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Probate and Estate Administration

When someone dies leaving money or property, there’s often a lot of work involved to settle their affairs. It can all be a bit overwhelming, especially when you are grieving - There's no need to wait until after the funeral to make the initial contact, and there may be advice or reassurance we can give you early on.

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What is Probate?

Probate is the process of proving who has authority to deal with an estate. An estate is a mixture of land, bank accounts and personal possessions owned by the deceased. Probate is the term for the authority granted by the Court when there is a Will appointing executors to handle the administration of an estate.

Where there is no Will, the process is the same as when the deceased died leaving a Will however the terminology is different and the people who handle the estate are known as Administrators. There is a list prescribed by law detailing who can act as an administrator in the event there is no Will.

If someone dies without leaving a Will they are said to have died intestate. To prove that they have the authority to deal with the administration of the estate the administrators will ask the Court to grant them what is known as Letters of Administration. The difference in terminology is that if you are appointed by Will you are known as Executors and if there is no Will you are known as Administrators. The role is that of a Personal Representative.

Not everyone requires a Grant of Representation or ‘probate’ To find out if you need a Grant of Probate please contact us on 020 8771 5254 and speak to a member of the private client team.

Leave it all to us

We can help you with all of this, whether we have been appointed as executors or not, and whether or not we drew up the will. Call us on 020 8771 5254 to arrange a call with our probate and estate administration team.

We can help you by:

  • Advising and explaining the terms of the will
  • If there is no will we can advise on who will be entitled to inherit the estate
  • Applying for Probate, Grant of Probate – Obtaining a grant of representation from the Probate Registry. This is the official authorisation for executors or administrators to deal with the estate
  • Identifying and valuing assets in the estate
  • Preparing a tax return for HM Revenue & Customs
  • Paying any taxes due
  • Preparing accounts to show what the estate consists of and how it is to be divided up
  • Distributing property and money to the beneficiaries

We can also advise whether any tax can be saved by an agreement to alter the way the estate is divided up – click here for more about inheritance tax.

We will tell you what has to be done to administer the estate, and how long it is likely to take. Moreover, we will keep you fully informed of progress towards the final distribution of the assets.

You will be given an estimate of our fees and other expenses before we start work, and if additional costs may have to be incurred we will always advise you first.

About our Private Client team

The Private Client team at Amphlett Lissimore have in-depth specialist knowledge in probate and estate administration and can help guide and support you through the process. Our friendly solicitors will put you at ease, explaining everything clearly without legal jargon. The Wills and Probate team include an accredited Lifetime Lawyer (formerly known as Solicitors for the Elderly) and a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Our Private Client lawyers are based in Crystal Palace, Bromley, London Bridge, and West Wickham, and we offer face-to-face meetings, telephone and video call appointments.

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If you would like to discuss our wills and probate services or book an appointment with us, please get in touch, or request a callback.

What our clients say

Attorney McEwen and assistants have been extremely helpful and patient with the handling of a probate matter for my mother who is 88 years old and myself despite the fact that we both now reside in Grenada, West Indies. All of her advice and recommendations helped to lessen the stress and... Read more

Lester

An excellent and very professional service given from begining to end.Thoroughly competent lawyer who understood very quickly my requirements and from which wrote excellent legal work. I felt continually supported through the process which was very important for me living in Germany and unable to travel due to Covid 19... Read more

Paul

I found Akilah and especially her probate assistant, Shelagh, very helpful throughout the whole process. Both were friendly, approachable and professional. Despite the difficulties and additional problems that were thrown up by the pandemic scenario, together with the frustration of third party issues beyond their control, any questions I had... Read more

Christian

I was very happy with Adele McCabe I was kept informed of what was going on with the process of of my friend Angela estate. Adele is highly recommended and very helpful with any questions that I wanted to know. I can't thank her enough for the work she has... Read more

Jackie

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