We understand the emotion and stress that inevitably follows the death of someone close to you. We are here to ease your burden in any way we can. Our expert team of solicitors are highly skilled in the administration of estates (whether or not a Will was in place) and matters relating to contested Wills and estates.
Where do you start?
Firstly, you must be able to determine all of the assets and liabilities of your loved one. This can include, land, houses, bank account balance, shares, superannuation and any other investments. Once you have an idea as to the assets and liabilities, we will be able to help you as to what the next steps are for you.
In some cases, it may be able to be dealt with administratively. In other cases it may be necessary to obtain what is known as a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the Court.
What happens if there is no Will?
Where there is no Will, the law determines how the Estate is distributed amongst your relatives.
How it will be divided will vary depending on your individual case and will depend on which relatives have survived.
To administer an intestate estate, a person must obtain a Grant of Letters of Administration, which is similar to a Grant of Probate. Michael W Speck and Co can help with such an application.