Assent of Property
Your Assent of property solicitors in Cornwall and Devon
When a loved one has passed away, you may need to arrange an Assent to transfer their property to its new owner.
Handling the estate of a family member is usually a very sad and stressful experience. It also involves a complex legal process. Working with our Wills and Probate lawyers, our specialist conveyancing team will ensure you are supported every step of the way.
What is an Assent of property?
An Assent sometimes takes place after someone has died and left directions in their Will that their property should be inherited by a particular person. This may be the co-owner of the property, often the deceased’s spouse or partner, or it could have been left to the next generation. A property Assent means transferring the ownership of the property to the new owner.
Getting the right property Assent advice
If you are an Executor of an estate, you have many responsibilities. One of these could be managing or selling off the deceased’s home, so you may need to oversee an Assent of property. You will need a specialist lawyer to ensure you get the best advice and everything is handled in exactly the right way.
Our award-winning conveyancing team and renowned Wills and Probate lawyers will work together to ensure you get the right Assent of property advice, helping the whole process to go smoothly.
Our specialist lawyers will check the title and provide a report on the property. We can also offer additional advice, including carrying out searches. This means we can give you important information on easements and covenants, which tell you about any restrictions or obligations you might have as new owner of the property, such as boundaries or rights of way.
Assents often throw up unusual and unique problems particularly where a property has been in one ownership for a period of time. When someone dies, their knowledge about their home is also lost. We can help piece together as much information as possible so the new owner can make the best of the property.
To ensure that you do not encounter any problems we recommend investigating the property title early on. There are cases of people inheriting property and then discovering there is a neighbourhood dispute, or physical defects in the property, or other matters which affect its value, and potentially the amount of inheritance tax that is payable. These problems can be costly and stressful but our specialist lawyers can guide you through them, helping things go as smoothly as possible.