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Administration of Estates


Acting as a personal representative in administering an estate after a death can be one of the hardest things to be involved with - particularly when it involves a member of the family or a friend.

As well as having to come to terms with the emotional aspect of the loss, there is the added difficulty of being in unfamiliar territory. The personal representative is suddenly immersed in a situation they know little or nothing about and faced with complex issues they are expected to deal with.

What does a personal representative have to do?

The whole process can be a trying and lengthy experience which will involve negotiating several stages, any one of which could worsen an already difficult situation and create further problems between grieving relatives.

These stages include:

  • Registering the death and organising the funeral
  • Obtaining a Grant of Representation (probate)
  • Working out and paying the right amount of Inheritance Tax
  • Distributing the estate of the deceased to the beneficiaries

Trying to cope alone at such a difficult time can prove too much and be an extremely stressful experience. By seeking help from professionals who deal with these matters on a daily basis, you will have the benefit of knowing that things will be handled correctly and with the wishes of the deceased always the top priority.

What happens if someone dies without a Will?

The situation can be particularly difficult when someone dies without leaving a Will, which is known as intestate. Estate administrators often don’t know where to start in sorting things out in these cases, not knowing who should get what and when.

In such cases, intestacy rules apply and your specialist team at Lanyon Bowdler will advise you on what to do and when to see the estate is processed and assets are awarded correctly. This can be a very difficult task and may ultimately involve genealogists or advising on statutory trusts.

All through the process you may be involved in dealing with relatives or other parties who feel they are entitled to part of the estate. This is another area where the experience of your Lanyon Bowdler team can be brought to bear and you will be able to rely on our advice in helping you deal with these situations correctly.

Being a personal representative carries a heavy burden of ensuring the right procedures are carried out and everything that needs to be done is carried out correctly.

How can Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors help?

Personal and business affairs can be very complicated, and family issues can be complex and fraught with difficulty, so it’s important to seek advice from someone you can trust to ensure the correct procedure is carried out at every step.

Our dedicated team at Lanyon Bowdler has many years experience in this area of the law and can complete all relevant documents on your behalf, along with guiding you through what can be one of the most traumatic times in your life.

This can involve obtaining probate, collecting and encashing assets and paying liabilities, such as tax, allowing you time to devote to the people who really matter in these circumstances - family and close friends.

Get in touch with Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors

Our team will be able to answer all your questions and guide you through what needs doing and when.

We will talk you through the process at each stage, in uncomplicated and jargon-free language, enabling you to reach the right conclusions and know that all aspects have been dealt with in the right way.

Please call or use the online contact form and a member of the team will get in touch directly.

Lanyon Bowdler have offices with expert teams of solicitors in Hereford, Bromyard, Shropshire, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford, and Conwy in North Wales.

We are one of the most recognised law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading national law firm, we regularly act for clients all over the UK on a wide range of estate administration issues. We can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.


As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

Prompt response, clear advice.

- Dr A Geeson & Dr N Geeson, Hereford

Very quick at sorting our Wills. He was great to deal with, nice guy!

- Mr L Onions & Mrs E Onions, Craven Arms

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