Wills and Probate

With a will you control what will become of your property and other assets after you die. You are not required by law to leave a will. However should you decide not to make one, you will die 'intestate' and your possessions will be distributed in accordance with government law.

Family, friends, favourite charities or business associates and partners could all suffer if you die intestate, and you could also be missing out on certain tax advantages. With enough forward planning, your Family Law Southampton wills and probate solicitor may be able to secure you sizeable tax savings and advise you how to accommodate them in your will.

If you want to find out more about making a will or are curious about possible tax benefits get in touch on 0800 083 8359 or use the form on this site.  Family Law Southampton will simplify  the process for you and put you in touch with the best solicitors and lawyers in Southampton.

We can also help when a friend or relative has died without a will- 'intestate'- and you require legal advice about what do do next, you may have questions like:

  • Will I still be entitled to any inheritance?
  • How do I figure out how much tax is due?

Even though the deceased has died without a will, there is a strong possibility you will get a  share of any assets. But the law here is anything but straightforward, get in touch with Family Law Southampton we are here to help.

What is 'probate'?

In this context 'probate' is the process of applying for the right to administer the deceased's estate. When a friend or family member dies permission is required for you to take responsibility for his or her estate.  For example 'probate' would be necessary if you wish to administer their bank accounts.

In circumstances where a will exists, the deceased will have named 'executors'. An executor is some person or persons they deceased wants to administer their estate. But before  the executor can begin to do this they must apply to the appropriate for a 'grant of probate'.

Where there in no will and therefore no named executor a relative can apply to administer the the esate by contacting the probate registry and applying for a 'grant of letters of administration'.

The law around wills, executors, probate and dying intestate can be  complicated and complex, and we recommend you talk to our expert lawyers at Family Law Southampton.

Call Family Law Southampton on 0800 083 8359 for all the advice and information you need from our expert lawyers, use the online enquiry form or mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We will get you talking to the best lawyers near you in Southampton who will talk you through the process clearly explaining each step.

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