ProbateWhat is probate?
ASP Wills provides a wide range of Probate Services dealing with the all types of estates from the simple to the most complex involving assets in trust, offshore and where there are complex tax issues including the application of reliefs such as Agricultural Property Relief and Business Property Relief. In addition to our non-contested probate work we also advise both potential claimants and defendants in regard to contested probate matters and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. ASP Wills are guided by WLS Solicitors in all probate matters.
If the person who has died leaves a will
If the person who has died leaves a will, it will usually name one or more people to act as the executors of the will - that is, to administer their estate. If you are named as an executor of a will you may need to apply for a grant of probate. A grant of probate is an official document which the executors may need to administer the estate. It is issued by a section of the court known as the probate registry.
If there is no will
If there is no will (known as dying intestate) the process is more complicated. An application for a grant of letters of administration (an official document, issued by the court, which allows administrators to administer the estate) will need to be made. The person to whom letters of administration is granted is known as the administrator. The administrator is the person who has the legal right to deal with the affairs of the person who has died, and is determined by a set order of priority. The administrator will usually be a close relative of the person who has died, if there is one. There may be more than one person who has an equal right to do this. Your solicitor will be able to provide you with information on the set order of priority.