Probate & Administration of Estates Articles and News

When someone dies with a will, the executors of the will need to apply for a grant of probate so they can pay the debts of the deceased, and collect in any money due to them. They also are responsible for making sure the terms of the will are carried into effect, which can mean handling the sale of property and shares. When someone dies without a will, an appropriate person needs to apply for letters of administration. This is slightly more complex and time consuming than applying for a grant of probate. In either case, the process can be daunting, and we can help. Many of our clients opt to appoint the partners in our firm as executors of their estate in their will, so their loved ones are not burdened with the task after they have died. In other cases, someone who is an executor, or the administrator of an estate, can appoint us to carry out their functions on their behalf. If you need help administering the estate of someone who has passed away, our experts will be very happy to help you.

  • There have been significant delays in grants of probate, but has this now been sorted out?
  • There can be different reasons why you might want to stop a grant of probate being issued, and the procedure is fairly complex. Read more here.
  • Executors of a will have an important role to fulfill - do you understand what you have to do as an executor?
  • Executors don't always get on - if you need to remove a difficult executor, find out how we can help.
  • The much criticised fee increase proposed by Theresa May's government has finally been scrapped for good, to the relief of legal practitioners
  • The are new regulations in force which executors or administrators of estates need to be aware of.
  • Probate fee increases now look likely to go ahead. What will this mean for the administration of estates?
  • The government plans for probate fees have changed more than once in the last year. What is the current position?
  • A recent case where a solicitor significantly overcharged an estate highlights the importance of how fees for dealing with estates should be charged.
  • Plan to raise probate fees dropped - read on to find out more.
  • The massive hike in probate fees planned for May is halted. But why?
  • Since the proposed new probate fees were announced, there has been an outcry, and some new guidance has been published.