If you are in the position of needing to apply for grant of probate, it is worth remembering that it is possible to undertake the process yourself, without the advice and services of a probate solicitor. In fact, it is never necessary to be a specialist to apply for grant of probate. Indeed, in nearly 50 percent of cases people undertake the process themselves, including the handling of money, application for grant of representation, and inheritance tax issues.
However, it is worth bearing in mind that instructing a probate solicitor may be the prudent option particularly in complex circumstances or where you are short of time – probate can be a complex and time-consuming process.
In simple cases, probate can be straightforward and easy to manage. However, in real life, the process is rarely simple and can be complex, bewildering, and demanding, making it almost impossible to combine with raising a family and/or working full-time.
Complexities may include the involvement of dependent children, where the deceased has died intestate (without a will) or where the deceased had complex investments, tax arrangements or business interests.
Furthermore, some wills, particularly those that have been written without the advice of a wills solicitor, are unclear or ambiguous and may give rise to disputes or uncertainty, which, with specialist knowledge and skills, a probate solicitor is qualified to resolve.
Another thing to consider is the risk of making a mistake – whereas committing a mistake through the process can make you financially liable, while also causing you emotional trauma and placing strain upon your personal and family relationships, probate lawyers possess professional indemnity insurance to indemnify them against the cost of a mistake.
In addition, even once the estate has been distributed, if it transpires that the deceased left debts, a DIY probate applicant may become liable for these.
Contact George Ide LLP for the advice and services of our team of probate solicitors. We are one of the leading full service legal firms in the region and can help with applications for Grant of Probate, Letters of Administration, as well as the full spectrum of probate and wills related matters.
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