Probate & estates

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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 months or even years in very complicated cases. Few people have the time to spare or the ready knowledge at hand to deal with these situations as well as they should. which is why it makes sense to instruct a probate lawyer. As such, it is important to employ the services of one of our estate planning lawyers to help this period go as smoothly as possible.

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.

Our 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, we’re here to help you do best out of these difficult situations.

We are accredited by the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme. Read more about why you should choose Warners as a WIQS accredited firm.

How our probate solicitors can help you:

Costs

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Administration of Estates

Our Team

Our team has over 170 years of collective experience in delivering high-quality work in all matters relating to estate administration.

We have a large team of specialists who may work on your matter. Regardless of who works on your matter, they will be supervised by Mary Shaw, Partner and Head of the private client team. Please see the section below for more information.

Meet the team

Lucy Wright

Solicitor

Richard Theobald

Partner

A big thank you from me too. You have guided us so well and have been so efficient. This had made a big difference to all.


Mr S

I have recently been dealing with Richard Theobald and Sarah Fitz-Gibbon and their corresponding teams. Richard helped finalise an Estate following a close family members death and Sarah assisted with the conveyancing on a property sale. Dealing with Warners was a massive relief in terms of their assistance at a difficult time and their professionalism and knowledge was brilliant. It was very comforting knowing that we were looked after and all affairs were in good hands. I would highly recommend their services to anyone needing legal advice.


Mr B

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