Probate and Administration of Estates

At Kenyon Son & Craddock we understand how difficult and stressful it can be to deal with the legal paperwork that needs to be dealt with when somebody dies, especially when that person is a loved one.  We can provide compassionate and practical advice to help you throughout the process.

If you have been appointed as the Executor of someone’s will then you will need to ensure that all their assets are dealt with and distributed in accordance with the terms of the will.

If the deceased had not made a will (known as dying intestate) the situation can be more complex as the law directs who the estate will pass to.  We can provide you with advice on how the estate should be distributed.

In order to be able to deal with the assets in an estate, such as bank accounts, shares, insurance policies and property it is often necessary to obtain either a Grant of Probate (if the deceased left a will) or a Grant of Letters of Administration (if the deceased died intestate).

At the same time an Inland Revenue form will need to be completed detailing the assets in the estate and if Inheritance Tax is due it will need to be paid before the Grant is applied for.

Once the Grant has been issued by the Probate Registry the assets in the estate need to be encashed or transferred, the tax position can be finalised and the estate distributed.

We can provide advice on any of the following matters:-

  • Valuing the estate
  • Advising on the distribution of the estate on Intestacy
  • Completing the Inland Revenue account and dealing with Inheritance Tax
  • Making the application for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
  • Dealing with income tax and capital gains tax
  • Dealing with the sale or transfer of the property
  • Preparing Estate Accounts and distributing the estate.
  • Variation of Wills
  • Disputed Wills and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975

We can tailor our service to your needs.  It may be that you simply want help dealing with the application for the Grant of Representation or you may want us to deal with the estate from start to finish.  Either way we can help and guide you thought the process.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment where we can discuss your requirements and provide you with an estimate of our costs.