When a person dies having left a Will, they will often have chosen someone close to them such as a friend, relative, or professional to be the Will’s Executor. It is the Executor’s job to manage the financial affairs of the deceased. This may involve distributing things like savings, assets, or property in line with the directions set out in the Will.
In most cases, before the Executor starts allocating the deceased’s assets, they will need to acquire a court’s permission and confirmation that the Will of the deceased is legally sound and legitimate. This permission is commonly called ‘Probate of Will’ and is necessary for practically all instances.
Sometimes, a notification may be displayed on a public notice board. This notification gives anybody who may disagree with the will the opportunity of contesting it and beginning appropriate legal processes.
Obtaining Probate of Will is an important step if a Will is unclear, there are concerns about its contents, or there are disagreements in how any inheritance should be shared out. Probate confirms that the deceased’s Will is genuine, that the person making the Will was willing and of sound mind when they made it, and that the Will was suitably witnessed.
When the court has approved everything, and it can be certain that there are no objections to the Will’s contents, the Probate process can formally begin. This means the Estate of the deceased can be divided up between the people or organisations named in the Will.
Ensuring a Will is written correctly, legally sound, and executed properly can be a lengthy and at times complex undertaking.
Capital Life’s legal team is on hand to make Will-writing less stressful. Their service is affordable, friendly, and can help take the hassle out of the Probate process too. Contact them right away to learn more.