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Probate & Estate Administration

Seeking legal advice following a death can seem a daunting prospect at a distressing time. Our Private Wealth team has a great deal of experience of dealing with estates and can help to ease the burden by providing high quality legal advice in a sensitive, clear and timely manner.

There are different stages in the administration of an estate, ultimately leading to the distribution of the estate to those entitled under the Will (or under the law of intestacy if there is no Will).

Usually it will be necessary for the Executors to obtain a Grant of Probate in order to deal with the assets of the estate. Even where no inheritance tax is payable, this involves the completion of an Inheritance Tax return as well as the Probate application itself.

When the estate is subject to inheritance tax, a longer, more detailed Inheritance Tax Return is required. We understand the complex provisions of the inheritance tax legislation and the exacting requirements of H M Revenue & Customs. As a result, we can ensure all appropriate claims for reliefs and allowances are made. We can also deal with queries raised by HMRC.

Other taxes, such as capital gains tax and income tax may be relevant and there may be scope for mitigation.

Where the Will includes trusts, we can ensure the trusts are set up correctly and deal with HMRC in relation to the tax aspects.

As well as finalising the various tax aspects of the estate, we can advise on the potential benefits of Deeds of Variation.

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“Thanks very much for all the work you have done. You have made what could have been a difficult task into a smooth and easy passage. It is much appreciated."
Ms S

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"Very professional, with a caring attitude and I felt at ease in the surroundings"
Mrs M

"Antonia Cooper was helpful in every way and on the ball"
Dr H

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My husband and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for the caring and professional way in which you dealt with this matter on our behalf. It is much appreciated."
Mr & Mrs B

"The service we received was personal, personalised and extremely (pleasantly) professional. All advice appeared relevant and was gratefully received"
Mr & Mrs G

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“Antonia Cooper was excellent in every aspect. Personable, friendly and very efficient, acting promptly and appropriately. Thank you Antonia and supporting staff, you made it easier for us at a difficult time”
Mr C as executor of Mrs C

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"Friendly, informative and professional"
Mrs M

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"Very efficient and plain speaking, we were treated as people and not 'cheque books'. We appreciate the time taken with our work and the speed in which it was completed"
Mr D & Mrs A

"We were very pleased with the specific technical advice given on our French property, which no other solicitors we had talked to appeared to be aware of."
Mr & Mrs F - MK Accountants

“All staff were very friendly and helpful. We are elderly private clients who were relaxed by a professional who understood out complex needs and wishes and produced excellent Wills in a manner which made the business almost a pleasure.”
Mr & Mrs C - Will

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"Thank you for all your help on my and my family's affairs. I greatly appreciate the interest you take and the time and trouble you put into looking after us. This is invaluable."
Mrs L

"All round just Excellent!"
Mrs S

“She's pretty much top of the tree. She's charming, engaging, and you feel total confidence in her."
Chambers & Partners 2017


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"He acts proactively and is very bright. When speed is of the essence, he gets to the nub of the matter and does his absolute best to resolve it very quickly".
Client testimonial as featured in Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2016

"‘Daniel Curtis 'provides leadership and clear, practical advice’, heads a team at Hewitsons that ‘inspires confidence with its expertise and depth of experience’"
Legal 500 Legal Directory  2015

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"Hauke has dealt with the administration of my late mother and father's estate matters in a most professional and considerate way".
Mr G

"We found that Hauke dealt with the execution of my father's will in a kind and sensitive manner. He answered any queries quickly and efficiently. Many thanks."
 Mrs I

"Excellent service throughout the whole process. Everything was done with compassion and efficiency during the difficult process of my Mothers Estate."
Exec of Mrs B

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"Courteous and efficient throughout. Clear explanation of legal rquirements"
Mr C

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"Thank you for all your efforts over the last ten months. We’ve appreciated the fact that you’ve always kept us informed and the documentation has always been clear and concise"
Mr A & Mrs J

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"The service we received was excellent and everything was explained clearly"
Miss C

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"Just to say thank you for the way a delicate subject was dealt with in a very sensitive way by Kelly and other staff"
 Mrs R

"Thank you to all members of the staff who made you feel at ease and very courteous"
Mrs H

"We were very happy with the service Kelly provided us when sorting out our will - Friendly and Helpful"
Mr & Mrs W

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"Congratulations and thanks for a job done so well that no words can express our deep gratitude.
Right from the outset since our initial contact until the very end, we found you all to be the most professional, highly experienced and most co-operative team anyone can dream of. Hats off to you all."
Mr D

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"We have nothing but praise for the skill and care you have shown and the excellent advice you have given us."
Mrs A

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“The service we received was personal, personalised and extremely (pleasantly) professional. All advice appeared relevant and was gratefully received!”
Mr & Mrs G

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“First class service given by your representitive Claire Tuohy. We were so very well informed and the whole process could not have been more efficient.”
Mr & Mrs W

"Claire Tuohy was very helpful and explained things clearly. I would certainly recommend her."
Mrs N

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"We were very pleased with the level of knowledge and explanations given to us. The Staff were very friendly and commodating to our needs. Thank you!"
Mr & Mrs B