As a loving and responsible executor, you want to ensure that your loved one’s estate is handled with care and attention to detail. While it may be tempting to handle the administration process yourself to save money on probate specialists, recent news stories and legal cases have shown that enlisting the help of a professional may be a good idea.

One of the key reasons to consider a probate specialist is the protection they offer from financial risk. As an executor, you are accountable to the beneficiaries of the estate and can be personally liable for any mistakes or oversights. This can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you are unfamiliar with the legal system and financial institutions involved in the process. In fact, recent legal cases have highlighted the risks of handling probate without professional guidance. In one case, an executor was found liable for over £340,000 in unpaid inheritance tax due to a mistake in the estate valuation. By working with a probate specialist, you can rest assured that your loved one’s estate is in safe hands, and financial risks are minimised.

Another reason to consider a probate specialist is their expertise and access to resources. Administering an estate can be a time-consuming and complex process, particularly for those who are new to the role. A probate specialist works on these cases daily and has access to a range of resources and tools to ensure that the process is carried out efficiently. A specialist can save you significant time and effort, allowing you to focus on grieving and supporting your family during this difficult time. In addition, a specialist can help ensure that all necessary documents are filed correctly and on time, avoiding any potential legal issues or penalties. Recent news stories have highlighted the importance of this – in one case, a woman was left unable to access her mother’s bank account for almost a year due to errors in the estate administration process.

Handling the estate administration process yourself can also be a burden, particularly if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It can be challenging to balance the emotional impact of the situation with the practicalities of handling the estate. A probate specialist can help alleviate this burden, providing professional support and guidance throughout the process. They can help manage beneficiaries’ expectations and provide clear communication and updates on progress, ensuring that everyone involved feels informed and supported. This is particularly important in cases where the estate is complex or disputes arise between beneficiaries. In one recent case, a family was left in turmoil after a dispute over a £10,000 inheritance led to a lengthy legal battle. By working with a probate specialist, you can help ensure that the process runs well with minimised stress.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the costs of working with a probate specialist are often more manageable than you might think. While it’s true that fees for administering an estate can be significant, they are typically payable out of the estate rather than by the executor personally. In addition, recent news stories have shown that the costs of handling probate yourself can quickly add up if mistakes are made. In one case, an executor faced legal costs of over £250,000 due to errors in the estate administration process.

In conclusion, while it may be tempting to handle the estate administration process yourself to save money on probate specialists, news stories and legal cases support the argument that enlisting professional help may be the wiser choice.

By working with a probate administration specialist like Laurelo, you can ensure that the process is carried out with care and attention to detail, and any financial risks or burdens are minimised. This can provide valuable peace of mind during a challenging and emotional time. Top of Form

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Patrick and Phillipa Vickery (Executor)

"When you lose a parent it’s an emotionally challenging time. Finding people to genuinely help with the mountain of subsequent issues is not easy. We dealt with Laurelo who took care of our Probate. Communicative and easy to talk to, Laurelo took away a bunch of stress and handled a complex estate excellently. I have no doubt that his experience has saved my family a significant tax burden."

C Hardman (Executor)

"Well informed, helpful and efficient throughout the whole probate journey. I was particularly impressed by the speed of response when I had questions"

V Garner (Executor)

"Thank you for dealing with the probate so efficiently. I would not hesitate to recommend your services in the future."

J Jackson (Executor)

"It has been my absolute pleasure to have met Michael and for him to act on my behalf, a wonderful, professional,  caring person whose services I would recommend to anyone."

Peter Nash/Paula Cranmer (Executors)

"I would recommend Laurelo to anyone who needs good and sensible advice about the probate process at a very reasonable price."

A Wilson (Executor)

"I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Laurelo in what, at the outset felt like a daunting task, but in reality once explained to us and the burden of completing the forms taken away and completed by a professional the process was seamless."

Lorri Turner Senior Manager (Herongate Wood)

“I have always found Michael at Laurelo to be engaging, honest and supportive of the customers needs. The offer of a home visit to see clients within their own familiar surroundings further supports this. I have no difficulty in recommending their services."

G Perrett Will Protect Ltd & Executor

“Michael's professionalism and knowledge of every aspect of probate is only matched by his sensitivity and patience. He instinctively knows what to say and when to say it and I am so grateful to him for helping me navigate the most difficult period of my life so far safe in the knowledge that I could simply "park" this part of the process and leave it with him to "sort out"."

K Whittle (Executor)

“They provided a professional and emphatic approach and took all the stress away from dealing with probate. Filing the forms very promptly and the whole process was dealt with in just over a month. I would highly recommend and I again thank them for their help."

Mr. A Browne (Executor)

The pricing point is good and in line with a few others, we found however for the service we received I do not think we could have put a price on it.

We would wholeheartedly recommend Michael and his team."

John F Smith (Executor)

“I was most satisfied with the service he provided, and his gentle and considerate manner was most comforting at a difficult time in my life."

Robert Evans (Executor)

“I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to Michael for the way in which he managed the probate arrangements at what was a very difficult time for myself and the family. Whilst always professional and efficient he was very sensitive and supportive - explaining things clearly and making the whole process (which was totally new to us) that much more straightforward. It took a load off our minds and he progressed things really quickly Thank you"

Here at Laurelo, we're committed to our clients and their path to probate

Here at Laurelo, we're committed to our clients and their path to probate