Dealing with a loved one’s estate following their death is a difficult and painful experience. We understand that you have to balance the sometimes overwhelming loss of a loved one with the need to make important arrangements and decisions. We have extensive experience in this area and can advise on many complex questions that may arise when dealing with a loved one’s estate.
Whatever the size of the estate, whatever type of assets form part of the estate and whether the deceased died intestate (without a Will) or has a Will or Trust(s) that need to be administered we can help.
What is Estate Administration?
In brief, estate administration is the process of collecting in all of the deceased’s assets such as money, property, shares, then settling all liabilities such as funeral and estate expenses, debts and any liabilities before distributing to the beneficiaries. Distribution is carried out either in accordance with the deceased’s Will or the Intestacy Rules, if no valid exists
Our work usually, but not exclusively covers:
- Registering the death and arranging the funeral (if required)
- Advising on the provisions of a Will or the Intestacy Rules
- Applying for Grants of Probate
- Applying for Letters of Administration
- Establishing who is entitled as a beneficiary of the estate
- Locating missing beneficiaries
- Dealing with any outstanding debts or liabilities of the deceased
- Preparing and filing the necessary tax returns with HM Revenue & Customs
- Distributing the estate and accounting to each beneficiary
- Agricultural and Business Property Relief
- Mitigating Inheritance Tax
- Trusts on death
- Deeds of Variation
Involved in administering a loved one’s estate?
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In order to help the public make an informed choice on the appropriate firm of solicitors to undertake estate administration, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) requires all solicitors’ firms who carry out uncontested probate work to set out details of the fees they would charge.
For all matters, including uncontested probate work, we operate a transparent cost structure and will agree the scope of any work to be undertaken and our applicable hourly rates with our clients prior to any commitment. Please click on the link at the bottom of this page for details of our SRA transparency and fees.
Who will deal with my matter?
Sharon Witcombe is a Consultant Solicitor at Avon & Somerset Family Law and she will be responsible for dealing with your matter. Sharon has over sixteen years post qualification experience in delivering high quality work in all matters relating to wills and estate administration. She has specialised in this area since she qualified and has helped over one thousand families and individuals.
Sharon advises on all aspects of probate and estate law and has experience in dealing with both simple and complex estates including high value estates and estates with assets overseas.
For a quotation please contact Sharon Witcombe on 01934 533130/07477 612366 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org