After bereavement, there is usually the consuming affair of dividing the estate of the deceased among the beneficiaries according to the will. If the deceased died intestate, the property will usually be divided among members of the immediate family.
For this to happen it is usually important to speak to a probate lawyer about whether you will need a grant of probate. This depends on the assets left behind by the deceased. Probate lawyers can talk to you about the following steps related to administering the will.
Grants of representation
To administer the assets of a deceased, you need a grant of representation. There are three types of grant of representation:
Applying for a grant of representation
You need to have the original last will (if any) and the original death certificate of the deceased in order to apply for a grant of representation. Find accurate records of all the assets, investments and liabilities, as you will need them when making the application. Once your attorney is satisfied that you have all relevant documents, your application will be drafted with the following documents:
Other affidavits you may have to attach include:
The two main situations where a will can be disputed are:
Probate lawyers are well poised to overcome the legal hurdles that can arise in this long and detailed process.Share
24 April 2017
Hello, my name is Jenny and this is my probate law blog. I should say now, I am not a lawyer and I have not had any professional legal training. However, I do know a thing or two about probate. I taught myself a lot after the death of my grandma. My grandma left a lot of money and property behind, but unfortunately, she didn't leave a will. This lead to several family members staking a claim on the inheritance. I instructed a lawyer to act on my mother's behalf to ensure that she was not cheated out of her share.