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 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.

How our probate solicitors can help you:

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Meet the team

Kevin Gladwell

Solicitor

Corinne Richards

Personal Tax Adviser

Claire Wickens

Legal Executive

Judy Pollard

Senior Tax Adviser

Joanna Dunlop

Solicitor

Lucy Cheeseman

Solicitor

Mary Shaw

Partner & Team Leader

Fiona Taylor

Associate

Philip Raggett

Partner

Samantha Bradburne

Associate

Richard Theobald

Solicitor

Gail Hall

Partner

Charles Warner

Consultant Solicitor & Notary Public

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

“Barbara and I would like to commend Lucy Cheeseman for her efficiency and professionalism. Everything was dealt with promptly and explained well, giving us the confidence that it was all in capable hands. Throughout what was a really tough time we found Lucy patient, kind and caring.”


Ms Barbara Howes, Executrix & Mr John Harrington, Wood & Pilcher

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