The death of a loved one is a difficult time, and the legalities of distributing the Deceased’s estate can be overwhelming. When somebody dies, then you may need to take out representation to their Estate for the purpose of transferring property and assets to those who are entitled. In this situation, it is advisable to speak to a probate solicitor who can guide you.
Administering an Estate in Ireland
What is an estate?
An “estate” is everything a person owned when they died. This does not include ‘joint property’, e.g. if two spouses own a property in their joint names and one spouse dies, that property automatically passes to the surviving spouse outside of the will. The same is true with joint bank accounts or Life Assurance policies that are nominated in favour of someone. If you have any questions about this please contact one of our solicitors.
How is an estate dealt with under Irish law?
After all debts (e.g. mortgages, loans etc), expenses (e.g. funeral costs) and taxes are paid the estate is distributed as directed in the Will or under the rules set out in law if there is no Will.
The person responsible for the Deceased’s affairs is called the personal representative.