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Probate and Estate Administration
The death of a loved one is a painful and difficult time for everyone affected. However, the situation can be even more stressful for relatives who are tasked with handling the paperwork and administration that needs to be completed when someone dies.
If you have suffered the loss of a relative or a loved one, JMW Solicitors can help to make the probate and estate administration process as stress-free as possible. We are highly-experienced in this area of the law, and are dedicated to providing a professional and understanding service at this difficult time.
We have extensive experience in dealing with complex and international estates, and provide joined-up advice to the family in terms of wider tax and succession planning.
How JMW Can Help
Our team of expert solicitors has experience in handling cases involving all aspects of probate and estate administration.
In addition to probate disputes, we can also assist during the initial probate process. Should you be named as the executor of an estate, we can help you in applying for a Grant of Probate in order to give you the legal right to deal with the deceased’s property, money and possessions, otherwise known as their ‘estate’.
If no will was left, we can guide you through the process of applying to become an administrator of the estate. Should you wish us to, we can also perform the role of executor of the will or administrator of the estate on your behalf.
Other duties that our specialist solicitors cover include:
- Filling out Income Tax and Inheritance Tax returns and paying any tax due from estate agents
- Distributing funds and assets
- Investigating and valuing the estate
- Collecting estate funds
- Paying creditors
- Selling or transferring ownership of property
- Managing any trusts in the will
What does an administrator of an estate do?
The administrator of an estate is a legal term that refers to an individual who has been appointed to administer the estate of a deceased person who has not left a will. When a person dies without a will, the court will appoint a person to settle their debts, as well as pay any outstanding bills or funeral expenses. This person is known as an administrator, and has many of the same responsibilities as the executor of a will.
JMW offers a full administration of estates service, whether or not there is a will. From obtaining details of the assets and liabilities of the estate and obtaining the Grant of Probate/Grant of Representation, to distributing the estate in accordance with the terms of the will or the Intestacy Rules, we can take all the paperwork and hassle off your hands.
What is a Deed of Variation?
If you have inherited from an estate under a will or the Intestacy Rules within the last two years, it is possible to redirect your inheritance to someone else and for the gift to be regarded as if it was made by the deceased via a Deed of Variation. This can be especially useful for Inheritance Tax planning purposes. Click here to read more about Deeds of Variation.
What is a Grant of Probate?
A Grant of Probate - also known as a Grant of Representation - is an official document that, in most cases, will be required for an executor of a will to legally administer an estate.
Where the deceased has left a will, JMW offers a fixed-fee service where we will deal with the application for the Grant of Probate and complete the compulsory HMRC Inheritance Tax forms, leaving you free to deal with the less technical aspects of the probate process.
Click here to find out more about probate.
Talk to Us
If you are looking for a wills, trusts or estate planning solicitor, get in touch with JMW’s approachable, experienced team today. Simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form to request a callback.