Probate and Estate Administration
Helping clients with Probate and Estate Administration in Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, North Shields, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
The loss of a loved one is a very emotional and distressing time. When all you want to do is come to terms with your loss, there are the formalities and practicalities of dealing with the Will and probate. Some people feel they need to keep busy and do as much as possible themselves. Others feel they have enough to cope with and don't want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, legal issues and worried about tax implications. Most people will never have been involved in administering an estate or probate and can become confused by a host of legal terms and procedures. However much assistance you need, we can ease the burden for you.
A grant of representation may be required to administer the estate (called 'probate' where there is a Will or 'letters of administration' where there is no Will). However, if the estate is modest or all assets are jointly owned, it may not be necessary to obtain a grant at all. Initial advice is free and a quick telephone call to us will usually provide the answer.
We will provide:
- A Free meeting or telephone advice to explain the initial steps you need to take
- competitive fixed fees
- evening and weekend appointments at no extra charge
- home visits at no extra charge
- advice on the procedure, your responsibilities and choices and, where appropriate, tax planning using deeds of variation or family arrangement
With over 18 years experience in will writing, probate and estate administration, we have administered hundreds of estates, large and small. Juliette Adie is a member the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Solicitors for the Elderly and the Association of Taxation Technicians and has the knowledge and experience to finalise the estate efficiently and cost effectively to give you peace of mind.
Our fee will depend upon how much, or how little, you ask us to do. This gives you total control over the costs. We charge only for the work carried out and do not charge a percentage based on the value of the estate. If you merely need us to deal with the inheritance tax papers and obtain the grant of representation from the probate court then the fee will be as little as £250 (plus court and commissioners fees of around £70 in total). If you need a little more help then we will agree a fixed fee before we start. Our fee will be payable from the estate when money becomes available so you won't be asked for money up front to pay our fee.