Estate and inheritance advice

What do lawyers, administrators and executors do ?


Probate law can be confusing and bewildering. A good probate lawyer will take the time to explain and help you to understand probate inheritance, and ensure that the wishes of the deceased are carried out and that assets are passed to the intended beneficiaries as quickly as possible.

After your probate lawyer has determined the details of the Will, he or she will arrange for inheritance tax to be paid if necessary, and then apply to the Probate Registry to authorise the Executors to administer and distribute the probate estate in line with the provisions of the Will.

An Executor is the person appointed in the Will to deal with the administration of the Estate. The Administrator is the person who must deal with the administration of a probate estate where no Will exists. The Executor or Administrator has a number three specific tasks:

•    Safeguard  and protect the estate
•    Apply for the Grant of Representation
•    Distribute the estate according to the terms of the Will or Intestacy

This is not intended to be a comprehensive outline of probate law and is not intended to be a substitute for specific advice. You should always seek the advice of a probate lawyer.