North East Probate Services

Wills and Probate Solicitors
Newcastle and Sunderland

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What is Probate?

Probate is an order of the court which grants you the authority to deal with the estate of the deceased. Here at Emmersons we provide expert Wills and Probate Services in Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland. There are two types of Grant of Representation:

A Grant of Probate – you can apply for this if you are an executor named in the will.

Letters of Administration – you can apply for this if the deceased did not leave a will and you are the next of kin.

It is important for you to understand that if you are applying for a Grant of Representation then you become legally responsible for the administration of the estate.

What is your role as an Executor or Administrator?

  • You must take this role very seriously. Once you have established the value of the estate you must report this correctly to apply for Probate. You must give a declaration of truth as to the content of the forms that you complete.
  • You must pay all creditors of the estate before you give money or goods to anyone else. This includes returning overpaid state benefits and paying all tax due.
  • You must correctly identify and trace all beneficiaries of the estate and make sure they are paid their share, if there are sufficient monies left after paying all debts.
  • If there was no will then you must decide as a family who is to apply for Probate. Is it right that one or two of you assume the legal responsibility on behalf of all those to benefit?

If you require help with Probate then please do not hesitate to contact Emmersons Solicitors free of charge. We can offer you free initial telephone advice or why not bring your documents to either our Newcastle office or Sunderland office so that we can advise you as to costs. Alternatively we can visit you at your home.

See also:

Contested Estates

Lasting Power of Attorney

Our offices are based in the easy to access central locations of Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland covering the whole of the North East.

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For further information, call our Wills and Probate Department

Probate Help for You and Your Family - Newcastle:   0191 284 6989

Probate Help for You and Your Family - Sunderland: 0191 567 6667

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