Access to Free Probate Advice
The Probate Network’s main aim is to simplify the probate process by offering individuals access to solicitors who can provide initial guidance based on their specific circumstances. By contacting The Probate Network, individuals can expect to be put in touch with a reliable and empathetic probate solicitor in Brighton who is a member of the Law Society and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
What you can discuss
During the free 20-minute telephone consultation, individuals can discuss a range of probate-related matters, including;
- Grant of probate: This is a legal document that gives an executor the right to administer the estate of a deceased person in accordance with their will. A grant of probate is typically required to access the deceased person’s assets, including property, bank accounts, and investments.
- Letters of administration: If the deceased person did not leave a valid will, letters of administration may be required. This is a legal document that gives an administrator the right to manage and distribute the estate according to the law.
- Advice on probate forms: Probate forms can be complex and confusing, and it’s important to complete them accurately to avoid delays or errors. Probate solicitors can provide guidance on which forms to use and how to fill them out properly.
- Dealing with contentious probate: Sometimes, disputes arise between beneficiaries or other parties involved in the probate process. Probate lawyers can provide advice and representation in these situations to help resolve conflicts and ensure a fair distribution of the estate.
- Valuing the probate estate: Accurately valuing the deceased person’s assets is an important part of the probate process, as it determines the amount of inheritance tax that may be due and helps ensure that beneficiaries receive their fair share of the estate.
- Inheritance tax (IHT) and IHT calculations and inheritance tax exemptions: Inheritance tax is a tax on the value of the deceased person’s estate, and it may be due if the estate is above a certain threshold. Probate advisors can provide guidance on how to calculate and pay inheritance tax, as well as advice on any available exemptions or reliefs.
- Estate administration and distribution: Probate advisors can provide assistance with managing the deceased person’s assets, paying any debts or bills, and distributing the remaining assets to beneficiaries according to the will or the law.
- Assistance with locating beneficiaries: In some cases, it may be difficult to locate all the beneficiaries entitled to a share of the estate. Probate researchers or genealogists can help identify and locate missing beneficiaries, ensuring that everyone receives their fair share.
- The Rules of Intestacy. UK intestacy rules are the laws that apply when someone dies without leaving a will. In the absence of a valid will, it is these rules that decide how a person’s estate is distributed after they die.
- International Probate: When an individual dies owning assets outside of the UK, in one or more countries, probate usually must be obtained in all the countries where the assets are located
Genuine Free Probate Advice
The probate solicitor will not use the call as a sales pitch but rather to provide genuine and helpful advice that can assist in planning the next steps to manage the probate process.
If further assistance is required, individuals can request a probate quote during the consultation or through an online form at a later time. The Probate Network is unique in that not all solicitors offer free advice. By connecting individuals with probate solicitors in Brighton who are willing to provide free probate advice, individuals can decide if the solicitor is someone they can work with should they need further advice in the future.
The Probate Checklist
Before the consultation, it is advisable to review The Probate Network’s probate checklist, which lists all the necessary documents required for completing the probate process. This ensures that individuals are fully prepared for the call and can make the most of the free advice offered.
After the consultation, individuals will have a better understanding of their legal position and can decide if they require the support of a probate solicitor. If necessary, the probate solicitor can assist with specific elements of the probate process, such as calculating inheritance tax and exemptions or applying for the grant of probate or letters of administration.
The Probate Services Business Directory
The Probate Network also provides valuable resources, including a probate services business directory that offers access to a range of probate service providers in Brighton and beyond. This includes;
- Probate finance and loans: Access to financing options for probate-related expenses, such as legal fees and taxes.
- Probate insurance: Insurance policies specifically designed to cover the costs and risks associated with the probate process, including probate specific empty property insurance.
- RICS property valuers: Chartered surveyors who can provide professional and independent valuations of probate property and other assets involved in probate.
- Genealogists: Researchers who specialise in tracing family histories and identifying heirs and beneficiaries in probate cases.
- Asset and will searches: Professional services that can locate and retrieve missing assets and wills for probate purposes.
- Burial and cremation: Funeral directors and service providers who can assist with the burial or cremation of the deceased, including arrangements for transport, ceremony, and memorialization.
- Valuers for all types of property: Experts who can appraise the value of various types of property, including antiques, art, jewellery, and collectibles, for probate purposes.
- Probate-specific house clearance: Professional services that can assist with clearing out and disposing of the contents of a deceased person’s home, including furniture, appliances, and personal belongings.
Why we offer this service
The Probate Network was launched to provide people needing probate advice with an option to talk to a local probate solicitor for free to ask some initial questions. The service was created following the founder’s experience of trying to find a solicitor who would answer the question “Is Probate Required?” without having to book an expensive official appointment. The free advice offered by The Probate Network is genuine and provides individuals with critical information, including an initial assessment of their unique needs, an estimate of potential costs associated with professional probate assistance, and the chance to evaluate their comfort level with the probate solicitor. Probate is a complex area and often a very emotional task to complete so it’s crucial to deal with a solicitor who you can trust and understand.
Here to help
The Probate Network is an invaluable service for anyone dealing with the loss of a loved one and the probate process. The service provides individuals with access to reliable and empathetic probate solicitors in Brighton who are willing to provide free probate advice. The free consultation provides individuals with critical information that can help them navigate the probate process and make informed decisions.