When a loved one passes it is extremely upsetting, but it can also be stressful to deal with everything that they have left behind. Some people find it easier to deal with things on their own, but for a majority of people having support and advice makes the entire process more endurable. Hiring a reliable probate solicitors Portsmouth to assist you with these matters will make sure that you have someone to turn to for legal advice if you are not sure what to do, and they can explain everything to you in simplified terms instead of surrounding you with complex legal jargon. They can help you to deal with an estate if you have been left in charge of one, or they can simply assist you when it comes to distributing your loved one’s possessions in accordance to their will. Getting legal advice and support will alleviate the stress that you are feeling and allow you to free up some of your time to focus on other important matters that need to be dealt with after your loved one’s passing.
What if you are now in charge of an estate?
For a lot of people finding out that their loved one has died is stressful and upsetting enough, but to then find out that you have inherited an estate and have lots of other things to deal with can be overwhelming. Getting legal advice when it comes to dealing with an estate is almost essential, unless you happen to be extremely knowledgeable yourself when it comes to grants of representation. A grant of representation is usually required to be held by the Personal Representative, which is you. Unless it’s not you, but this is something that your legal advisor will be able to find out pretty quick too. Obtaining this grant can be terribly confusing, time-consuming and stressful, so getting legal advice will ensure that no time is wasted and that everything runs smoothly. Your legal advisor will be able to create all the legal documents that you will need to obtain the grant and inform you of any updates or delays that have occurred.
Distribution of your loved one’s possessions
After your legal advisor has assisted you in obtaining a grant, they will then be able to help with further additional matters such as settling any debts that have been left by your loved one or dealing with tax implications. They will also be there to assist you when it comes to distributing your loved one’s estate and possessions in line with what is written in their will. If your loved one did not leave a will then their possessions will be distributed in accordance to the intestacy rules, which explain how possessions and estates should be distributed if the deceased has not left instructions within a will. This is something that your legal advisor will be able to explain to you and implement should there be no will to refer to, and is designed to reduce conflict wherever possible.