Probate & Estate Administration

Dealing with a relative’s or friend’s financial affairs when they have passed away can be daunting. We have many years’ experience acting for clients across the region providing a sensitive and practical approach to dealing with Probate and administering estates.

There can be financial implications for Personal Representatives (executors of a Will or next of kin if there is no Will) who do not deal with the correct distribution of an estate.

It is always important to seek advice.

Dealing with ‘the legalities’ when a person dies means that their total estate (all their worldly goods) has to be passed on to their new rightful owners.

A deceased person's estate is made up of all things including money, property and any possessions that were rightly theirs at the time of death.

‘Probate’ deals with the process of adding up the assets of the deceased and deducting any liabilities enabling the net proceeds to be passed to the intended beneficiaries.

Who is responsible?

It is always better, in the event of someone’s death, if there is a Will and an appointed executor (someone who has been previously asked by the deceased to manage their affairs when they die).

If there is no executor then the deceased’s next of kin is normally the one who takes up this role. At this time the next of kin has to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration which will authorise them to do this.

Fixed fee service

We offer fixed fee services to obtain a Grant of Representation to allow Personal Representatives to deal with an estate administration.

Estate administration

We will speak to you at the outset and let you know what the fees would be for us to assist with an estate administration.

All costs and disbursements across the firm are listed on our website.

To assist us in your first appointment please download and complete by clicking on our Probate Questionnaire Form.

For further information please take a look at our “Guide to our Probate Service” which is also can be download or saved in PDF format.