Probate\Letters of Administration

A “Grant of Representation” gives authority to deal with the financial affairs of someone who has died. There are different types of Grant of Representation:

  • Probate: if there is a Will appointing executors, those executors can apply for a “Grant of Probate”; the executors then put the Will into effect.
  • Letters of Administration with Will Annexed: if there is a Will but none of the executors are willing or able to act, an application can be made for a “Grant of Letters of Administration with Will Annexed”. The Administrators are appointed by the Probate Registry and put the terms of the Will into effect.
  • Letters of Administration: if there is no Will, an application can be made for a “Grant of Letters of Administration”. The Administrators are appointed by the Probate Registry and will distribute the assets according to rules which apply when someone dies “intestate” (i.e. without a Will).

Inheritance tax may be payable and we can assist in dealing with HMRC to ensure that the right amount is paid and that all appropriate exemptions and reliefs
are claimed.

Income tax and capital gains tax may also apply to estates.

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a difficult and stressful time and this is recognised by our experienced and sensitive Private Client Team.

We can provide guidance through the administration, from beginning to end, or just assist the Executors with specific aspects of the administration with which they need help.

Every estate is different. Costs will usually depend on the amount of time spent on the matter and we provide costs estimates from the outset of the matter : please contact us for details.

For further information on our fees and services please click on the links below

Probate Charging & Timescale    Probate Fees     Third Party Fees      Whats Included      Possible Extra Costs

 

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Nicholas Sewell

Partner

Head of Wills and Estates

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David Neve

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Wills & Estates

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Janet Strong

Associate Solicitor

Wills & Estates

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Christina Cox

Chartered Legal Executive

Wills & Estates

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