Estate administration means handling someone’s legal and tax affairs after they have died.
Legal duties like distributing assets, paying debts and dealing with inheritance tax can be a burden at the best of times. When you are also trying to cope with the death of a loved one, the pressure can be overwhelming.
If you have been named as the executor of an estate, our experienced estate administration solicitors can help you carry out your legal responsibilities, putting your mind at ease and helping you avoid costly mistakes and disputes.
Our friendly team is always available in Wilmslow and Bramhall to offer support, advice and compassion while helping carry out someone’s final wishes.
Why use Sinclair Law Solicitors?
- Free 30-minute consultation so we can get to know you and your individual needs
- Jargon-free friendly service
- Avoid expensive mistakes, delays and disputes with expert advice
- A solicitor by your side through every step of the process
- Transparent pricing with no nasty surprises
- Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
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Your key contact
Jobeth Copping-Barrett, Solicitor & Head of the Private Client Department
Jobeth is passionate about helping people through emotionally difficult times. She prides herself on being compassionate, supportive and open with all her clients.
Jobeth has answered some of the most commonly asked questions below. If you need specific advice, book a free 30-minute consultation with Jobeth today. Call: 01625 526 222.
Estate Administration FAQs
What could be involved in estate administration?
Every estate is different, but there are various stages of the estate administration process which are required in most cases, such as:
- Gathering information
- Preparing tax forms and applying for the grant
- Closing accounts
- Completing the legal forms
- Selling and transferring assets, paying debts and discharging liabilities
- Selling property
- Finalising tax work
- Producing estate accounts
- Distributing the estate and residue accordingly
Who is responsible for estate administration?
The executor, who applies for the Grant of Probate, or the administrator, who applies for letters of administration (in matters where there is no will) is responsible for the estate administration.
It is important to note that whoever takes responsibility for carrying out the role of administrator could be held personally liable for any deliberate mismanagement. The above is a general guide to what an administrator is typically required to do during probate, but these tasks can vary depending on the circumstances of each individual estate.
If you are acting as the administrator of an estate and you are unsure of what is involved or need help with the probate process, our specialist probate solicitors are ready to help you.
In most cases, the administrator of the estate is compensated for their duties – as managing an estate through probate can be a time-consuming process. Often, the deceased opts to leave money or other assets to the administrator within their will.
Can an administrator of an estate sell a property?
Another common question about estate planning is whether an administrator of an estate can sell the deceased person’s property. Generally speaking, the administrator can sell the property in order to pay outstanding debts on behalf of the estate.
Do I need a solicitor to administer an estate?
You do not need a solicitor to administer an estate, though traditionally it is recommended that you work with one. The reason for this is that most individuals do not have estate planning experience and the probate process can be complex. A solicitor can provide guidance as you navigate court proceedings.
How much does estate administration cost?
Please contact us for more information.