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Probate & estate administration

We know the difficulties you can face after the loss of a loved one. The mass of paperwork, formalities and procedures can be unbearable.

At Actons, we will take away the burden of estate administration, allowing you the time to concentrate on what matters: the well-being of you and your family.

Our experienced and understanding team will give you the support, clear advice and gentle guidance you need.

Our team of specialist probate solicitors will steer you through all of the legal obligations that are placed on Executors. Where tax needs to be paid – we will make sure that the correct amount is paid, at the right time, and we’ll identify if there are any opportunities to reduce the amount of tax.

Pricing

We provide a range of estimated costs which you can access by clicking on the link below. For more information about how we can help and a personalised quote, please contact a member of our team below for a no-obligation discussion.

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FAQs

  • What is meant by the term "estate"?

    The money, possessions, investments and property of a deceased person is called their "estate".

  • What’s the difference between a Grant of Probate and a Grant of Letters of Administration?

    A Grant of Probate is issued to an Executor named in a Will. If there is no will, a Grant of Letters of Administration is issued to the person entitled by law to deal with the estate (known as the Administrator(s)). These are the two most common type of Grant of Representation although there are many others which may be issued in more unusual circumstances.

  • Do all estate’s require a Grant of Representation?

    A grant of representation is issued by the Probate Registry to the person entitled to deal with the estate. Whether a grant is required will depend on the value and the nature of the assets which comprise the estate.

  • I have been appointed as an Executor in a Will, do I have to take on this responsibility?

    No - even though you may been appointed in the Will, provided you have not started to administer the estate yourself. Once you have started to deal with the estate you must finish the estate administration. However, as an executor you are always free to consult and take advice from a solicitor and the costs of this will usually be paid by the estate.

Over the past 12 months, I have worked with Ruth Swain to settle my late father's estate and more recently to set up mine and  my husband's Wills. Ruth has been exceptional in her level of customer service, explaining everything in plain English so that we understood fully all of the legal angles of everything we were doing. She was really supportive during this sad time and a pleasure to work with making everything we did as simple as possible,  thank you.
A satisfied client
"Ruth Swain looked after us following the death of my mother, handling a potentially tricky legal situation regarding first registration of a property, which was not helped by incompetent service from a previous solicitor. Her helpfulness and efficiency made the whole process hassle-free with the added bonus of things being sorted much more quickly than we anticipated. I can't thank her enough."
Viv Kirk
"Great service lovely people and very easy to talk to, very understanding, would be delighted to recommend Actons to other people."
Jane Walker
"Actons ‘provides excellent comprehensive service with a personal touch’. The ‘very professional and trustworthy’ team advises on the full range of will, trusts and probate work, often collaborating with the firm’s corporate and commercial departments to better service owner-managed and family businesses."
The Legal 500 2018 (Personal Tax, Trusts & Probate)
"Actons’ team is led by Mandy Kelly, who routinely advises high-net-worth individuals on tax and inheritance matters."
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