A personal service when it is needed most.

In the extremely difficult and upsetting time following the death of a family member or other loved one, there are many things you have to attend to and consider. Dealing with the legalities should be made as straightforward and stress-free as possible. You need the support of an empathetic adviser who can provide you with clear, pragmatic guidance to ensure that the estate is administered correctly, promptly, tax-efficiently and in a way that fulfils the wishes of the deceased.

Our Probate team provides practical, tailored advice to families, executors and beneficiaries on the administration of estates after death. This could involve the transfer of assets to future generations or ensuring a family business continues running or is passed to a child or spouse. People’s lives can be complicated and the estates we deal with are often complex, high value and spanning across multiple jurisdictions.

We advise on business, agricultural and heritage property reliefs from inheritance tax and post-death variations, as well as preparing inheritance tax accounts, obtaining grants of probate and negotiating valuations with HMRC. Our team has significant experience in dealing with cross-border succession issues, working with advisers in other jurisdictions to ensure that estates are administered in a coordinated way, obtaining UK grants for foreign people who died owning UK assets, and re-sealing Commonwealth grants and English grants overseas.

Please visit our price & service information page for more information regarding these services.

A personal service when it is needed most.

In the extremely difficult and upsetting time following the death of a family member or other loved one, there are many things you have to attend to and consider. Dealing with the legalities should be made as straightforward and stress-free as possible. You need the support of an empathetic adviser who can provide you with clear, pragmatic guidance to ensure that the estate is administered correctly, promptly, tax-efficiently and in a way that fulfils the wishes of the deceased.

Our Probate team provides practical, tailored advice to families, executors and beneficiaries on the administration of estates after death. This could involve the transfer of assets to future generations or ensuring a family business continues running or is passed to a child or spouse. People’s lives can be complicated and the estates we deal with are often complex, high value and spanning across multiple jurisdictions.

We advise on business, agricultural and heritage property reliefs from inheritance tax and post-death variations, as well as preparing inheritance tax accounts, obtaining grants of probate and negotiating valuations with HMRC. Our team has significant experience in dealing with cross-border succession issues, working with advisers in other jurisdictions to ensure that estates are administered in a coordinated way, obtaining UK grants for foreign people who died owning UK assets, and re-sealing Commonwealth grants and English grants overseas.

Please visit our price & service information page for more information regarding these services.

Inheritance tax in probate

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Our team has an in depth specialist knowledge of inheritance tax and we assist clients to successfully apply for various reliefs, discounts and exemptions when preparing the inheritance tax account.  These include business property relief, agricultural property relief, the joint ownership discount, acceptance in lieu claims, normal expenditure out of income exemption, and the reduced rate of inheritance tax where 10% or more of the estate has been left to charity.

Post death variations

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Post death variations can help to achieve an outcome for succession and tax purposes which is in the best interests of the family and beneficiaries. We are often instructed by clients to redirect assets they have inherited by will or intestacy. These variations might include increasing individual cash legacies, ensuring that tax exemptions and reliefs are utilised, for example by varying the terms of an intestacy where the deceased was survived by their spouse and children.

Cross-border probate

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When instructed in relation to the administration of estates with assets in multiple jurisdictions, we not only assist the personal representatives with the probate process in England and Wales but also work with advisers in other jurisdictions to coordinate the cross-jurisdictional estate administration, taking into account foreign succession and tax laws.  Where a grant of probate has been obtained in a commonwealth country, an application can be made to reseal the probate document in the UK, which speeds up the process.


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Inheritance tax in probate

Our team has an in depth specialist knowledge of inheritance tax and we assist clients to successfully apply for various reliefs, discounts and exemptions when preparing the inheritance tax account.  These include business property relief, agricultural property relief, the joint ownership discount, acceptance in lieu claims, normal expenditure out of income exemption, and the reduced rate of inheritance tax where 10% or more of the estate has been left to charity.


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Post death variations

Post death variations can help to achieve an outcome for succession and tax purposes which is in the best interests of the family and beneficiaries. We are often instructed by clients to redirect assets they have inherited by will or intestacy. These variations might include increasing individual cash legacies, ensuring that tax exemptions and reliefs are utilised, for example by varying the terms of an intestacy where the deceased was survived by their spouse and children.


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Cross-border probate

When instructed in relation to the administration of estates with assets in multiple jurisdictions, we not only assist the personal representatives with the probate process in England and Wales but also work with advisers in other jurisdictions to coordinate the cross-jurisdictional estate administration, taking into account foreign succession and tax laws.  Where a grant of probate has been obtained in a commonwealth country, an application can be made to reseal the probate document in the UK, which speeds up the process.

View our Probate Lawyers:

Peter Daniel

Peter Daniel

Partner - Head of Private Wealth

Talk to Peter about Probate & Trusts, tax & estate planning

Francis Merritt

Francis Merritt

Chartered Legal Executive

Talk to Francis about Contentious trusts & probate & Probate