Whenever someone dies the circumstances are unique to them so it can be very difficult for those left behind to know what to do. We offer professional Probate services to our clients.
If there’s a valid Will in existence then the Executors named in the Will are appointed to deal with the estate – although establishing the existence and whereabouts of a valid Will may be an initial challenge.
If there’s no valid Will in existence then the Rules of Intestacy determine who can be appointed as the Administrators of the estate and how the estate is to be distributed.
Being an Executor or an Administrator can be a technically and emotionally challenging role. Executors and Administrators are personally liable for administering the estate correctly, so getting good professional advice may be a sensible step to protect against that personal liability.
The more complex an estate, perhaps involving business interests, property holdings, investments, foreign assets and questions of residence and domicile, the more specialist the advice required.
Even after someone’s death, the decisions Executors or Administrators make can have a dramatic impact on the tax payable on the estate so getting the right advice at this time might make a huge difference to the beneficiaries.
Every Executor or Administrator can instruct a Solicitor of their choice to assist them with the estate administration and the legal fees are settled by the deceased’s estate. We’re always happy to give guidance by telephone or meet up to discuss how we can help, what options are available and what your next steps should be.
We’ve a great deal of experience assisting clients during these challenging times; advising on the administration of estates both straightforward and complex, with the highest levels of care and discretion.