Probate and Estate Administration

The death of someone close is emotional and stressful enough without then having to navigate the maze of paperwork and administration that then needs to be completed. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, the probate and estate administration experts at JMW are here to make the probate and estate administration process as stress-free as possible. We are highly experienced in this area of law, providing a professional and understanding service at such a difficult time.

It couldn't be easier to get in touch with us to discuss the situation and to work out the right steps to take next. Simply call us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will get back to you.

Grant of Probate

A Grant of Probate - also known as a Grant of Representation - is an official document that, in certain cases, may be required for an executor of a will to legally administer the 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.

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If a loved one has died without leaving a will, their estate must be dealt with in accordance with the statutory Intestacy Rules, rather than in accordance with their wishes. This means the division of your loved one's possessions and assets is left up to the state, and in some cases can lead to family members or friends who would have received assets being left out.

Where wills allow a person to dictate the way their estate will be distributed after death, intestacy can leave family members with nothing but acrimony, confusion and costly legal battles.

Our team of lawyers can guide you through the legal and practical issues that are involved when there is no will, such as applying for a grant of letters of administration and therefore giving yourself the best possible chance of carrying out the wishes of your loved one.


JMW offers a full administration of estate service, whether or not there is a will in the estate. From obtaining details of the assets and liabilities of the estate and obtaining the Grant of Probate/Grant of Representation, through to distributing the estate in accordance with the terms of the will or the Intestacy Rules and dealing with all the tax requirements, we can take all the paperwork and hassle off your hands.

We also offer a service for individuals who are looking to protect their interest in an estate during the administration period.

Deed of Variation

If you have inherited under a will or the Intestacy Rules within the last two years, it is possible to re-direct 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 tax planning purposes. Click here to read more about Deeds of Variation.


  1. Who benefits from an intestate estate?

    This largely depends on who is alive at the date of the intestate's death and can only be a surviving spouse, civil partner or blood relatives, such as:

    • Surviving spouse or registered civil partner (but not common law spouses, partners or cohabitants)
    • Children
    • Parents
    • Brothers/sisters
    • Grandparents
    • Uncles/aunts

    Therefore, a person who dies in intestacy will be unable to leave any assets to a partner who is not their civil partner, husband or wife, any step children, step brothers, sisters or parents, or friends.

Why Choose JMW?

Probate and estate administration can seem a complex, even daunting, process, but the experienced and friendly team at JMW is here to make sure the process is as stress-free as possible.

Additionally, it is highly unlikely that the rules of intestacy will see your estate is distributed in the way you would like it to be; the only way to avoid this happening is to make a will.

The wills and probate team at JMW can help you prepare a document that will ensure your assets go to the people you want them to go to.

Talk to Us

For help and advice regarding the administration of an estate, contact the wills and probate team at JMW. You can contact us on 0345 872 6666 or complete our online enquiry form and we will be give you a call back at a convenient time to discuss everything in more detail.

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