What do we do?
When a close friend or loved one dies it can be very hard to deal with your own grief let alone try and sort out their affairs and deal with everything that needs to be done. At Silks Solicitors we are on hand to provide advice at whatever level you require it and charge a fair price for the service you choose.
How we do it?
Our job is simply to help solve your legal problems. To do this, we promise to explain complex legal matters in plain and simple English, provide you with regular updates on your matter and give you clear guidance on our fees, so there are no nasty surprises.
Our friendly, knowledgeable solicitors are here to provide all the help and advice you need, call us today on 0121 511 2233.
Your allocated person dealing with your case will make sure that the process is managed properly and all the information is provided and collated right up to the point of distributing the assets to the correct people. This gives the personal representative of the person who has died protection from personal liability and the assurance that their next of kin cannot be pursued for failure to manage the deceased’s estate properly.
What is Probate?
This is the authority for someone appointed under a valid will as an executor, or by the operation of law as administrator, to deal with sorting out the affairs of the person who has died. It gives proof of the necessary authority to encash or transfer assets, pay off debts including any tax owed, and distribute what is left to the proper people entitled. Where a valid will has been left this is called a Grant of Probate and where there is no valid will this is a Grant of Letters of Administration. Often either one is termed ‘Probate’.
In order to have a Grant issued, all the assets need to be valued and all the debts owed need to be identified. Sometimes these valuations are straightforward, although often they may not be. for example where there are business assets, assets abroad or even assets held jointly with another. Lifetime gifts will also need to be looked at as they might need to be included to calculate the totals, as well as possible inheritances the deceased person received. Once all the figures are available the paperwork can be prepared and any inheritance tax calculated and paid where needed. A Grant is then applied for to the Probate Registry and may take several weeks, sometimes months, to be issued because information must be as accurate as possible. If a Grant is issued, then beneficiaries must then be traced and located, which can be a complex process, to enable you to encash or transfer the relevant assets.
Friendly expert solicitors who are local to Oldbury and Netherton
If you haven’t considered the benefits of wills, our Netherton and Oldbury based solicitors are here to guide you through the process. Sandra Buffam is a trust and estate practitioner with over 30 years’ experience; “When a loved one dies there are usually a great many important things to sort out, and dealing with their estate on your own can quickly become confusing and complicated at a time when you’d really rather deal with more pressing emotions. That’s why making a will can really help your family cope, and having a good legal advicor to guide you can really help.”
Our personal service is tailored to your particular situation to protect you and provide you with peace of mind, knowing you have carried out your job as personal representative of the deceased properly. So please contact a member of the team today to arrange your appointment on 0121 511 2233
Mrs Whybrow was absolutely wonderful, so caring, helpful and kind. Also when I rang up, again the lady was so helpful. Many thanks for everything.Client
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Excellent service from everyone. So very professional and friendly. They are a great team, true ambassadors for Silks. Thank you all.Client