Probate and Intestacy:
“Probate” refers to the rules of Court relating to the dealing with a deceased person’s property, or “Estate”, where the deceased has left valid written instructions regarding said assets (i.e. a Will).
“Intestacy” refers to a situation where the deceased had no Will at the time of their death.
Here at Sherlock and Co. Solicitors we offer a wealth of experience in such matters that will help guide you through the process of obtaining the relevant authority (or “Grant”) to deal with the Estate of the deceased.
It is important to note that liability for an improperly distributed Estate will usually rest with the Executor or Administrator of that Estate.
As such it is prudent to protect both the interests of the Estate and those in charge of it by hiring a firm of solicitors to ensure proper distribution of Assets, protect all beneficiaries interests and avoid any liability on the part of the Executor/Administrator.
The drafting of a Will is an area of Law where many people decide “to give it a go” themselves.
Indeed it would seem a simple idea to leave instructions as to how your personal assets should be dealt with when you pass. This is not the case.
The wording of a will and the manner in which it is drafted and executed will have a huge impact on the way in which a person’s assets are dealt with upon their death. A poorly drafted will may have the effect of distributing assets in a manner that was not intended. In a worst case scenario, an improperly drafted will could potentially lead to the State being the sole beneficiary of a person’s assets.
Here at Sherlock & Co. Solicitors we aim to draft a Will that meets your specific needs and desires while advising you of any potential outcomes given the facts presented. Our service offers you a peace of mind that your affairs shall be dealt with the way you want. We also provide a safe deposit for our customers, free of charge, allowing them to store their will in our fire proof safe whilst retaining a copy for themselves. This ensures that your will is not damaged or lost and may be retrieved at ease when the time comes.