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Probate & Estate Administration

Probate and Estate Administration needs careful management to avoid pitfalls for Executors and Beneficiaries. Even with a professionally prepared Will in place Executors may still require expert help in order to administer the Estate.

At Hansells, we take a sympathetic but very practical approach to the complete process, from registering the death and arranging the funeral, to the completion of the Estate administration. We’ll make sure you know your duties as an Executor, or if necessary, advise you on Intestacy, which is what happens when someone dies without a Will.

You’ll also need to be aware of taxation requirements, such as Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax, and we can help there, too.

Most importantly, we’ll give you a clear indication of the costs and a very helpful ‘timeline’ so that you’ll be able to understand and plan the entire sequence of the administration.

Accreditations

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

Our experienced team also includes a number of solicitors who are accredited by STEP, whose members are required to acquire additional technical qualifications and are subject to a Code of Professional Conduct, which requires them at all times to act with integrity and in a manner that inspires the confidence, respect and trust of their clients and of the wider community.  STEP members are also required to keep up to date with the latest legal, technical and regulatory developments.

Our STEP acccredited members are Philip Norton, Helen Cordingley, Mari Vallgren, Hayley Pettitt and Clare van Poortvliet.

Gemma Hambright is an Affiliate member.

Jennifer George is a member of SFE.  SFE members are all specialists in older client law, but what sets SFE members apart from other lawyers are their specialist client care skills that enable them to advise and support older and vulnerable clients.  – click here to view our Code of Practice and Client Care Procedures.  Samantha Loombe is an Associate Member of SFE.

Felicity Elsmore is also a Panel Deputy for the Court of Protection.

Client feedback…….

Thank you again for coming in this morning and a very big thank you for the meeting no other way to phrase it, but you were brilliant. You managed to explain all the details of the problems we could face then carefully and diplomatically come up with solutions that achieved the recommended conclusions – (GW [3/2016]