Administration of Estates.

Administration of Estates.

Our estate administration service is founded on the principles of sensitivity and care, delivering practical and straightforward advice when you need it most.

In addition to wills and probate services, our estate administration lawyers also provide legal advice in all aspects of inheritance planning.

We have considerable experience in estate administration when:

  • There is a will
  • There isn’t a will (intestate estates)
  • There are business assets
  • There are agricultural assets
  • There are overseas assets
  • Taxable and non-taxable estate

We also provide a service to assist personal representatives in simply obtaining the Grant of Representation.

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Our Estate Administration Expertise

Our solicitors have years of experience in estate administration matters. Get in touch today and one of our team will be in touch.

Who do we help?
  • Executors and administrators
  • Beneficiaries
  • Individuals
  • Business and landowners
  • Families
  • Charities
How can Lanyon Bowdler solicitors help?

Personal, family and business affairs can be very complicated and challenging on a number of levels, so it’s important to seek advice from someone you can trust to ensure the best decisions and correct procedures are carried out at every step.

The dedicated Estate Administration 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.

Podcast - 'Private Client' what it is and what we do

This episode talks about “Private Client” it is a term used in the legal profession, but the average person doesn’t really know what it means. We chat about several aspects, including trusts, lasting powers of attorney, along with the process around wills and why it’s so important to make one.

Your Estate Administration questions answered

What does an administrator of an estate do?

The administrator of an estate is the person who has been appointed to handle the distribution of the estate of a deceased person who has not left a will. In this case, the court will confirm who should make all the necessary arrangements for the estate. This person is known as an administrator, and has many of the same responsibilities as the executor of a will.

What is a personal representative?

A personal representative is either an executor or an administrator.

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)
  • Calculating and paying the right amount of Inheritance Tax
  • Distributing the estate of the deceased to the beneficiaries
  • Preparing estate accounts

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.

Testimonials

What our clients say.

All the staff at your Bromyard branch are a credit to your company!

Mrs Hughes
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An efficient process.

P Jackson
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Facing one’s own mortality is not easy. Lanyon Bowdler’s solicitor made the whole process less emotional and I was confident that my loved ones would find it relatively pain free and easier to cope. I would recommend Lanyon Bowdler without reservation or hesitation.

Anonymous
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Since dealing with Lanyon Bowdler they have been diligent, efficient and at all times very helpful along with being structured in dealing with matters, fees and clarity on all levels. Thank you.

Michael
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I was clearly informed of progress step by step. The service you provided was very good.

Peter Weston
Shrewsbury

All work carried out effectively and efficiently.

Hubert Jones
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I felt safe that Lanyon Bowdler understood both my concerns and requirements. I would use again and recommend.

Anonymous
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An excellent service with solicitors that you can talk to and who give you a clear understanding of all necessary legal implications and interpretations.

Eric
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From start to finish we had excellent service. Friendly, approachable and professional.

Carl Gittins
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Very clear, concise advice and guidance, easy to understand.

Ian Jamieson
Telford

Good service provided throughout with clear communication throughout with all options explored.

Lee

I can thoroughly recommend the highly professional and supportive service received over the last few months.

Heather
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Responsive, supportive, approachable, clear and empathetic.

Lisa Thacker

Professional and prompt communication. Supportive and client focused.

Lisa Thacker
Jennifer M Whittall Ltd

Whenever I have had need to contact Lanyon Bowdler I have always received a fast, concise and friendly response.

Lee Mortimer
UK Case Management

Definitely would use Lanyon Bowdler again if I need the use of a solicitor.

Mark Bowkett
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Smooth and efficient service from very professional firm.

Tim
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We were particularly impressed with the quality of work, the speed and excellent communication.

Allenby Douglas Ltd
Oswestry

Very friendly and approachable. Very good advice

Ivor Brown
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Very professional and approachable. I was updated as to progress regularly. The final costs reflected good value for the service provided.

David Fedrick
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Great Service; Lanyon Bowdler were excellent from the outset. Straightforward and easy process. I just sat back and waited.

Paul Rowe
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Everything has been professional, efficient and courteous throughout and we are very pleased, both with the service and with the eventual outcome of our case. Everything was first class and exceeded our expectations. Thank you again for providing such splendid service. It is really appreciated.

Mr N J & Dr S J Browne
Llanfyllin

Get in Touch with our Solicitors

If you have any queries relating to estate administration, 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, Shrewsbury, 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 law firm, we regularly act for clients on a wide range of estate administration issues. We can represent you wherever you live in England or Wales.

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Our people

Meet the team.

Edward Rees
Edward Rees
Partner
Wills & Probate | Estate Planning | Lasting Powers of Attorney
David Pugh
David Pugh
Partner
Wills & Probate | Estate Planning | Lasting Powers of Attorney
Karl Beckett
Karl Beckett
Partner
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Kevin Thomas
Kevin Thomas
Partner
Wills & Probate | Estate Planning | Lasting Powers of Attorney
Louise Browne
Louise Browne
Legal Assistant
Wills & Probate | Estate Planning | Lasting Powers of Attorney
Dani Sharma
Dani Sharma
Legal Support Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Chloe Michie
Chloe Michie
Legal Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Clare Jones
Clare Jones
Legal Support Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Kelly Hughes
Kelly Hughes
Legal Support Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Emma Deering
Emma Deering
Associate Legal Executive (FCILEX)
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Mai Lewis
Mai Lewis
Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Georgina Hughes
Georgina Hughes
Associate Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Vanessa Ford
Vanessa Ford
Legal Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Hollie Daniels
Hollie Daniels
Legal Support Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Clare Boote
Clare Boote
Legal Secretary
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Sophie Burgoyne
Sophie Burgoyne
Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Charles Almond
Charles Almond
Consultant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Sioned Williams
Sioned Williams
Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Liane Helies
Liane Helies
Legal Support Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Nicola Smith
Nicola Smith
Legal Support Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Sam Russell
Sam Russell
Trainee Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Julie Langford
Julie Langford
Legal Assistant
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Kate Lawson
Kate Lawson
Associate Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Jan Hope
Jan Hope
Legal Secretary
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Val Howard
Val Howard
Legal Secretary
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Aimee Johnson
Aimee Johnson
Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
Angharad Hird
Angharad Hird
Associate Solicitor
Wills & Probate | Lasting Powers of Attorney | Estate Planning
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Inheritance Act Claim

The deceased was a businessman, who owned various properties and other assets. He also owned the family home, where he h...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Seaman’s Will Upheld

Lanyon Bowdler acted on behalf of a claimant who successfully applied to the High Court to revoke a grant of letters of ...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Contentious Probate Disputes

The team at Lanyon Bowdler successfully acted for a claimant whose partner died, without leaving a Will, so that his who...
Charles Almond • 26 Feb 2024
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Testate Case Study

Claire acted on a will dispute claim on behalf of a widower, whose estranged wife had died leaving a Will giving the who...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Executors to a Will – Duties Explained

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Estates and Farming Disputes – Edward Rees and Claire Vale

We discuss the various types of farming disputes affecting the estates of farmers, sharing a few scenarios, including on...
Published • 28 May 2024
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Lanyon Bowdler offer four to six training contracts each year and welcome candidates from all avenues, whether they...
Kelly Reynolds • 18 Apr 2024
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Mutually Irrevocable Wills and Why You Should Never do Them – Edward Rees and Claire Vale

Mirror wills allow for updates and amendments, which better reflects how lives can change....
Published • 17 Apr 2024
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Should I be a Trustee for a Trust? – Edward Rees and Aimee Johnson

Edward & Aimee discuss the various types of trusts, pointing out what you'd potentially be responsible for as a trustee....
Published • 09 Apr 2024
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I Just Want a Simple Will! – Emma Deering and Sioned Williams

People often contact us saying "I just need a simple will!" But often it turns out not to be the case. ...
Published • 25 Mar 2024
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Inheritance Act Claim

The deceased was a businessman, who owned various properties and other assets. He also owned the family home, where he h...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Seaman’s Will Upheld

Lanyon Bowdler acted on behalf of a claimant who successfully applied to the High Court to revoke a grant of letters of ...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Contentious Probate Disputes

The team at Lanyon Bowdler successfully acted for a claimant whose partner died, without leaving a Will, so that his who...
Charles Almond • 26 Feb 2024
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Testate Case Study

Claire acted on a will dispute claim on behalf of a widower, whose estranged wife had died leaving a Will giving the who...
Claire Vale • 26 Feb 2024
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Private Client: Hot news! – Edward Rees and Aimee Johnson

In this episode, Edward and Aimee discuss all things wills....
Published • 19 Feb 2024
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Is My Will Watertight?

The short answer is no. However, there are a range of options available in order to mitigate the risk of family mem...
Kelly Reynolds • 14 Feb 2024
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