responsibility of administering the will of someone who has died, the specialist probate lawyers at Percy Hughes and Roberts Solicitors can help you.

Our clients choose to seek the help of a specialist because of the complexity of this area of the law, coupled with the responsibility of being trusted to correctly deal with someone's will.

We are often called upon to provide legal advice to those who are struggling with particularly complicated will arrangements, estates that are bankrupt or insolvent, or unusual tax-related issues.

We can also help you if you want to apply for a grant of representation; be it a grant of probate or a grant of letters of administration.

We are based in Birkenhead and have served the Wirral, Merseyside and further afield for the past 100 years.

To speak to our grant of probate solicitors, contact us by calling 0151 666 9090  or fill out our online enquiry form and we will get back to you at a time that is convenient for you.

Why choose Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors?

The process of probate can often seem daunting, especially when there has been a death of a family member or close friend. At Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors, we have a team of dedicated probate solicitors ready to help you resolve your probate query or issue as quickly and effectively as possible.

If you need assistance obtaining a grant of probate or letter of administration, or simply want advice on dealing with the Probate Registry, our wills and probate solicitors have a wealth of experience and provide a service that is sensitive and cost-effective, ensuring you are able to get the outcome you deserve.

As well as applying for grants of representation, we can help you to deal with complexities relating to:

  • Complicated tax or inheritance tax issues
  • Someone dying without a will
  • A bankrupt or insolvent estate

We're proud of our long tradition of providing active and practical help to the community we serve, and helping people most in need access clear, simple and cost-effective legal advice. We strive to deliver the highest possible standards at all times, which is reflected by the fact we hold the Lexcel accreditation.

If you have more questions on what being an executor of a will entails, you can find more detail in our Ten Key Tasks for an Executor guide.

FAQs about grants of probate

What is probate?

Probate is the entire legal process for dealing with the estate of someone who has died. An estate relates to the money and property of the deceased. It involves organising the deceased’s money, assets, their possessions and then distributing them as an inheritance.

If the deceased left a will, they should have specified an executor or executors. These are people who are expected to “execute” the will. An executor has the responsibility to carry out the deceased’s wishes, as written down in their will.

Before an executor starts the probate process, they must apply for a Grant of Probate. This is a legal document that gives them the authority to deal with the deceased’s estate.

Once all taxes and debts have been paid, and everything has been distributed according to the deceased’s will, the probate process ends. You can read more about the process here.

How long does probate take?

Every estate and circumstance is different, so it is hard to put an exact figure on the time it takes probate to be completed. Having said this, on average, it takes between nine and 12 months to obtain the Grant of Probate and complete the estate administration process in England and Wales.

In cases where the estate is small and uncomplicated, it can take much less time. Working with a specialised probate lawyer can also speed up the process.

Do I need probate?

A grant of probate isn’t always necessary. If the deceased had a small estate containing no property and a small sum of money, it is unlikely the process will be needed.

This is also the case if the deceased held their assets jointly with another person, like joint bank accounts. Those assets will be passed directly onto the surviving owner. This process is called the “right of survivorship”.

We would always advise getting in touch with a probate professional to determine whether probate is necessary or not.

What is a grant of representation?

A grant of representation is a legal document that confirms your ability and authority to deal with the estate of someone who has died.

The term 'grant of representation' refers to either a grant of probate or a grant of letters of administration.

What is a grant of probate?

A grant of probate is a document that provides legal authority for someone to manage the estate of a deceased person, if that person left a will.

People often name executors - those whom they want to take on the responsibility of administering their estate in the event of their death - in their wills. Those executors need a grant of probate in order to legally handle bank accounts and deal with the deceased's property and possessions.

What is a grant of letters of administration?

If the deceased did not leave a will, certain people can apply to become the 'administrator' of the estate. They are:

  • A spouse (husband or wife) of the deceased
  • A civil partner of the deceased
  • A child of the deceased

The document that the administrator will receive to prove they have the legal right to deal with the estate is called a grant of letters of administration.

Contact Percy Hughes & Roberts

To speak to Alison Beech, Partner and Wills & Probate solicitor at Percy Hughes & Roberts for a no-obligation phone consultation, call us today on 0151 666 9090, or fill out an online enquiry form to arrange for us to get in touch at a time that's suitable for you.

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