Administration of Estates involves dealing with your affairs after death – the estate being your property and assets.
Our probate specialists handle the winding up of your estate with sensitivity and understanding, and help your family and friends through what can be a very confusing and upsetting time.
We may be able to minimise the tax liabilities on the estate of the deceased and those of the beneficiaries by careful tax planning. This may involve Deeds of Variation or Family Arrangement.
On occasions there may be disputes between beneficiaries, executors or those who want to make a claim against an estate – we can advise in these circumstances.
Kate Garraway’s documentary Kate Garraway: Finding Derek, has exemplified the importance of having Lasting Powers of Attorney in place.
Be careful if you are thinking of going down the Probate DIY route. It is a complicated topic that can be time consuming and confusing and not without risk.
Lucy Watson, head of the Wills and Probate team at Phillips, explains why a new online service aimed at speeding up the process to grant probate is actually causing delays.