The order of eligibility is as follows:
But we understand that, even with this grant, it can be distressing to realise that your loved one’s death has left you with unanswered questions. To help you understand this better, we have explained some of the possible scenarios here:
when you die it will depend on the value of your estate as to how matters are handled:-
your partner will not be automatically entitled to any of your assets when you die, no matter how long you have been together. Neither will they be entitled to apply for the grant of letters of administration, to manage the probate process. Another person from the order of eligibility above will instead be entitled to receive the assets in the estate and to make the application to manage the probate process. This will also apply if you die without a partner, as follows:-
If you are not happy with how your loved one’s estate has been managed or divided up you can consider disputing the outcomes. For help and advice talk to one of our probate dispute specialists.
For more information on the probate process or to make a Will please talk to a member of our Wills, Probate and Mental Capacity team or contact any of our offices to make a free initial appointment.
Wards Solicitors remains open for business during the national lockdown and we are taking on new cases. We are available for video call and telephone meetings but cannot currently offer face to face meetings with clients except in some specific emergency situations and at court hearings.
How to get in touch:
A list of our 12 branches is available here. Our telephones lines are operating as normal behind closed doors.
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