Do I need a Solicitor when somebody dies?

You may find yourself appointed as an Executor within a Will, or may have a friend or relative who has died Intestate (i.e. without a Will). Administering an estate can be a complex process at a difficult time.

If you make a Will then it is usual that provision is made for the appointment of an Executor(s) who are, upon your death, responsible for dealing with your estate. This will involve applying for a “Grant of Confirmation” to the Sheriff Court which gives the Executor(s) the legal power to administer your estate. Thereafter, your Executor(s) will pay all taxes due on your estate (e.g. Inheritance Tax) plus any other debts as well as ingathering all assets such as bank accounts, stocks and shares, surrendering life policies and selling any house or other property that you owned. Once all such assets have been ingathered by your Executor(s), they will then distribute to the beneficiaries of your estate as per your Will.

If you have not made a Will and you die “Intestate”, Executors will still need to be appointed to administer your estate. Such Executors are appointed in accordance with Intestacy Laws for which you should seek advice as to whom the relevant person(s) are to do this.  We can act on your behalf and make an appropriate application to the relevant Sheriff Court for you to be appointed as an Executor.  In this scenario, before being able to apply for a "Grant of Confirmation" you will need to apply for an insurance policy known as a "Bond of Caution".  We can assist you in all these matters at a difficult time.



We Are Open - Covid-19 Update

Our office is open and we are taking on new clients. 

We are available to help you by telephone, email and video call including Whatsapp.  We are also able to offer face to face appointments, where that is your preference, and precautionary measures such as facemasks and the use of hand sanitiser are recommended.

If you have a new enquiry then please e-mail or telephone us on 01463 239011 and we will be happy to discuss your matter and see how we can help you. 

If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to call our office on 01463 239011 or e-mail us at info@greyandcosolicitors.co.uk.  In general, it is back to business.

Legal Problems?

Let Us Help You.  Call 01463 239011 or e-mail your enquiry here

Grey and Co. handled my divorce in a very friendly and efficient manner. The whole process was completed with the minimum amount of stress and fuss which was very welcome given the circumstances. Everyone I encountered in the team was professional and accommodating. It’s not always easy to schedule appointments when working full time and have children, but the reception staff always found times that worked for me. Andrew explained the processes very thoroughly so that I was always in a position where I understood what was happening, what was going to happen next and how long things would take. I would have no hesitation in both using Grey and Co. again for legal matters and recommending them to others.
Client B
Our Location
Office Location
1st Floor, 46 Church St Inverness IV1 1EH | Tel: 01463 239011 | Fax 01463 239055 | DX: IN14 INVERNESS | info@greyandcosolicitors.co.uk
site by plexus media.