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How to Manage the Probate Process

Get organised As an executor, you will need to collect and distribute any assets, pay and recover debts, sort out all the official bits and pieces, and then distribute anything that’s leftover. Hopefully, your loved one will have a financial fact sheet or a folder with the required paperwork to help you. Although it isn’t essential. The first step you will need to take is to ...

What to do when someone dies

Losing a loved one is never easy. And it’s even harder when responsibility for handling their affairs falls on your shoulders. For many, you’ll never have had to deal with this before, so it can be confusing knowing what you need to do and when. To help ease the burden, we’ve created this article that outlines the steps you need to take when someone passes away. Immediate firs ...

How much does a funeral cost and what are my options?

Trying to manage your grief while making funeral arrangements can be emotionally draining. Even more so if you have to deal with the added worry of trying to finance it. To help ease any concerns you might have, in this article, we’ll outline the average cost of different types of funerals to give you a guideline of what you can expect to pay.  As long as funds are available, ...

How to Choose a Solicitor

Finding a solicitor We think that finding a good solicitor is similar to finding a good builder or car mechanic. It’s one of those professions that do specialised work that most of us need from time to time, but we don’t know very much about. It can, therefore, feel like there is a high risk of being ripped off, which isn’t a nice feeling. Charging Understanding how solicito ...

What is Probate?

Probate (or Confirmation in Scotland) refers to the legal documentation that gives someone the authority to deal with someone else's assets. Background info When someone passes away, all of their property, possessions and money make up their estate. If they made a will, they should have nominated one or more people to be responsible for dealing with their estate. These peopl ...

Tidy up your estate in 5 easy steps

While no one wants to be morbidly planning their own funeral, completing a few relatively straightforward tasks can lay the legal and administrative groundwork to give you peace of mind that you have made the process a lot easier for family members when the bell finally tolls. In many people’s experience, it can be a huge relief to have organised the end of their life, it can a ...