Overview Can we help?

The loss of a family member or close friend is a traumatic experience. You may not feel ready to deal with the complexities of administering the estate, or indeed know what needs to be done next.

At Whitehead Monckton we have an experienced team who can help you with the paperwork and bureaucracy involved, guiding you though the decisions and actions needed.  The service is personal to you – designed to offer as much support as you need – not a “one size fits all” approach.

What is the role of an Executor or Personal Representative?

In summary, the Executor or Personal Representative (PR) has the responsibility to carry out the deceased person’s wishes and to distribute the estate in line with those wishes.  We have set out more details about the responsibilities of Executors in our guide to intestacy rules.

If you wish to handle most of the estate administration, we can provide advice and support through each step.  Alternatively, if you prefer, we can assume responsibility for all of the administration, contacting all the necessary banks and financial firms to value any assets and liabilities.  This could include experts to value houses, possessions and valuables such as jewellery.

Inheritance Tax

Estates with value over the Inheritance Nil rate band, currently £325,000, may be liable to Inheritance Tax. As part of the administration it is necessary to calculate the Inheritance tax liability and to ensure the correct amount of tax is paid. In addition to our expertise in administering estates, we can provide specialist advice on inheritance tax planning.

Completion of the administration

At the end of the administration of the estate, a detailed set of accounts is produced setting out what has been dealt with and how the estate has been distributed.  Again we are able to complete this stage of the administration for you or if you prefer provide guidance.

How much will it cost?

Our costs will depend on the amount of work we complete and how much of the administration you wish us to handle.   Therefore, before we start work on your behalf, we will give you a clear picture of the specific work we will undertake and the costs involved.  As the administration progresses, if more work than anticipated is required we will keep you informed and highlight the impact it can have on the costs, thus avoiding any surprises.

Other areas where we can help:

Property

In many cases as part of the estate administration, property may need to be valued or sold.  We can complete the sale transaction through our Residential Conveyancing team, helping to simplify the process.  It may be there are complications over the title of any property, and again our team can investigate and help to resolve any issues. We also have close links with numerous chartered surveyors to facilitate the valuation process. 

Investments

If as a result of the estate administration there are investments to be reviewed and managed, we are able to refer you to the team of investment advisers at Raymond James Investment Services Limited, Weald of Kent branch, who will be able to offer you comprehensive investment advice. Raymond James Weald of Kent is headed by Mark Beaney, Branch Principal, who has worked with Whitehead Monckton for many years. 

Disputes can happen

There are instances where the estate administration is not completed amicably.  It may be some family members do not feel the executors carried out their duties correctly or that individuals were not given adequate provision.  With more complex family arrangements cases of contentious probate are becoming more common.  We have a specialist team dealing with these types of disputes and can assist you, whether you are the executor completing the administration or someone who feels the administration has not been correctly handled. See our "Disputes about Wills and Estates" page for more details.

Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS)

We are also delighted to be an accredited member of the Law Society’s Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS). Being a member of WIQS demonstrates that we follow best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored wills and probate advice to consumers.  All members of our “Tax and Estate” team are WIQS accredited. Please see our "WIQS Client Charter" for the benefits of using a WIQS accredited firm.

 

Related Case Studies
The advice I was given was precise, and clear explanations given as required. In addition the process was completed within a week as requested by me and at no additional cost. I have no hesitation in recommending the Tax and Estate Planning department of Whitehead Monckton. 
I would like to thank you for all  your help and support in dealing with my mother’s share of her property and for always replying promptly to my phone calls and correspondence, I would also like to  thank your secretary Colleen for her assistance as well.
Roy Hall
Thank you for being very patient and for explaining things clearly and simply and for guiding us all through all the processes  so smoothly.We will be in touch with you if we have any further need for this kind of work but hopefully that will not be too soon.
Alison Thomas
We wish to thank Whitehead Monckton for the exemplary service we received from your Company. Alison Loram progressed the property legalities with calm efficiency, explaining each step simply and professionally. Garry Warman updated our Wills with great skill, leading us through the legal jargon pat...
I learned yesterday how it is so easy not to get the right advice and very costly and I am extra grateful to you for your excellent advice and all the support you have shown me throughout this ordeal. 

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