Administering an Estate

Administering an estate of a friend or family member is a job that comes with huge responsibility which is governed by Law and often driven by beneficiaries looking to get their share of an estate. The process for handling an estate is complicated and requires research to get it right if you are doing it yourself. For many though, they choose for a solicitor to handle the process for them and for the estate to pay the reasonable fees the solicitor charges for doing the work.

We handle the complete service of administering the estate including application for Grant of Representation, payment of Inheritance Tax due, collection of the estate's assets, conveyancing for the sale, payment of any debts/unpaid bills and final distribution to the beneficiaries.

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What is the Probate process?

The process for administering an estate follows the following route:

Check if there is a will and get a copy of the death certificate

Apply for a Grant of Representation (Probate) - may not be needed if net value of estate is under £10,000 (click to find out how to do this)

Pay any inheritance tax that's due


Calculate your inheritance tax here

Use the Grant of Representation to collect the estate's assets eg. money at bank, sale of a car, sale of a house

Pay any debts eg. gas bills, council tax, telephone bill

Distribute the estate - giving any property, money or possession to the people entitled to it (Beneficiaries)

The beneficiaries of an estate are set out within the will of the deceased, or if there is no will then the estate is distributed as per the Intestacy Rules (read this article on who inherits under intestacy)

What is the role of an executor of a Will?

When there is a Will

The person who handles the final wishes of the a deceased person is stated within their will and these people are called Executors. You normally have two executors named in a will, however you can have as many as 4.

When there isn't a will

The person who handles the administration of an estate intestate (an estate without a will) is called the Administrator.

Need help from a Probate Solicitor

With the death of a close family member or friend, you may not be feeling up to the task of administering the estate. If this is the case then you can employ the services of a solicitor to handle the whole process for you. The solicitor's legal fees are normally covered as an expense under the estate so you don't have to pay for this yourself.

Our team of Wills & Probate solicitors are on hand to help through handling this for you. Our fees are fixed for all the work from grant of probate to final distribution.

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