When someone dies and they have a Will, in most cases the Executor will need to apply for a Grant of Probate to be able to distribute the assets of the deceased in accordance with their wishes. When a person dies without a Will, an administrator is appointed and they will need to apply for Letters of Administration to undertake their duties.
If you are the Executor of a Will, you need to carry out the intentions of the deceased person according to their Will.
In most cases, you need to obtain a Grant of Probate from the Supreme Court. This is, principally, a "licence" to you, as Executor, to deal with the assets in the estate.
There are generally three areas in which you can contest or challenge a Will.
Each of these claims will depend on all of the circumstances and the evidence that can be used to support the claim. We can provide you with advice as to whether you have a viable claim.
A Will deals with the appointment of the person(s) who you wish to manage your estate (your Executor) and how you wish for your estate to be divided in the event of death. Even if think you don’t need a Will or if the topic is something you prefer to avoid, the preparation of a Will is an important step that can save your family a lot of stress, hassle, disagreement and even money.