Smooth, stress-free estate administration

Losing a loved one is always difficult, and the responsibility for the administration of an estate can be overwhelming. The process can be complicated and time-consuming and will differ depending on whether the deceased had a Will or not.

Our team of estate administrators have many years of experience in dealing with the legal and financial formalities that come with estate administration. We will work alongside you and your family, providing clear guidance according to your circumstances and how you want to move forward.

How much we do is entirely up to you. We can take over the entire estate administration process from collecting in the estate to distributing it to beneficiaries. Alternatively, we can simply work with you on the areas you find particularly challenging. Basically, we can do as little or as much as you need.

While the vast majority of estate administrations progress without any problems, disagreements do sometimes arise. If that happens, our team of contentious probate experts can work with you to resolve disputes quickly and sensitively.

Next steps: get in touch

If you need legal advice on how to deal with the estate of a loved one, contact our team of experts on: 0800 533 5349 or

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Frequently asked questions

When someone dies they leave behind a lifetime of possessions (their estate). The process of collecting and then distributing someone’s estate is what is known as estate administration.

When somebody dies without leaving a valid Will, they are said to die intestate. The rules of intestacy govern how the estate comprising the person’s money and property will be distributed among family members who are entitled to benefit from the estate.

Estate administration refers to the entire process of dealing with the deceased’s money, property and debts. Probate more specifically refers to the process of obtaining legal authorisation to deal with the estate.

Typically, obtaining the grant of probate takes eight to ten weeks from the date on which we are instructed. Collecting assets then follows, which can take between three to six weeks from the date on which the grant of probate is received. Once this has been done, we can distribute the assets, which normally takes two to four weeks. So on average, straightforward estates can be dealt with within three to nine months from the date on which we receive all of the available estate information.

Our fee structure is simple. Our charges are based on an hourly rate and the amount of work we actually do, so the exact cost will depend on the individual circumstances. For more information on our uncontested probate fees and any costs payable to third parties, please read our estate administration pricing.

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