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

David Cooper

Solicitor

Lucy Wright

Solicitor

"I have been very impressed with Warners in my dealings with them. They appear very thorough, prompt with responses, and happy to discuss any matters where there are any queries."


Chambers & Partners HNW 2020

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

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