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Probate law and executor advice solicitors

Solicitors for probate law advice

Our experienced probate solicitors are used to dealing with all aspects of probate and estate administration. Our solicitors can act as professional executors and trustees on your behalf in administering an estate following a bereavement.

Estate administration

The administration of an estate takes place after someone dies. If there is a will, the executor named in it is responsible for ensuring that the estate of the deceased is secure, assessing its value and paying any inheritance tax.

The executor

The executor has responsibility for gathering and valuing all the assets, paying any outstanding debts and then distributing what is left according to the will.

Before the administration of the estate can take place, executors or administrators need to apply for the right to deal with the deceased person’s possessions and affairs.

Grant of probate

The authorisation, known as “the grant of representation” or “grant of probate”, is given by the Probate Service.

In order to obtain the grant of probate, there are a number of tasks which will have to be carried out by the executor:

  • Obtaining the death certificate.
  • Establishing authority as the executor of estate.
  • Valuing the person’s estate.
  • Calculating whether or not the estate is liable for inheritance tax.
  • Submitting completed probate forms to the Probate Service.
  • Attending a Probate Service interview and swearing an executor’s oath.
  • Paying any inheritance tax.

If you have been named as an executor or someone close to you has died without leaving a will, our probate solicitors will act on your behalf and apply for a grant of probate or letters of administration.

Professional executors and trustees

Our probate solicitors can also act as professional executors and trustees on your behalf in administering the estate.

Free wills and probate law guide

The free guide includes information about:

  • Why you should make a will;
  • Intestacy rules;
  • Care costs;
  • Inheritance tax planning;
  • Family home allowance;
  • How to make a will;
  • What happens after someone dies;
  • Protecting your assets.

Download our free short guide to wills and probate.

Contact us to discuss your requirements

Free initial consultation

We offer a free initial consultation by appointment for most matters, so we can discuss the brief facts, and can give you an idea of how we can help you and the costs.

Please contact us to talk about how we can help you.

Our wills and probate department is based at our Potters Bar office.

You can also see a private client solicitor by arrangement at our central London office.

Make an appointment to see a solicitor at our London or Potters Bar offices. Please contact the reception team at Potters Bar to make an appointment for both offices:

Telephone: 01707 246100

Make an appointment by e-mail or request a telephone call back:

e-mail: enquiries@bishopsgatelaw.com

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