Executing a Will

Are you serving as the administrator or executor of a will? We understand that it can be overwhelming to navigate through the grieving process while simultaneously managing funeral arrangements and the administrative responsibilities of an executor. That’s why Hawkins Law are here to offer assistance.

How to Execute a Will

If you have been named the executor or administrator of a person’s will, your role is to carry out their wishes as outlined in the document. In order to administer the deceased person’s estate, you may require a legal document called a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration, which grants you the authority to handle their affairs.

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Why Should I Consider Legal Representation as an Executor?

Engaging the services of a knowledgeable solicitor can be beneficial when facing the task of executing a loved one’s will. Here are some reasons to consider legal representation:

  • Time-saving: Working with an experienced solicitor will help you save time.
  • Efficiency: A professional solicitor with expertise in this field can handle complex tasks with ease and efficiency, minimizing the administrative work and time required.
  • Independent Party: Unfortunately, the distribution of an estate can sometimes lead to disputes within the family, which is likely the last thing the deceased person wanted. A solicitor acts as an impartial and neutral party. In the event of estate disputes, the solicitor remains unbiased and, once the litigation is resolved, proceeds with distributing the estate. To learn more about contesting a will, click here.
  • Responsibility: As an executor or administrator, you can be held personally liable for any mistakes made. Seeking the assistance of our specialist solicitors will help you avoid errors.

I Am the Executor of an Estate - How Can a Solicitor Assist Me?

Depending on the will, estate, and beneficiaries involved, carrying out your duties as an executor or administrator can be intricate and time-consuming. A professional will and probate solicitor can support you with various tasks, including:

  • Applying for a grant of probate or letters of administration.
  • Gathering assets and settling liabilities.
  • Communicating with beneficiaries and distributing the estate according to the will.
  • If there is no will, distributing the estate in compliance with the rules of intestacy.
  • Assessing and settling tax obligations of the estate (e.g., inheritance tax, income tax, and capital gains tax).

Is Probate Always Required for Executing a Will?

Obtaining a Grant of Probate is not always necessary.

The Will Appears Inconclusive in Some Parts - What Should I Do?

If the will contains ambiguous provisions, it may be deemed invalid, and the estate will be distributed following the rules of intestacy. If you have concerns about the will under which you were appointed as executor, we recommend seeking legal advice from our specialist solicitors.

How Do I Pay for Legal Assistance in Executing a Will?

Any expenses incurred by you as an executor or administrator can be reimbursed from the estate. For instance, travel expenses and postage costs may be eligible for reimbursement. However, as a non-professional executor or administrator, you cannot charge for your time spent dealing with the estate. If you engage a probate solicitor to assist with estate administration, the professional fees will be payable from the estate. By seeking legal assistance, you can minimize your workload and time spent, facilitating a quicker distribution of the estate when working with experts.

Assistance with Executing a Will

Are you an administrator or executor of a will? Dealing with the loss of a loved one, making funeral arrangements, and undertaking the responsibilities of an executor simultaneously can be challenging. That’s why many executors and administrators, also known as personal representatives, choose to work with solicitors who can assist them in executing the deceased person’s will. At Hawkins Law, we have specialist solicitors who can support you in fulfilling your duties as the personal representative of your loved one’s estate. Contact us on 0207 177 7579 or info@hawkinslaw.co.uk.

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