Lockings Solicitors

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Professional, Plain-Speaking Probate Solicitors

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22rgba%2849%2C68%2C85%2C0.70%29%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-style%22%3A%22normal%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2218px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2227px%22%7D%7D”]We understand most Personal Representatives go through an emotional and challenging time, often grappling with the death of a loved one while carrying the weight of sorting everything out. Dealing with the huge amount of paperwork involved can be overwhelming and confusing. Sometimes, relatives may be worried about the absence of a will or concerned about a will’s contents. Whatever your need for a probate solicitor, we’re here to help.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23314455%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-style%22%3A%22normal%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%7D%7D”]As professional, plain-speaking probate solicitors, our years of experience means that we can manage the whole process, explaining each step in clear easy to understand language. These steps can include:

  • Registering a death and making funeral arrangements
  • Applying for the correct Grant of Representation
  • Establishing and verifying beneficiaries
  • Finding and identifying beneficiaries
  • Identifying estate assets
  • Collecting in the estate assets
  • Sale of estate assets including properties and shares
  • Paying the estate’s debts
  • Completing tax returns where appropriate
  • Preparation of detailed comprehensive estate accounts
  • Distributing the estate to beneficiaries.

Unlike many probate solicitors, if there is a dispute or one crops up, we can help with that too – all under one roof. Whatever the issue, contact us and we can clearly set out your options and help you achieve the best resolution.

Click here to see probate costs and services.[/vc_column_text][us_btn label=”our people” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lockin.gs%2Fabout-us%2F|title:About%20Us” style=”5″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22max-width%22%3A%22200px%22%2C%22min-width%22%3A%22200px%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22max-width%22%3A%22100%25%22%2C%22min-width%22%3A%22300px%22%2C%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%7D”][us_btn label=”Contact us” link=”url:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lockin.gs%2Fcontact-us%2F|title:Contact%20Us” style=”4″ css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22max-width%22%3A%22200px%22%2C%22min-width%22%3A%22200px%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22max-width%22%3A%22100%25%22%2C%22min-width%22%3A%22300px%22%2C%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%2C%22margin-right%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%7D”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22%23EBEBEB%22%2C%22padding-left%22%3A%2250px%22%7D%7D” el_class=”service_faq”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Probate FAQs” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_tta_accordion][vc_tta_section title=”1. What is probate?” tab_id=”1620377447718-01c513a1-8e81″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]Probate is the process of an individual obtaining the legal right to manage an estate after a person’s death. This individual, often a close family member is named in the will and becomes the executor of the estate often jointly with another family member or professional (such as a solicitor).

Individuals named in the will do not have to accept the appointment but if they do they have strict obligations including notifying beneficiaries and managing financial affairs. Often, an executor will be required to sell a property and use the proceeds to balance debts, pay tax and distribute the remaining funds according to the will. If you’ve been named as an executor our specialist probate solicitors can help guide you through this process and make sure you fulfil all your responsibilities as a legal caretaker whilst giving you the support you need along the way.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”2. What is contentious probate?” tab_id=”1620377447764-7fbddfa9-1d93″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]Contentious probate is a specialist area of probate law that relates to a dispute which arises when someone dies.

These are a number of ways in which such a dispute may arise:

  • When a person contests a Will they are stating that
  • The Will has been made as a result of Undue Coercion or Influence —an individual has been pressured into writing or making changes to a will.
  • The person making the Will lacked Testamentary Capacity —the person was not “sound of mind, memory and understanding” at the time of signing the Will.
  • The Person making the Will Lacked Knowledge and Approval —the individual did not understood and approve the Will when it was signed

When a person makes a Claim against the Estate they are using legislation called the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 to argue that the deceased’s Will or the Intestacy Rules, if the deceased did not leave a valid Will, have not made reasonable financial provision for them

There can be other disputes during the course of administration regarding personal items, money given away or lent by the deceased or even the deceased’s funeral wishes.

It’s not always obvious to the Personal Representatives at the start that there will be a dispute and to the untrained eye the potential for a challenge may be missed. Our experts are on hand to advise you so that you can fulfil your obligations as a Personal representative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”3. What happens if someone doesn’t leave a will?” tab_id=”1620377566174-43ccafaa-6fb3″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]There are a number of myths in this area which are simply not true.

Myth #1: your husband or wife will receive all of your assets if you die without making a Will.
Myth #2: if you die without a spouse or children your estate will be shared between your living brothers and sisters.

If a person dies without making a Will (“intestate”), their estate is shared according to the rules of intestacy. Our specialist solicitors can explain how these rules will apply in any given circumstances. Managing this type of estate is often much more complicated than where the deceased left a Will and requires the help of specialist probate solicitors.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”4. How can probate solicitors help?” tab_id=”1620377609716-0ebc5928-ffd2″][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%7D%7D”]Most commonly, probate solicitors give guidance to executors and families shortly after a loved one’s death. Solicitors can register a death and make funeral arrangements, as well as assist executors with their obligations. Often, probate solicitors will apply for “Grant of Probate” on your behalf and help identify estate assets and their beneficiaries. As an executor, you’re still legally in charge of managing an estate. However, hiring a probate solicitor helps relieve some of this pressure as they take on a more technical, background role to help manage financial affairs and oversee the distribution of funds to different essential causes.

Sometimes, probate solicitors will be called on for other things. Contested probate solicitors specialise in will disputes and spend time examining and appealing wills while advising you of your chances of amending a clause or discrediting a will. Probate support is also available for families without a will as they enter the administration process.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_accordion][us_btn label=”Have more questions? Speak to a probate solicitor for a free, no-obligation chat” link_type=”onclick” style=”4″ align=”center” el_class=”popmake-2242″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row height=”auto” width=”1″ columns_gap=”0″][vc_column stretch=”1″][us_page_block id=”1236″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row height=”auto” content_placement=”middle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22linear-gradient%28to%20right%2C%23FFF%2050%25%2C%20%231DB055%2050%25%29%22%7D%2C%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22rgba%28255%2C255%2C255%2C0.00%29%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22background-color%22%3A%22rgba%28255%2C255%2C255%2C0.00%29%22%7D%7D” el_class=”service_form”][vc_column][vc_row_inner content_placement=”middle” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2280px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%2280px%22%7D%2C%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%2280px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%2280px%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22padding-top%22%3A%220px%22%2C%22padding-bottom%22%3A%2250px%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_inner css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%2C%22tablets%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%2C%22mobiles%22%3A%7B%22margin-left%22%3A%22auto%22%7D%7D” width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Have a Free, No Obligation Chat with a Probate Solicitor” use_theme_fonts=”yes” css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23314455%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%20Black%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2240px%22%7D%7D”][vc_column_text css=”%7B%22default%22%3A%7B%22color%22%3A%22%23314455%22%2C%22font-family%22%3A%22Avenir%22%2C%22font-weight%22%3A%22400%22%2C%22font-size%22%3A%2216px%22%2C%22line-height%22%3A%2224px%22%2C%22margin-bottom%22%3A%2232px%22%7D%7D”]As a prospective probate client, you’re entitled to a free, no-obligation chat with one of our probate solicitors. During this chat, you can ask for individual advice on probate matters, including Will disputes, Personal Representative obligations and the process of managing the estate with or without a will.
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