Administration of Estates

Our Personal Legal Services solicitors advise upon and undertake all stages of the administration of a deceased person’s estate.

How we can help

The death of a loved one is traumatic and dealing with their estate can be very difficult, both practically and emotionally. Our Personal Legal Services lawyers offer a compassionate, efficient, professional and friendly service to assist you with all aspects of the administration of an estate.

The administration of an estate involves the collecting in of a deceased person’s assets, paying any debts and liabilities, including inheritance tax, and ensuring that gifts and legacies made under a Will are dealt with. Finally, the residue of the estate is distributed in accordance with the terms of the Will or under the rules of intestacy (if the deceased person did not leave a Will).

It is the responsibility of the Personal Representative (the Executor appointed under the Will or an Administrator in the case of an intestacy) of the estate to ensure that all matters pertaining to the administration of a deceased person’s estate are carried out. A Personal Representative can be personally liable for any errors, or any financial loss to the estate, and as such, obtaining professional advice is often crucial.

Our Personal Legal Services lawyers will guide you, or undertake all matters in relation to the administration of an estate on your behalf, depending on your requirements and instructions, from obtaining the grant of administration to dealing with the tax implications and making final distributions. Our Directors regularly act as Personal Representatives and Trustees or Attorneys on behalf of Personal Representatives if, for example, the Personal Representative resides abroad.

If the deceased person had assets abroad or there are agricultural or business property assets involved, then the administration can become much more complicated and early advice is recommended.

Our Personal Legal Services Team

Head of Department & Consultant Solicitor
Maureen graduated from Manchester University with a Law Degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1976…
Elizabeth graduated from King’s College London in 1995 with a BA in Theology and an MPhil in Theology from Cambridge University in 1997…
Consultant Solicitor
Lisa graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Business Administration in 1997 and subsequently studied for her Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School…
Alasdair graduated from Southampton University in 2015 with an LLB (honours) Law Degree…
Bethany graduated from the University of Surrey in 2015 with a BSc Honours in Psychology and Criminology…
Alina graduated from the University of Brighton in 2014 with an LLB (Hons) Law Degree with Business…
Matthew graduated from the University of Law in Guildford where he completed both his LLB (Hons) Law Degree and went on to complete the Legal Practice Course in 2020…
Chartered Legal Executive
Katie is currently on maternity leave…
Lee Baclayon
Chelcy graduated from Brunel University London in 2020 with a degree in Law before completing her Legal Practice Course (LPC) in June 2021….
Trainee Solicitor
Katie graduated from Durham University in 2020 with a degree in History. She then went on to complete her Master of Arts in Law…

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