Estate Administration

Administering estates professionally and empathetically

Estate Administration Lawyers

We understand that acting as a Personal Representative and administering an estate when someone has died can be an extremely emotional and testing time particularly when it involves the estate of a close family member or friend.

The process can take a long time and you are likely to be faced with issues that are unfamiliar and complex to deal with.

Estate administration involves many different stages, ranging from registering the death, organising the funeral, obtaining the Grant of Representation (probate), calculating the correct Inheritance Tax liability and paying the same, and ultimately distributing the estate to the correct beneficiaries. There are many areas that can trip executors up, not to mention the difficulties that can arise between grieving family members.

Why work with an estate administration lawyer?

With family structures and personal and business affairs now more complex, you will need access to advisers who can handle the administrative process on your behalf and ensure that the final wishes of the deceased are carried out.

  • If there is no Will in place, by default, the intestacy rules will apply, and our specialist team will help you to process the estate correctly and distribute assets to the right people.
  • The process includes deciphering who is entitled to what and this can be a particularly complex process, which may involve advising on statutory trusts, instructing genealogists, or obtaining specialist insurance when those people cannot be found
  • You may encounter difficulties from disappointed family members or friends who may believe they are entitled to a share of the estate. With the appropriate input from our experienced contentious probate team, we can help you to understand your options to handle the situation as a Personal Representative.

Trusted estate administration with a personal touch

We can draft the necessary legal documentation, collect in and encash the assets and pay liabilities such as tax liabilities arising both during and after the death of your loved one. We also understand that being with your nearest and dearest is a top priority – we can come to you. We do our utmost to remove some of the stresses associated with administering an estate, and if being in the comfort of your own home is what you need then our team ensures that we are there to help – no matter when and how long you need us.

Unravelling the complex process of administering an estate requires advisers that are empathetic, pragmatic and alert to the wider legal implications resulting from a death.

When a loved one dies, you’ll want to focus on family and friends above all else so you will need advisors by your side to help. Contact us using the button below or call us on 0800 689 0741 to find out more.
Frequently asked questions

We've put together a short list of commonly asked questions to help you understand more about estate administration.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Estate administration is the process of handling the legal and tax affairs after someone has passed away. It can be broken down into four key stages: 

  1. Registering the death of the deceased and arranging the funeral. 
  2. Determining the value of the deceased’s assets and liabilities and submitting an application for the grant of representation (this may also include the payment of any inheritance tax). 
  3. Collecting in the various assets of the deceased and paying any debts they may have. 
  4. Distributing the estate in line with their will (or the rules of Intestacy if there is no will), usually preparing estate accounts to show the position from the date of death to the date of distribution.

If the deceased held property at their death, the insurer needs to be informed that the individual has passed away.  The policy should then be put into the names of the personal representatives. Read our guide on what to do when someone dies. 

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