Legal matters and obtaining probate
If the person you cared for has died you will need to know whether they left a valid Will, and how to handle the complicated process of Probate and dealing with their possessions and property.
A Will may be found amongst a person personal papers or possessions it does not always need to be deposited with a bank or solicitor for safe keeping. A Will is not necessarily a ‘legal looking’ document; you should not destroy any written instructions left by the deceased, as they may in fact be the person’s Will. A Will needs to be drawn up in accordance with strict rules so you may need to seek legal advice to confirm that the document you have is a valid Will.
Form PR48 available free from the C.A.B. explains how the Executor named in a Will can apply for the special legal document he or she needs to deal with the money, property and possessions left by the person who has died. It also explains who else can apply if there is no Will or if the named Executor is unable to apply. For further information contact:
• Your solicitor
• Bournemouth & District Law Society – tel: 01202 587551
• Citizens Advice Bureau
Help & Care factsheet "Legal Matters including Power of Attorney", contains information about making a Will. Download a copy from this website or contact 0300 111 3303 to ask for a copy to be mailed to you.
Further information can also be obtained from the following sources:
• Probate and Inheritance Tax Helpline: 0845 30 20 900. Helpline open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm except bank holidays.
• Probate Service website: www.theprobateservice.gov.uk.