Probate and administration of estates

In the event of the death of a family member we can assist with the administration of the estate.

The procedures differ between the person that dies leaving a Will and the person who dies 'intestate' (ie without a Will). Where there is a Will, it is the role of the Executor to make an application for a Grant of Probate. Where there is no Will the Administrator will apply for Letters of Administration.

The Grant or Letters of Administration gives the Executor or Administrator the authority to collect in all the assets, pay off any debts, minimise tax liability wherever possible and distribute the assets.

This can be a daunting task and at times can be complicated, particularly as an Executor or Administrator has an obligation to act with 'due diligence' and is potentially liable for any losses that arise from the wrongful use of the deceased's property. We are able to help you throughout the whole service with practical advise and assistance in plain English.

The broad range of areas where a solicitor can help are:

  • Valuing the estate
  • Completing Inland Revenue tax returns
  • Dealing with Inheritance Tax issues
  • Obtaining the Grant / Letters of Administration
  • Collection and distribution of assets to beneficiaries
  • Dealing with Income Tax and Capital Gains issues from a beneficiary's perspective
  • Payment of debts
  • House clearances and insurance of assets
  • Sales and transfers of land
  • Variation of the terms of a Will (subject to beneficiary agreement)
  • Production of estate accounts

For more information please contact Fiona Mainwaring on 01952 525927 or via email.


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