Wills and Probate FAQs

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Does every estate have to go through probate?

Not every estate has to go through probate. For example, joint-owned property and assets are often inherited by the deceased person’s civil partner or spouse without the need for probate.

The decision of whether or not to apply for probate will also be based on the size and complexity of the estate. If the estate is small and there are no disputes among beneficiaries, it may not be necessary to go through probate.

In some cases, it may be possible to avoid probate altogether by using other methods of transferring assets, such as a trust. Trusts can be used to manage both financial and physical assets, and can be an effective way to avoid probate.

If you are unsure whether or not probate is necessary in your case, it is best to speak with a solicitor who specializes in wills and probate. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation.

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