Probate grants legal rights for the management of your assets after you pass away. Your appointed executors in your Will oversee this process. If you don’t have a Will in place, it is intestate and can be more complex.

At Soteria Planning we offer a full hand holding service guiding your loved ones through the process or a complete management of the administration taking all stress away where we can throughout the formalities of Probate.

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Common Questions about Probate & Estate Planning (FAQ)

When is Probate Granted?

Probate gets granted after the applications forms, Will and death certificate are reviewed and approved by the probate registry.

Can Probate Fees be Paid via The Estate?

Yes, via the estate’s assets.

What Probate Records Are Public?

Once probate is granted, the Will and Grant of Representation become public records.

Can Probate be Fast Tracked?

It is not common, but in some urgent cases Probate can sometimes be expedited.

Who Grants Probate?

Probate is granted by the Probate Registry, a division of the court system.

Do You Always Need Probate?

No, probate may not be required for small estates or those with jointly owned assets passing directly to the surviving owner.

Who Should Start The Probate Process?

The executors named in the Will should start the probate process. If there is no Will in place then the next of kin can start it.

Who Should I Make Executors?

Trustworthy, capable and ideally locally based people. Family or trusted friends are the norm.

What happens If there is no Will?

If there is no Will, the estate is distributed according to the rules of intestacy, with the closest relatives inheriting as the legal guidelines.

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