Probate & Estates

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Administration of Estates

The loss of a loved one is a truly difficult time. Sometimes those appointed as the Executors of a Will, or those with the responsibility of dealing with the estate where there is no Will, can find this daunting or upsetting. For others, though, dealing with the practical matters can actually help them to cope.

We offer different levels of help so that you are covered for whatever you need.

Advice on the Will & the next steps

We can just provide advice on the terms of the Will, your duties, and some guidance as to the next steps.

We talk you through the Will, explaining what each clause means and advise you on the duties and responsibilities that you have as an Executor, explaining how you can ensure that you perform your role correctly.
We provide you with a written summary of our advice for future reference.

We advise which organisations you need to contact in order to deal with the administration and outline the process involved in making an application for the grant if one is required.

This service may be suitable if the deceased had very few assets or a very simple Will.

Application for the Grant

We can assist you to prepare an application for a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.

In addition to talking you through the Will and advising you on your duties and responsibilities that you have as an Executor, we can prepare the application for the grant on your behalf.

In order to make the application, a value of the deceased’s estate and details of the person who is entitled to make the application are required by HMRC and the court. We will collect all the information relating to the value of the deceased’s assets and the amount of any liabilities on the date of their death in order to complete the report to HMRC.
We will complete and submit the application form required by the Probate Registry setting out the details of the Executors or Personal Representatives.

Once the grant has been issued by the Probate Registry we will provide you with copies of this in order that you can collect in the assets, pay any outstanding debts and distribute the estate in accordance with the Will or the Intestacy Rules.

We will provide you with a list of the steps that you may need to take to complete the administration to assist you.
For an example of costs for this service click here or for a bespoke quote based on your individual circumstances, contact Cath Collins at cathcollins@vinelaw.co.uk or telephone 01945 898090.

Administration of the Estate

If you would prefer to leave it all to us, we can deal with all of the administration on behalf of the executors.

If you prefer, we are able to deal with the whole of the administration on your behalf.

This means that in addition to the steps set out for obtaining the grant LINK  we would arrange for all of the assets to be sold or transferred as appropriate, ensure that all outstanding debts are paid and we then distribute the estate in accordance with the Will.
We report to you at each stage and ask you to approve the estate accounts, which we prepare, showing what money has been received and how that money has been allocated.

When the estate accounts have been approved, we will  make any payments to beneficiaries.
For an example of costs for this service click here or for a bespoke quote based on your individual circumstances, contact Cath Collins at cathcollins@vinelaw.co.uk or telephone 01945 898090.

Advice as and when required

If you choose to administer the estate yourself, we can advise you in the background on an as-needed basis.

It may be, following our initial meeting with  you,  you decide you will administer the estate yourself,  but with the reassurance that you can come to us if you are unsure how to proceed at any stage during the administration.
Our charges for this service are be based on the amount of time that we spend dealing with those queries. We bill you for this work on a timescale agreed with you at the outset of the administration and will give you information about our hourly rate at the outset.
For further details please contact Cath Collins at cathcollins@vinelaw.co.uk or telephone 01945 898090.