If a loved one has passed away, you may be wondering how long it might take to wind up the estate. However, there is no simple answer to this question. The length of time it might take to wind up an estate will depend on many factors, but you can expect the process to take at least six months.
A crucial part of the estate planning process is choosing your executor and, for many, this will typically be a loved one such as your spouse or children. However, this raises the question as to whether they can also be named as a beneficiary or if this could cause them to be disinherited from your Will.
When advising on and drafting a Will, a Solicitor must ensure that the Testator (the person making the Will) has full capacity to make the decisions featured in the document. Failure to do so can leave the Will open to challenge by disgruntled beneficiaries or those who believed they should have benefited from the Will.