Executries (Probate) Lawyer Glasgow
Family Law Glasgow are experts in wills, executries (probate) and all aspects of estate administration. For advice and support, contact us by calling on us 0141 413 0527 or contact us online.
If you have been appointed the executor of an estate you may have questions about what you will have to do to carry out your legal obligations. Your responsibilities as an executor may come at a very difficult time when you have just lost a loved one.
Our friendly local lawyers understand what a challenging time this can be for you. The law of succession is complex and the last thing you may want to do at such a painful time is to try to deal with lots of legal documents and paperwork.
Given what a difficult time this can be, many people choose to appoint an experienced solicitor to help them understand their responsibilities and carry out their duties. Contact us to find out how we can guide you through the process and have things wrapped up as quickly and efficiently as possible. We take pride in providing a friendly, approachable and cost effective service to our clients. Our lawyers have years of experience in drafting wills and winding up estates.
What is an Executor?
The executor is the person who has been appointed to wind up the estate of the deceased. This role carries various obligations and responsibilities for the distribution of the deceased’s estate.
What Does an Executor Do?
If a person has left a will they are described as having died testate. Before an executor can begin the process of dividing up the deceased’s estate, they must first seek permission from the court and this is called confirmation.
An executor’s usual duties will include:
- Compiling a full category and valuation of the deceased’s estate.
- Settling existing debts.
- Selling property in the estate.
- Closing the deceased’s bank accounts.
- Making claims for any pensions or insurance policies that are due to the deceased’s estate.
- Distributing the estate in accordance with the terms of the valid will and the rules of succession law.
Each case will differ, but every winding up of an estate is subject to the rules of succession law. As executor you are responsible for the decisions of the estate. Succession law can be very difficult to understand and there are lots of considerations to make and processes for an executor to follow. For this reason you may wish to consult an experienced execturies solicitor about any questions or concerns you have.
What Happens If There is No Will?
When someone dies without leaving a valid will, they are described as having died intestate.
In this case an application will have to be made to the court to appoint an executor.
If there is no valid will, the estate will be split according to the rules of intestacy. These rules will govern how the property, possession and money is to be divided. Intestacy will usually prioritise the spouse and children of the deceased and it may not reflect what the wishes of the deceased would have been.
Contact Glasgow Executry Lawyers
The executry process can be very difficult to navigate. The rules of succession are not easy to understand, and can be difficult to follow when a loved one has only recently passed away and the family is still grieving. The Family Law Glasgow team appreciate the difficulties faced by families in attempting to organise a loved one's affairs.
If you would like to know more about how our team can help you, please call us on 0141 413 0527 or contact us online.