Probate & Deceased Estates

ShottersLawyers are highly experienced in assisting executors manage deceased estates.We help our clients by:

  • ascertaining and establishing of the value of a deceased person’s assets and liabilities
  • obtaining Probate of a will where required, or where there is no will, Letters of Administration
  • paying a deceased person’s debts, tax, and funeral expenses
  • distributing the assets according to the terms of the deceased person’s will.

Probate is a Court sealed document which provides proof of the deceased’s will and legally vests the deceased’s assets in the executor and enables them to distribute the assets in accordance with the will.  Probate is always necessary if the deceased owned real estate at the time of death except if it is owned as a joint tenant.  The need for Probate also depends on how the deceased’s assets are held.  Probate offers protection to the executor when dealing with a deceased person’s assets.

If you are not sure, we can help you determine if there is a need for Probate and guide you through carrying out your duties as an executor or administrator.