What is probate?

Probate is the process of dealing with the financial and legal administration in the event of a loved one’s death. A grant of probate is required by the deceased’s executers, as named in their will, in order to deal with their estate. If no will has been made, then you will need a letter of administration.

Probate will need to be applied for and once it has been granted through a grant of probate or letters of administration, an executor or next of kin can then begin to deal with the deceased’s estate.

Why get help with the probate process?

Losing a loved one is a tough time and administrating their estate is likely to be the last thing on the minds of the bereaved. Active can support you during this emotional time and relieve some of the stress that administrating a loved one’s estate can bring.

The legal process that is involved in estate administration can be long, with a lot of paperwork to complete as well as complex rules and regulations, dictating an already difficult process. Active can assist you during this process and find support for you and offer you access to professional services.

There are a lot of calculations that need to be made within the complex paperwork that can add to the stressful time, including inheritance and other taxes that might be due. As you administer the estate, you will need to look at the deceased’s assets, including property, bank accounts, shares, pensions, life insurance, antiques, and art, among others. You will also need to look at the deceased’s debts, which can reveal upsetting information in some situations. Active’s supportive team will help you manage this and give you impartial and practical advice of how best to deal with the particular circumstances.

Get advice from Active

Probate is a complex process and if anything is less than straightforward can be even more complex than normal. You can leave much of the complexities to Active and our expert team of advisers. If you have been recently bereaved and need to start the process of probate, speak to the team at Active today.

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