Probate and Estate Administration

    When a family member or friend passes away and you find yourself responsible for winding up their financial affairs it can be a daunting task to take on especially at such a distressing time.
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    Probate and Estate Administration

    When a family member or friend passes away and you find yourself responsible for winding up their financial affairs it can be a daunting task to take on especially at such a distressing time.

    Apart from the immediate need to make arrangements for the funeral there are many duties that may need to be attended to, such as:

    • Clearing the house
    • Making sure any properties are correctly insured
    • Going through documents and discovering what bank accounts and other assets there are
    • Obtaining valuations
    • Reporting details of the estate to HM Revenue & Customs
    • Arranging for payment of any inheritance tax which is due
    • Applying for a Grant of Representation from the High Court
    • Closing down bank accounts and other investments
    • Selling the house
    • Settling any debts
    • Paying the beneficiaries
    • Settling the deceased's income tax affairs
    • Preparing Estate Accounts

    Even apparently straightforward estates can take many months to wind up fully.

    At Seddons we have experienced solicitors who will handle your requirements in a sensitive and professional manner. We can assist you by taking care of matters from start to finish, should you wish us to do so, ensuring not only that you are relieved of the day to day burden of administering the estate but that you are also kept fully informed of progress.

    In addition we draft Deeds of Variation and provide onward inheritance tax and succession planning for beneficiaries. 

    If you would like further information regarding probate please contact the Private Client team.
     

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