Administration of Estates
Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through the administration of an estate
Administration of estates - What should you consider?
Losing a loved one is always going to be a difficult time and having the responsibility for the administration of their estate can be daunting.
Dealing with legal and financial formalities can be complicated and time-consuming; therefore it helps to have our experienced probate solicitors on your side, sharing the workload and responsibility.
Do I need a solicitor to help with administering an estate?
The process of administering an estate be complicated. In these circumstances, the support a solicitor can provide is invaluable. Having an experienced solicitor to assist you with contacting the deceased’s bank and other institutions and notifying beneficiaries of their entitlement under the estate will make things easier and quicker for you.
Solicitors are also able to provide advice about any complex issues, such as Trusts or the effect of intestacies and help you deal with any tax consequences for the estate.
Many people are not aware that solicitors can handle any stage of the administration process on your behalf, or simply assist with the stages you find most challenging.
At Goughs, you will have the dedicated support of an individual member of our team to support you through the estate administration process.
Expert advice when you need it most
Our solicitors are here for you at every step
Popular questions about administering an estate
We like to keep our fee structure fair and simple, so unlike some other firms, we don’t charge a percentage of the estate, our charges are simply based on an hourly rate and the amount of work we actually do.
Executors are appointed in the Will. In short, In short, an executor is the person (or people) legally responsible for carrying out the wishes of someone in their will. They’ll collect in the estate and distribute it to the beneficiaries (those named in the will), and ensure any debts are paid.
There are a number of things that can be done prior to arranging a meeting with a solicitor.
We’ve created a guide for you of the different steps to use it as a checklist to navigate this difficult time.
A Deed of Variation is a document entered into where one or more of the beneficiaries of an estate wish to change the amount of inheritance they stand to receive and to pass this inheritance on to another person. Please follow this guide for more information.
At Goughs our experienced legal team is here to offer a helping hand, whether you need initial advice, assistance with a difficult stage or for someone to take responsibility for the whole probate process.
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Why choose Goughs?
Local since 1882, with an excellent reputation
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Largest solicitors in Wiltshire
Seven offices throughout the county
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