What happens after a loved one passes away?

When a loved one passes away, a grant of probate or letter of administration is needed by the relevant individual(s) in order to have the power and authority to administer the deceased’s estate. Our lawyers have helped hundreds of clients through this process, ensuring they unlock the assets, and distribute them to the lawful beneficiaries. Please get in touch for a no-obligation discussion to see how we can help.

When a valid will is available, we would apply for a grant of probate. Where no valid will is available, we would apply for a letter of administration. In normal circumstances, an application for either would take around 4-6 weeks to complete. Whilst it is possible for individuals to apply themselves, there is a considerable amount of paperwork required, so hiring an experienced law firm will reduce the stress on yourself, and make the process generally smoother.

 

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration?

Where there is a valid will, you can apply for a Grant of Probate. Where there is no valid will, you would apply for Letters of Administration.

Do I need a lawyer for probate?

Technically you can handle a grant of probate or letter of administration application yourself, however the volume of documents to be collated, and forms to be completed is very significant.

It is advisable to hire a lawyer with experience in handling the process to ensure accuracy of document collection, form completion etc.

How long does grant of probate take?

Assuming it is not contentious, and you hire a lawyer, it will usually be ready in about 4-6 weeks after all the documents are collected and filed.

How long does letter of administration take?

Once the necessary court documents are filed, it should take around 4-6 weeks to extract the Letters of Administration.

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