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Our Private Client Department has a long history of providing expert legal advice on the Administration of Estates and Probate related matters.

When someone dies there are many decisions and arrangements that have to be made. Often at a time of personal distress. You may require help with administrative and financial issues. Our expertise can help simplify the situation and relieve you from any worry and stress at this difficult time.

Our private client team, some of whom are solicitors and or members of STEP, will be happy to assist and guide you at any stage throughout the complex and complicated area of administering an estate and reduce the pressures and worries of being an Executor or administrator. We can help you to apply for a Grant of Probate, where there is a Will or a Grant of Letters of Administration, where there is not one (otherwise known as intestacy).

We can also advise you in relation to Deeds of Variation or other family arrangements where appropriate.

A member of our team will work with you and ensure that you have a full understanding of the process and ensure you are kept up to date with the progress of the administration of your relative’s estate. 

What is the role of an Executor or Administrator?

When a person dies there has to be an Administrator who can deal with their estate. The role of the Executor or Administrator is to collect the assets, pay any liabilities and distribute the balance in accordance with the Will (Executor or Administrator) or where there is no Will, according to the Intestacy Rules.

If the value of the estate is more than £5,000 they may have to apply for a Grant of Representation. There are three main types of Grant and the one that you will need to apply for depends on whether there is a Will or not, or whether the appointed Executors are capable of carrying out their tasks 

The Executor, or Administrator, also deals with the tax payable by the estate.  They are responsible for making full disclosure to HMRC and there are penalties if returns are made negligently.  So it is very important to get the right advice as soon as possible.

Is not very well known but when you die your estate continues to be liable to income and capital gains tax.  We will be able to fully advise on how best to deal with the income tax of your relative both before and after their death.

The Executor, or Administrator, must be aware of any potential claims that could be made under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975. This Act enables certain classes of people, usually spouses and children, to make a claim within six months of the Grant of Representation against the estate where they believe that the Will or Intestacy has failed to make reasonable financial provision for them.

If the estate is distributed within this timeframe the Executor or Administrator may be personally liable for not taking account of these claims. We can advise more fully on this depending on the circumstances of the case.

To find out how we can help why not get in touch with our team of professionals who will be happy to discuss any matters relating to Probate or Estate Administration with you.  
 

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Meet our team of legal advisors



Kettering Assistants

Vivienne Johnson


Edward Lamb’s assistant


T 01536 513195
F 01536 410191
E vjohnson@lamb-holmes.co.uk


Kettering Assistants

Carol Britton


Adam Hampton’s assistant


T 01536 513195
F 01536 525368
E cbritton@lamb-holmes.co.uk

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Wills & Probate Department


"We were very impressed by Linda Brooks who made home visits which helped the family considerably. Health issues made visiting your office difficult".

Mr Litchfield

 

“Mrs Linda Brooks who has dealt with the estate of the late Alice Marden has been most friendly and professional. My aunt spoke highly of her. I am sorry that we did not meet however, we had numerous calls, and she sounds a warm, lively person with a great sense of humour.

All the legal work required seems to have been accomplished efficiently and I am grateful that she made it all very ‘user-friendly’. I would like to thank her for all her work and the support she has given”.

Thank you, Linda

M Maisey

 

“I was very pleased with how everything was done. The people who came to my home were well mannered lovely people”.

Ms Dunion

 

"The help i had over making my Will was excellent. I would like to thank Remi and Carol for help in making this Will".
Ms A.Farmer 






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