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Probate: Moving on with the legal process as you move forward with bereavement

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year, the focus is ‘Movement ‘and specifically ‘moving more for our mental health’.

The definition you will find for the term ‘movement’, is largely dependent on the context in which it is used, however, broadly speaking; movement is a process, substantiated by a form of change, that generates an outcome that we may or may not always be able to anticipate.

There are times when movement in our lives can be exciting and refreshing but there are also times when movement can be a daunting thing. It can involve stepping out from a place of comfort and stepping into unknown territory, leaving behind a place and people of which we are fond and familiar.  One such occasion when we can experience a daunting movement in our lives is when we experience a bereavement and the loss of a loved one, family member, or a friend.

Bereavement is a personal experience that affects everyone differently and this can be complex and unpredictable. As time passes, you may feel a pressure or expectation to ‘move on’ from your grief, whether this is something you feel is coming from others or even yourself. There is no time limit as to how long the process will last, nor is there supposed to be a certain point where we should have ‘moved on’ from grieving, having reach a point where we can expect to have completed the process. The truth is, we don’t move on from our Grief, rather we move forward with it.

The idea of moving forward in the grieving process, and angst that comes with this, can be exacerbated further when taking on a role in administering and dealing with the estate of a loved one. Dealing with the estate of a loved one as an executor or trustee can be an over-whelming and time-consuming task which carries a lot of responsibility, particularly when it is necessary to apply for Probate to settle the particulars of a person’s estate.

A Grant of Probate, or Letters of Administration where there is no Will, is a Court Order that formalises an executor/administrator’s authority to deal with an estate. It is not always required; it depends on the nature and value of the assets in the estate. Even where a Grant of Probate is not required, however, many steps need to be taken to administer a deceased person’s estate.

This is where we can help. If you are an executor or administrator of an estate, you can instruct us to act on your behalf. We can be as heavily involved as you would like, dealing with all or just some of the necessary paperwork and compliance that comes with the administration of an estate. With a team of dedicated specialist solicitors, we will work alongside you and help you move forward with the administration of the estate, at a pace that is right for you, as and when you are ready. Allowing you to take the necessary time to focus on personal matters and mental health.

If we can help you, your family and or loved ones, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0191 2328451 to arrange your no-obligation appointment.

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