Preparing a will and planning for your estate requires careful thought because a mistake or wrong interpretation can lead to disputes that will affect your family. Parkston Lawyers assists with every aspect of wills, estate planning and probate so that your family is supported and protected.
Your will is the legal document which contains your final wishes and the way you want your assets distributed after your death. If you die without a will (intestate) the law will decide how your assets are divided. This can lead to outcomes that you and your family would not be happy with. Having a will also ensures that you decide who will be appointed to act as your legal representative (known as executor). Because a will is such an important document, we strongly recommend that you do not make a will on your own.
When a person dies, the executor must apply for a grant of probate, meaning that they have to prove the will. This is done by applying to the Supreme Court together with affidavits in support, an inventory of assets and liabilities, the original will and the death certificate. When the Court grants probate, the executor can deal with the assets in the estate according to the will.
At Parkston Lawyers, we understand the stress and immense pressure that the death of a loved one can place on a family. Our experience and knowledge in this area together with our empathy and understanding means that we can guide you and your family throughout the probate process and assist you in obtaining probate efficiently and cost effectively. We are here to ensure that the responsibility and stress of applying for probate and administering an estate is reduced as much as possible.
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