Our team helps you deal with the administration of the estate following the death of a family member or friend. You may be a personal representative or a beneficiary.

We advise on matters such as:

  • preparing the grant application and completing the HM Revenue Account
  • Inheritance Tax deductions and reliefs
  • Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax and the completion of Tax Returns
  • Deeds of Variation and post-death tax planning
  • dealing with enquiries from HM Revenue & Customs
  • constituting nil-rate-band trusts
  • insolvent estates
  • charities and unincorporated associations on gifts from estates in collaboration with the charity and social business team
  • cross-border succession and multi-jurisdiction estate issues in collaboration with the French team

Our specialist contentious probate team can advise on any disputes arising over an estate.

Our team and approach

  • Our highly qualified and experienced probate team can handle complex estates. The team is led by Richard Frimston, who contributes a regular column on cross-border issues to the journal of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is a co-author of International Aspects of Family Law, published by Resolution, the organisation for family lawyers.
  • We have particular expertise in cross-border estates, issues of foreign succession (especially those relating to France) and domicile issues, as well as business property and heritage issues.
  • Many of our clients are high-net-worth individuals, members of the legal and accountancy professions and people working at a senior level in the financial sector.
  • We appreciate that clients instruct us at a difficult time in their lives and understand the importance of giving clear, timely, practical advice. 
  • We also deal with less complex estates taking on what can be a substantial administrative burden. 

Please also refer to our related page on probate for more information on the work we do.

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Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

We may also be able to offer fixed priced options for clients depending on their budget and the size, type and complexity of the work involved.

We would be pleased to discuss your requirements free of charge and tailor a costs proposal accordingly.