When a person dies somebody has to deal with their estate (money property and possessions left) by collecting in all the money, paying any debts and distributing what is left to those people entitled to it. Probate is the court’s authority; given to a person or persons to administer a deceased person’s estate and the document issued by the Probate Service is called a Grant of Representation. This document is usually required by the asset holders as proof to show the correct person or persons have the Probate Service’s authority to administer a deceased person’s estate.
If the person who has died has left a will normally one or more ‘executors’ will be named in the will to deal with the person’s affairs after their death and they will be the persons who apply for probate. If the person who has died didn’t leave a will a close relative of the deceased can apply to the probate registry to deal with the estate. This is the situation in England and Wales, in Scotland there is a different system in place.
We have extensive experience in all areas of probate and we advise clients on a wide range of issues including:
- Administration of estates
- Powers of attorney
- Contentious probate
- Probate litigation
Our experienced probate lawyers offer a personal, sympathetic and highly professional service to the family of the deceased, advising on all aspects of the estate’s administration.
Guillaume Barlet is a London-based French lawyer (Independent Juriste) who advises and assists on wills, estate planning and probates, taking into consideration both legal and tax aspects on such matters within multiple jurisdictions, including France.