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The death of a relative or close friend is always distressing and the legal processes can seem confusing and a huge extra burden to carry.

Dealing with their property, money and possessions, known as their ‘estate’ is an important part of the process. Sometimes this important task can be made more difficult because there is no Will (known as ‘dying intestate’) or somehow the Will is invalid.

Depending on your relationship with the person who has died and the value of the estate, you may also need to apply for a ‘grant of representation’ – known as ‘probate’.

A grant of representation gives you the legal right to access the person’s bank account so that you can pay any Inheritance Tax that is due, pay any debts, for example unpaid utility bills and also collect the ‘estate’s assets’, for example money from the sale of the person’s property.

This will enable you to distribute the remainder of the money, possessions, etc (the estate) to the people named in the Will (the ‘beneficiaries’)

At Mander Hadley, we can help and support you through the entire process. We are able to relieve you of much of the burden of dealing with a loved one’s estate by sorting out the paperwork, and corresponding with the necessary organisations on your behalf.

It costs nothing to have an initial chat with us. You will undoubtedly have lots of questions and maybe feel lost and unsure about what to do next.

Our lawyers are members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly.

We offer a free initial meeting and free safe storage of Wills, Deeds and Powers of Attorney.

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Contact us now and let us take care of your Probate and Estate Administration matters. You are in safe hands at Mander Hadley.

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