Probate & estates

Few experiences are more traumatic than the death of someone you know well, especially if you are the one who has to sort out the affairs of the deceased. The administration of an estate can take some months, even years in very complicated cases. Few people have the time to spare or the ready knowledge at hand which is why it makes sense to instruct a probate lawyer.

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 representation to formalise the appointment of the executors.

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.

How our probate solicitors can help you:

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Meet the team

Fiona Taylor


Samantha Bradburne


Joanna Dunlop


Claire Wickens

Legal Executive

Corinne Richards

Personal Tax Adviser

Lucy Cheeseman


Jessica Moseley


Judy Pollard

Senior Tax Adviser

Charles Warner

Consultant Solicitor & Notary Public

Mary Shaw

Partner & Team Leader

Gail Hall


Richard Theobald


Tom Simmons

Legal Executive (ACILEx)

Philip Raggett


Richard Theobald, at all times, has been exemplary in his dealings with us. We have had total confidence in his handling of the whole process. In terms of his business knowledge, affability and responsiveness to any questions raised he is excellent. We have often been impressed with his detailed emails and his willingness to communicate readily when the needs arise. Finally, Richard has established good working relationships with the executors individually.

Mrs B

May I add my thanks... for your expertise in guiding us through the maelstrom of tax and other matters relating to the estate settlement. You and the team have been excellent, especially as we are rather far flung.

Mrs Holding

As difficult as the task has been (at times) we have never once questioned our decision to move the Estate into your capable hands. You have been professional, caring, extremely knowledgeable, discrete - all the while providing expert guidance as we have traversed the minefield of various tax laws. The service and expertise from everyone at Warners has been excellent. Beyond our expectation (I had high expectations!) Perhaps the biggest compliment I can pay you is that I am actually disappointed that our dealings are near completion. Thank you for all your work it is very much appreciated.

Mr H