On death, the executors named in the will of the deceased (or the appointed administrators, where there is no will) are responsible for dealing with the administration and distribution of the estate. In most cases it is necessary to obtain a grant of probate, which is a legal document that formalises the appointment of the executors.
What is the role of the executor?
The role of executor can include registering the death, organising the funeral, ascertaining details of the deceased’s assets and liabilities, calculating and settling all tax liabilities (including the preparation and submission of inheritance tax forms), encashing and transferring assets and accounting to the beneficiaries.
Our probate solicitors are equipped to help you deal with all manner of issues following the death of a person close to you. From Inheritance Act claims to will contesting and contentious probate disputes, we’re here to help you do your best out of these difficult situations.
How our probate solicitors can help you:
- Meet with the executors to discuss the likely timescales and costs involved in administering the estate (our fees are likely to be less than institutions such as the banks)
- Advise the executors on the process involved in administering the estate
- Provide expert guidance with our probate service on the laws of tax, trusts and property as well as of Wills and intestacy, and possibly other subjects such as partnership and company law
- Our probate team can look after the administration of the estate on behalf of the executors
- Deal with the estate tax returns and advise on any tax payments due to HMRC
- Ensure that the right information goes to the tax authorities and that only necessary amounts of inheritance, capital gains and income tax are paid