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Probate and Administration
Charles Neal

Charles Neal
Partner | Head of Private Client & Notary Public

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When a person dies somebody must take responsibility for their financial and property assets, and ultimately organise them so that they pass to the intended people. This will be in accordance with the Will if there is one or the rules of intestacy where there is no Will.

Depending on whether or not there is a Will and the size and value for the assets as well as what those assets actually are, there may need to be an application to the Probate Registry for either a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. This is the Court endorsing the Executors in the Will or appointing a suitable person or persons to legally represent the deceased’s affairs and deal with the distribution of the estate.

Every death is personal and individual. The process of administering an estate varies from individual to individual but three stages are apparent in all:

- Identifying the assets in the estate, valuing those assets and declaring that value to HM Revenue & Customs and the Probate Registry;

- Applying for the Grant of Probate or the Letters of Administration; and

- Paying off the liabilities and distributing the estate to the intended recipients.

Some estates will be very straight forward and some will be complex, some of modest value while others are of higher value. Some will need to deal with the payment of Inheritance Tax, others will require a simple return (report to HM Revenue & Customs) but will not need to pay tax.

At Bell & Buxton we have expertise in all types, sizes, values, and complexities which include dealing with foreign assets when necessary. We can deal with as much of the estate as required from simply supporting you through the process, to taking the whole administrative burden off your shoulders.

What our clients say
  • "Professional, considerate and willing to go the extra mile."

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  • A visit to a solicitor can be rather a daunting experience but my visit to Bell & Buxton was pleasant and reassuring. Thank you for an excellent service, promptly supplied.

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  • "You made the sale of our house painless. You handled everything, every pitfall and problem with first rate efficiency. The whole process left us with no worries at all. A BIG thank you."

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  • First impressions at reception were very friendly and helpful and very caring on leaving. The offer of coffee was most welcome. The understanding by Mr Sissons of the situation was to the point and any aspect that could cause unforeseen (by me) problems was soon spotted.

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  • Very pleased with how we were treated and how easy the process of making a Will is. Also, many thanks for your scheme for St Lukes Hospice. Altogether a very professional service with a human touch. Thank you.

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