MoneySavingExpert - Guide to probate
Posted on 29 June, 2020
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Amy Roberts reports for MoneySavingExpert.com "It's a morbid topic, but when someone dies, you may be in charge of sorting out their property, money and other possessions in a process known as 'probate'. For all but the most complicated cases you can do it yourself – potentially saving £1,000s." To find out how you could manage the probate yourself and save some money, please click on the following link: www.moneysavingexpert.com/family/guide-to-probate/.
Amy adds that "provided there are no complications, it usually takes between four and eight weeks to get a grant of probate after you've submitted the application."
Many insurers won’t cover a property left unoccupied for 30 days or more, so many people are turning to homesitters to keep a property secure.
A homesitter would stay in the property to ensure it looks occupied and doesn’t become a target for burglars.
Unfortunately burglars are keen readers of obituaries and death notices, making homes left unoccupied vulnerable to theft. Properties are also at risk from damp and potential weather related issues, such as flooding and burst pipes.
Police and insurers therefore often recommend that someone moves into a deceased’s home before the funeral takes place and stays whilst probate is granted.
Employing a homesitter can be a good solution if there is no family member available to do this and probate sits are a growing part of our business. We are used to moving fast to protect high-risk properties and can provide live-in homesitters to protect against burglary and damage, as well as care for possessions and any pets.
This means the home is still protected by insurance, and it also gives people time to remove valuable items or do up the home for sale once probate is granted. At what is often a very stressful time for families, having the property looked after by a professional can be hugely reassuring.
Homesitters Ltd has an extensive network of homesitters throughout the UK that are available to do long and short sits, including probate sits. The company is endorsed by several insurance companies and is often recommended to clients going through probate.
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