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Probate is the approval by the Court of the validity of the will of the deceased.  Letters of Administration are obtained when the deceased has not made a will prior to death.  Our probate solicitors can assist and advise on obtaining the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration when a loved one dies.

We can also assist with the Administration of the Estate of the deceased including the sale of a house owned by the deceased and also deal with the payment of debts due from the estate, collecting in of assets and valuation of them, payment of Inheritance Tax and then the distribution of the Estate.

What is contentious probate?

Also known as a disputed will, contentious probate matters deal with any disputes relating to the administration of a deceased person’s estate. It’s not uncommon for problems to arise in these types of situations and our solicitors are well-experienced in this area.

We can work together to help you contest probate, covering issues such as the interpretation of the will, the value of the estate and any disagreements between parties involved.

What is a Grant of Probate?

The Grant of Probate is a legal document which gives someone the legal right to manage the estate of a loved one. In some cases, this is not necessary, for example if the estate is worth less than £10,000 or if the estate is jointly owned with someone else.

What are Letters of Administration?

A Letter of Administration informs the Courts who has legal authority to deal with a deceased person’s estate. Someone can be granted a Letter by filing important documentation with the Court, this is something a probate solicitor can help with.

What is the administration of the estate?

The administration of the estate involves dealing with a person’s financial affairs and any requests that they made before they died. Part of this involves paying outstanding debts and tax payments and distributing the estate.

If you require support in probate or contentious probate, our Estate Planning solicitors can help, you can call us on: Newcastle: 0345 900 5401 Sunderland: 0191 568 2050 or email us at:

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