Wills, Probate, Tax & Trusts

Probate & Intestacy

Ensure proper administration of estates and protect your interests.
Navigate the complexities of probate and intestacy with confidence. Our expert team at HK Law provides comprehensive legal guidance to help you settle estates, distribute assets, and protect your rights.

Why seek legal advice

Dealing with probate and intestacy can be overwhelming, especially during an already challenging time. Seek legal advice to ensure proper administration of estates and protect your interests. Trust us to handle your probate and intestacy matters efficiently and effectively.

  • Streamlined process
  • Peace of mind
  • Legal expertise
  • Avoid disputes
  • Efficient asset distribution
  • Protection of rights
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Why choose HK Law?

When it comes to probate and intestacy matters, you need a legal team you can rely on. HK Law holds industry accreditations and memberships, demonstrating our commitment to providing high-quality legal services and adhering to professional standards.

  • Expertise in Probate and Intestacy
  • Accredited Professionals
  • Dementia Friendly
  • Personalised Approach
  • Efficient and Timely Service
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Your questions answered

Abigail Doggrell, Senior Associate Solicitor
  • What is probate?
    Probate is the legal process of administering an estate, including distributing assets, paying debts and taxes, and settling any claims against the estate. It is usually required when someone dies with a will.
  • What happens if there is no will (intestacy)?
    If someone dies without a will, the estate is distributed according to the laws of intestacy. The distribution follows a predetermined order, typically starting with the closest relatives.
  • Do I need legal assistance for probate?
    While it is possible to handle probate yourself, seeking legal advice can help ensure that the process is conducted correctly and efficiently, reducing the risk of errors or disputes.
  • How long does probate usually take?
    The duration of probate can vary depending on the complexity of the estate. On average, it can take between six to twelve months. However, some cases may take longer.
  • Can disputes arise during probate?
    Yes, disputes can arise during probate, especially when there are disagreements among beneficiaries, creditors, or other interested parties. Seeking legal advice can help resolve disputes and protect your rights.
  • Can I distribute assets before probate is complete?
    It is generally advisable to wait until probate is complete before distributing assets to ensure that all legal requirements are met. However, there may be exceptions in certain circumstances.
  • What are the responsibilities of an executor?
    An executor is responsible for managing the estate, including identifying and valuing assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing assets to beneficiaries according to the terms of the will.
  • How much does probate cost?
    The cost of probate can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the estate and legal fees. It is best to consult with a probate lawyer to discuss the specific costs associated with your case.
  • What are the costs, key stages, and likely timescales?
    To find out what’s included in our services, what costs are involved, and likely timescales, please check out the “Our Fees” page of our website.

By Darren Francis, Associate Solicitor

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