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When a person dies, the word 'Probate' is often used to describe the process involved in dealing with their estate.

If a person died leaving a Will, then the executors obtain a Grant of Probate. If a person dies without a Will, (in others words they die "intestate"), then the administrators obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration.

The phrase 'Grant of Representation' is used 'in the trade' to cover both types of Grant. In the same way, the phrase 'personal representatives' covers either executors or administrators.

The personal representatives have a duty to ensure all the deceased's assets are collected in, their liabilities and inheritance tax are paid and then the estate is distributed either in line with their Will or the intestacy rules.

Administering a person’s estate can be quite complicated and time consuming, especially when inheritance tax is payable. If you are a personal representative the consequences of getting something wrong can be disastrous - either you can pay heavy penalties to the Revenue if you mis-calculate the tax or you may have to pay out of your own pocket to a creditor or beneficiary if you make a mistake.

At BHP Law, we have a team of experts who can guide you through the Grant of Representation process. We can do as much or as little as you want, to help ease the burden and make sure you get things right. If you are worried about costs, we offer a fixed fee service so that you stay in control and know exactly where you stand.

See if you qualify for probate online - our simple and cost effective service for estates working on a budget.

 

 

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