Wills and Probate
At Clark Willis, we understand that dealing with the death of a loved one can be a very difficult and upsetting time. We also realise that every person’s Estate is as individual as they are and that increasingly family members or friends are willing to become more involved in administering affairs. Accordingly, we offer a bespoke Probate service which fits in with your budget, time and personal priorities.
When a loved one or close friend passes away, you will need to deal with their affairs. This often requires the need for a Grant of Probate to be obtained from the Court to allow you to collect in their assets, pay off any liabilities and distribute their estate.
At Clark Willis we can assist you with the entire estate administration process or alternatively, just help you complete the legal forms to obtain the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration where there is no valid Will.
We offer a complimentary appointment where you can firstly tell us about the person who has died if we have not had the privilege to meet them during their lifetime, to find out a little bit about the person behind the estate, and then secondly we will explain your duties and how we can assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Probate, or Letters of Administration if there is no Will, is a document produced by the Court which confirms that the Executors (Administrators if there is no Will) have the necessary authority to administer a deceased’s estate.
Who applies for the Grant?
If there is a Will, the Executors named in the Will make the application. If there is no Will then the rules on Intestacy dictate who is legally entitled to obtain the Grant. This is often family members.
What happens if there are disagreements over the Will or the Estate?
It is not uncommon for there to be disputes over an Estate. If such a situation should arise, we can refer your matter on to our experienced solicitors in the litigation department who will be able to assist you with this. Having one firm of solicitors who can deal with everything for you will enable the matter to be dealt with more efficiently.