We understand that if a loved one has died, the thought of dealing with their financial affairs and estate can be an upsetting, and daunting prospect.

At what it is a difficult and emotional time, we believe it’s our job to not only ensure that the estate is processed correctly and efficiently, but that it is as stress-free as possible for you and your family.

Our expert probate lawyers have many years’ experience in dealing with estates of various complexities in a sensitive way, and can guide you through the process.

Supporting you through the process

The probate process can be complex.  Having expert and impartial support in administering an estate provides reassurance and protection to both Beneficiaries and Personal Representatives.

Our services cover the entire process of administering and dealing with a person’s estate, including applying for a Grant of Probate or, if there is no Will, a Grant of Letters of Administration. This ensures that the estate is properly reported for Inheritance Tax purposes and, if necessary, Income Tax and Capital Gains tax purposes and that the appropriate exemptions and reliefs are claimed.

Detailed Estate Accounts will also be prepared to provide clear and accurate information to both Beneficiaries and Personal Representatives before the final distributions are made.

We are able to help if you have been appointed as an Executor in the Will of an estate of someone who has died, or are entitled to act as a Personal Representative, where there is no Will.  The role of an Executor or Personal Representative carries a high level of responsibility and risk and our role is to protect you by ensuring that you are aware of your duties and obligations and are able to fulfil these.

In some situations, our lawyers are appointed as Executors of an estate themselves, which can be extremely beneficial as we are well-placed to provide a sensitive and independent view of any issues or complexities that may surround the estate.

Next steps

If you have any questions about administrating an estate, or want to understand how we can help make the process as quick and smooth as possible, please do contact us for an informal discussion.

For further information, please refer to our estate administration practical guide which provides an overview of the entire process from start to finish. It also contains a glossary of helpful definitions to help you understand the language of administrating an estate – for example, the roles of an Executor and Beneficiaries and what is meant by ‘grant of administration’.

For more information on our Estate Administration services, or to speak to us about your personal circumstances, please contact us.

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