Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of life’s most challenging experiences, and during such times, navigating the estate administration process can be overwhelming. Let us help you.
What’s included in the full administration service?
An initial meeting with Katherine Oakes and any follow up meetings.
All VAT payable on our charges so the quote you receive is the full amount you will pay.
All Disbursements payable, for example, Probate Court fees.
Guidance on any Inheritance Tax and potential Capital Gains Tax liability.
Support on post-death variations, including Deeds of Variation and Deeds of Appointment.
Flexibility in conducting the entire process in person or electronically, according to your preference.
Reviewing and checking the Death Certificate.
Reviewing and checking the deeds of the property, if there is one.
Review of the Will (if there is one) and comprehensive advice on its content and meaning.
Guidance on the intestacy provisions if there is no Will.
Identification of all the assets and liabilities of the estate and arranging valuation to be carried out.
Handling matters relating to the property such as utilities, insurance, and estate agents, if required.
Preparing the IHT forms for you to approve and sign to send to HMRC and arranging the payment of Inheritance Tax, if required.
Preparing the probate paperwork for you to approve and sign.
Application to the Probate Registry for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
Handling of any queries raised by the Probate Registry and HMRC.
Expert advice on locating any lost assets and assistance in locating missing beneficiaries, if applicable.
Advice on statutory advertising to protect the Executors or Administrators and placing Trustee Act Notice Notices, if required.
Receipt and review of the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.
Paying any debits and liabilities of the estate.
Disposing/selling of the estate assets including shares, property and chattels.
Communicating with the beneficiaries and other interested parties.
Obtaining ID from the beneficiaries and providing expert advice on bankruptcy searches.
Liaising with HMRC regarding any Income Tax and Capital Gian Tax liability.
Preparing Estate Accounts for approval.
Distributing the estate.
Legal advice and unwavering support throughout the entire process
Can I come in for a chat?
Yes, Katherine Oakes offers a free initial meeting where you can discuss the estate in a confidential and supportive environment. This allows you to get a comprehensive understanding of the options available to you on how to administer the estate as well as answering any questions you may have. It is then up to you if you wish to instruct her to do further work.
I have already begin handling the administration of the estate but I am struggling.
If you have already begun the estate administration process and wish to have a professional take over or prefer expert guidance from the outset, our team is ready to assist you in managing the estate smoothly and effectively.
Katherine Oakes offers a free initial meeting where you can discuss the estate in a confidential and supportive environment. This allows you to get a comprehensive understanding of the options available to you on how to administer the estate as well as answering any questions you may have.
How long does it take?
Typically, the administration of estates can take between 6 to 12 months. However, larger estates, those subject to inheritance tax, or properties that need to be sold may require a longer duration.
The executor (or administrator) doesn’t want to act, what can I do?
In the event that the executor or administrator feels they are unable to handle the estate, there are several options that can be considered. To explore these options and get professional guidance, you can take advantage of Katherine Oakes free initial meeting. She will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the available options for administering the estate on behalf of someone else. Additionally, any questions you may have will be addressed, ensuring you have all the necessary information to make an informed decision about the estate and the best way to proceed.
Why instruct Ames Kent?
Transparent Pricing: When we furnish you with a written quote, rest assured that the price will remain unchanged unless the original information provided by you is incorrect or unforeseen circumstances arise.
All-Inclusive Fees: Our fees already encompass the VAT and any additional expenses, so the amount we quote you is the final amount you’ll pay. No hidden charges or surprises.
No Upfront Costs: You won’t encounter any upfront payments as our probate and estate administration fees are only payable from the estate once there are funds available.
Full Accountability: At Ames Kent, we take complete responsibility for managing the entire estate administration process on your behalf. You can rely on our expertise and commitment to handle it accurately and diligently.
Comprehensive Legal Advice: We provide expert legal advice to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring that you are well-informed and confident in your decisions.
Unwavering Support: Our team is dedicated to offering continuous support during the entire process, addressing your concerns and queries promptly.