When Should You Use A Solicitor To Administer An Estate?

When a loved one dies it can be a difficult, emotional and stressful time.

We can help you sort out the legal side of things quickly, easily and at low cost.

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Welcome to our page explaining why to use a solicitor to administer your loved one’s estate.  We are a firm who specialise in dealing with probate and estate administration work.  At Seatons, we offer a helpful and friendly service with low fees that provide exceptional value for money.  Please call us today for a free, no-obligation initial chat on 01536 276300 or contact us online.

Reasons Why to Use Seatons Solicitors

  1. We offer a free, initial no-obligation chat;
  2. We are legal estate-administration specialists;
  3. We offer low, fixed & competitive fees;
  4. We care about you and will work hard for you;
  5. We are known as “The Friendly Professionals”;
  6. Distance is not a problem – we act for people across the UK.

Avoid Legal Problems

When a loved one dies, emotions are obviously running high and it is difficult to keep a clear head and do the right thing. There are many administrative tasks that need to be carried out. These include registering the death, arranging the funeral, collecting in assets (such as bank accounts, insurance policies, personal possessions), paying debts and expenses (such as funeral account and outstanding loans), and eventually distributing the estate to the correct beneficiaries through a Grant of Probate.

In order to legally deal with the administration of the estate it is often necessary for the person dealing with the administration of the estate, the Personal Representative, to apply for a Grant of Probate. Probate is a court order that gives formal legal authority to the Personal Representative to administer the estate including collecting assets, paying debts and distributing the estate.

When To Use A Solicitor

In our opinion it is usually best to seek legal advice and delegate the work out to professionals in the following circumstances when applying for a Grant of Probate:-

  1. Children under 18
  2. Property needs to be sold or transferred
  3. The estate has a value of over £50,000
  4. Different types of estate assets/debts
  5. The estate may have complicating features
  6. The estate may be insolvent
  7. Inheritance tax may need to be paid
  8. The deceased owned a business
  9. Possible dispute or arguments
  10. Any other unusual circumstances.

Contact us today to discuss your situation and we can advise a bespoke quote tailored to your specific requirements.

Save On Legal Costs

Lawyers can charge all sorts of different fees for the legal work they do. We at Seatons pride ourselves on providing low, sensible charges and giving fantastic value for money. Compared with appointing banks, accountants and other solicitors, you will find that our fees are considerably lower.

Usually other companies will charge based on a percentage value of the estate. We only charge based on the time we spend which can result in significant savings.

Fast & Efficient Service

You want your estate to be administered as quickly and efficiently as possible. Sometimes estates can be quite complicated and time-consuming to administer. We at Seatons administer estates quickly and efficiently and a lot faster than many other solicitors.

Avoid Family Disputes

When people die, all sorts of problems and disputes can arise even if a will has been made. We at Seatons are independent and unbiased and will ensure that any disputes or problems that might crop up are resolved quickly, fairly and with as little fuss as possible.

Free Initial No Obligation Discussion

We are known as “the friendly professionals” and can make sure that the estate is dealt with both sympathetically and efficiently as possible. We always offer a free, no-obligation initial discussion with you to assess the situation of the estate and determine whether any legal work is necessary. Sometimes it is not necessary for any legal work to be completed, and if so, we simply do not get involved and let you sort matters out yourself. If legal work is necessary, then we can help you sort it out.

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I’m Adrian Chambers and specialise in Probate and Estate matters. We aim to provide our clients with an outstanding legal service.

We will help and support you and most importantly we work hard for you.

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Please contact us for a free, no obligation initial chat on 01536 276300 or contact us online.

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