Laith Khatib, private client specialist solicitor at Howells Solicitors, was recently invited by the editor of the London Gazette to write an article for the first official public record and the newspaper of the Crown.
In the article, entitled ‘DIY Probate: The Dos and Don’t’s, Laith explains the potential pitfalls of do-it-yourself probate are and what anyone considering DIY probate should know before they commit to this important duty.
Some of the aspects that Laith said should be considered included:
• The deceased’s financial affairs
• The length of time before the estate should be distributed
• Whether to distribute the estate if it may be contested
• Whether to carry out bankruptcy searches
• What to do about probate if there is no will
The article provides Laith’s expert insight and guidance for people choosing to undertake the assignment themselves rather than employ the services of a professional. Throughout his legal career, Laith has specialised in this specific area of law with particular emphasis on litigation in these areas.
Laith is a member of the Law Society, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly as well as being a Trustee of Age Concern Morgannwg and a MENCAP recommended expert for wills and trusts.
The article can be read in full here and should you require any additional information please contact Laith at our Cardiff office on 02920 404034 or by email Laith.firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Tristan Lewis