• What is probate?

    When somebody passes away, their estate need to be administered so that their assets can be sold and liabilities paid off. For those with a valid Will, the executor will be the person dealing with this estate administration process. Certain assets, such as property or shares, may require the executor to obtain a document called a Grant of Probate in order to sell them.

    Where there is no Will, the person dealing with the estate is called an administrator. They will need to obtain a Grant of Representation to be able to deal with the estate.

    Getting a Grant of Probate and Grant of Representation are both commonly referred to as ‘getting probate’.

    Probate and estate administration – why use Brachers?

    For those named as someone’s executor, we can appreciate this can be a daunting prospect. Understandably, you want to the do the very best job that you can, but other commitments such as work or family could mean that you might not be always be able to give it all of your attention. It can also sometimes be challenging to understand the legal process that is required.

    At Brachers, we have been assisting executors for over 100 years. We have dealt with estates of all sizes and complexities and have a wealth of knowledge. We hope this will give you peace of mind to know that the job will be well done.

    Although being an executor is a personal liability and you are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the estate is administered correctly, we can support you by dealing with as much or as little of the estate administration as you would like.

    We can carry out every aspect of the estate administration process for you

    We have the expertise to advise you on your obligations as an executor and provide assistance where required. This includes ensuring that the estate has made use of all available Inheritance Tax allowances and exemptions, preparing and submitting income tax returns (where required) and heling with the sale of assets, including residential and commercial property.

    If relations between the beneficiaries become contentious, a challenge is made against the Will or a claim is made against the estate, our Contentious Probate team can step in to assist and advise. This will ensure that you will not need to go anywhere else, regardless of how things unfold during your executorship.

    Cost of probate and estate administration

    We appreciate that each estate is unique. Because of this, we offer different pricing structures depending on how much or little you would like us to do.

    We are transparent about our costs and will provide you with a detailed fee estimate at the start and keep you updated throughout the matter. For further information about how our costs are calculated, view our ‘Probate and Estate Administration Pricing overview’.

    Our quality of expertise

    You can be sure to receive a first-class service, with our Private Client team’s expertise in probate and estate administration recognised in leading legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

    Further support

    Please expand on the areas below to learn more about how we can assist with the entire estate administration process.

    Our probate and estate administration lawyers are based in Maidstone and Canterbury and are ready to help with any legal advice you may require so please get in touch today.

    • Full estate administration

      Obtaining a Grant of Representation (Fixed Fee)

      Ad-hoc assistance

      When a person dies without a Will

      Deeds of Variation and Disclaimers

      Deeds of Renunciation

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