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Our specialist probate solicitors in Bristol and South Gloucestershire provide professional and tactful support to executors dealing with a loved one’s estate.
What is Probate?
Probate is the legal authority granted to the executors of the Will to deal with the deceased’s affairs. It can be a lengthy and sometimes stressful process at what is already a distressing time.
Once the Will has been lodged, the probate office issues a Grant of Probate (‘Probate’). This gives the executors the right to deal with the deceased’s property and possessions.
If there isn’t a Will, the closest relative can apply to the probate office for Letters of Administration. This gives them the authority to administer the deceased’s estate.
Support for executors
Depending upon the complexity of affairs, the paperwork involved in estate administration can be daunting for executors.
As experienced probate solicitors, we recognise that the help you want, or need, to deal with a loved one’s estate can vary enormously. You may want to carry out some tasks yourself, or you might prefer us to lift the burden and manage the entire estate administration for you.
We understand that appointing a solicitor may be the least of your priorities right now, but by doing so, we can ensure that the wishes of the deceased are carried out as quickly as possible.
If you need to write or update your Will, or you want professional advice about dealing with the affairs of someone who has died, call our Will and probate solicitors on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.
Your role + responsibilities as Executor
The Executor has an important role to play in administering the Will, so make sure you're aware of your duties and responsibilities.