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Introduction to Probate Services at Marshall Wills and Trusts

Understanding the Role of an Executor

While many consider appointing a relative or a friend as an executor of their estate, it's crucial to understand that the role of an executor is more a responsibility than an honour. It involves intricate, time-consuming tasks that can carry legal liabilities. Executors are personally responsible for the payment of all taxes and may face personal liability or penalties for any errors. They also hold liability towards the beneficiaries for any mistakes that could lead to financial compensation claims.

Executors often manage the estate over extended periods, which can strain relationships with beneficiaries. Their duties include the care of minor children and pets, securing insurance for the deceased’s assets, and managing complex financial affairs.

The Advantage of a Professional Executor

Choosing a professional executor is advisable, especially in complex scenarios such as:

  • Estates with diverse assets like bank accounts, shares, bonds, and investments.

  • Situations involving significant liabilities, including mortgages, loans, or credit card debts.

  • Circumstances where real estate needs to be sold or transferred.

  • High-value estates or those involving business interests or partnerships.

  • Agricultural properties, family trusts, or substantial gifts to minors.

  • Potential claims under the Provision for Family and Dependants Act 1975 by individuals contesting the will or intestacy rules.

  • Cases with poorly drafted wills or where beneficiaries are difficult to locate.

Why Choose Marshall Wills and Trusts for Probate?

At Marshall Wills and Trusts, we specialise in providing expert probate services to ensure that your estate is managed efficiently and with the utmost professionalism. Our team is equipped to handle complex estates and sensitive family dynamics, ensuring that all legal and financial obligations are met.

Get in Touch for Probate Support

If you need assistance with probate or have questions about appointing a professional executor, please contact Marshall Wills and Trusts. We’re here to provide the guidance and support you need during these challenging times.

"Ensure your estate is in capable hands with Marshall Wills and Trusts’ professional probate services. Contact us today to safeguard your legacy and protect your loved ones."