One question we are often asked is, “Can I do probate myself?” and the answer is yes. If you are faced with dealing with the affairs of someone who has died, and you want to complete the process without professional help, the Citizens Advice Bureau may be a good place to start. They provide a good overview of what needs to be done on the Citizens Advice website.
If an estate is simple and you have the time and confidence to complete the process then the DIY approach can be more cost effective – if you get it right. However, as an executor or administrator you can be held personal liable if you get it wrong, even if it was a genuine mistake. The risks of being an executor or administrator are reduced with professional support.
If you are in unsure on any aspect of the probate process we urge your to take advice from a probate solicitor especially if the estate is complicated or likely to be challenged.
Seek advice if you answer yes to any of the following:
- Are there doubts over the validity of the Will?
- Are there beneficiaries you are unable to locate?
- Did the deceased leave dependants who may have a claim for support but have been left out of the Will?
- Does the estate include arrangements such as assets held in trust?
- Is the estate insolvent, or are there doubts about the solvency of the estate?
- Does the estate include foreign property?
- Was the deceased domiciled outside the UK?
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If you are in need of assistance in dealing with the probate process and require trusted advice bespoke to your circumstances please book a free 20 minute consultation with a probate solicitor.