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Probate Made Simple

Probate Made Simple

What is Probate? Do I Need It?

Probate carried out efficiently is a promise kept to a loved one.

John Griffin

Probate Timeline

Probate Made Simple

At Griffin Solicitors we break down the Probate process into smaller parts, set time limits for each part and work from appointment to appointment in order to ensure that Probate is completed as soon as possible.

Probate involves proving the deceased’s will, identifying and collating their assets, submitting returns to the Revenue Commissioners, collecting and distributing these assets to the beneficiaries, and producing estate accounts.

Obtaining a Grant of Probate involves the following steps:

  1. Locating the will and identifying the executors.
  2. Identifying all the assets and debts in the estate. This can be a difficult task when the deceased invested in many areas or invested online with passwords and not paper left a paper trail.
  3. Filling out a return to Revenue, preparing an Oath for the executor(s) and lodging these documents with the Probate Office
  4. Dealing with any query raised by the Probate Office.
  5. Issuing the Grant of Probate from the Probate Office.
  6. Gathering in the assets of the deceased, including selling property where required.
  7. Obtaining written confirmation from the Department of Social Welfare and HSE that they do not have any claim over the estate for non contributory old age payment or under the Fair Deal scheme.
  8. Dealing with taxation issues of non-resident beneficiaries.
  9. Preparation and finalisation of estate accounts.
  10. Distributing the assets of the estate.
  11. Payment of inheritance tax by beneficiaries.

As this is a sequential process a delay at any one step may distrupt the timeline of the whole process.  To find out more about the probate process click here.

Read more about real life inheritance stories here.

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John Griffin

John Griffin

Principal Solicitor

Gerard K.
Gerard K.
14:05 26 May 22
John and his team are an absolute pleasure to deal with - from the moment you walk in you are made feel welcome and at... ease. John helped guide me through probate after the death of my wife and made everything from start to finish totally seamless. I have also used Griffin Solicitors for some other services (affidavit for daughters passport, wills etc). Always looked after and always so professional. I would not hesitate to recommend them to family and friends who may need their professional services.read more
Jamie M.
Jamie M.
14:40 23 Mar 22
I phoned Griffin Solictors with a probate query and the solicitor that I spoke to was unbelievably polite, helpful and... efficient. Would definitely recommend these guys. Thanks a million for your advice John. All the best. Jamie Moonen.read more
Sandra M.
Sandra M.
16:39 16 Mar 22
John and his team were acting on behalf of my late mother and I was one of her powers of attorney.Wills, trust and... probate can be a very difficult matrix to comprehend and John at all times gave me full and informed guidance. All paperwork was accompanied with easy explanations in layman’s language.Katarina ensured my many phone calls to the office was never a problem. Jacinta and Louise’s advice on Revenue, inheritance and capital gains tax was invaluable to my family and me.Thank you sincerely o the whole team for guiding us through the whole process and I will definitely ask John to represent me again for any future legal dealings.Peter MacManusread more
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