Probate and Estate Administration

We understand how upsetting it can be for close relatives to deal with matters when someone they love has died. We are here to help you by offering expertise and a friendly and efficient service at these difficult times in administering the estate of the person who has died, a process which can seem confusing and complex.

The estate is all of the property, money and possessions owned by the person who has died at their death. The deceased may have owned a property that needs to be sold and have business assets or complex asset structures that require valuation. There may also be debts and liabilities that need to be dealt with and Inheritance Tax to be considered.

We offer a reassuring service at each stage of the estate administration from obtaining the Grant of Representation and collecting in assets of the estate to payment of debts and liabilities and distributing the estate to the beneficiaries named in the Will.

We are able to advise on Deeds of Variation to vary a beneficiary's entitlement under a Will or in circumstances where the variation of intestacy may afford significant Inheritance Tax savings now and in the future.

We are able to give you an estimate of the time it will take to administer the estate and of our legal fees involved, keeping you fully informed throughout the process.

Probate

In connection with administering an estate, we are able to help you obtain a Grant of Probate. Probate refers to the process of 'proving' the Will and the title of the executors to allow them to deal with the estate of the deceased.

Obtaining a Grant of Probate involves compiling a tax declaration for HM Revenue and Customs and applying to the court. This process may seem daunting but we are able to provide a clear and reassuring service by assisting you, as Executors, in compiling the asset information and preparing the application.

If there is no Will or there is no Executor to the Will, we can assist you in applying for Letters of Administration.

We are able to give you an estimate of the time it will take to apply for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration and of our legal fees involved, keeping you fully informed throughout the process.