Probate and estate administration

If you're administering the estate of someone who has died, Tees can guide you through the process from start to finish.

Angela Sewell, Cambridge

What is estate administration?

Estate administration handles all the finances, assets and debts of somebody who has died. This can be difficult experience for a family following a death. You’ve got enough on your hands without the stress of the extra work.

We can help you make sense of it all. Tees can take on the practical responsibilities, because we understand estate administration inside out. We've got the expertise to cover every angle, and sort every detail as quickly and tidily as possible. We're here to take some of the pressure off, and leave you free to deal with what's important.

How we can help you

We can help you through every step of administering an estate. From start to finish - and everything in-between. You can ask us to do as much, or as little, as you need.

Our expert probate solicitors will listen carefully to what you need, and take the time to really understand you. We'll explain your options in clear, plain English. Then we'll give you the best professional guidance on how to move forward.

What to do if there's no Will

For example, if there’s no will (otherwise known as intestacy) we’ll find out who’s entitled to manage the estate and who might benefit from it. Sometimes this involves complex trust rules that govern who gets what.

What to do if you need a Grant of Probate

Alternatively, you might need a grant of probate. This is the name of the process where there is a will that confirms the executors' authority to deal with the estate. 

But getting a grant of probate can be time consuming and stressful. You have to attend court and pay fees for a personal application. Instead, we can prepare all the papers and apply to the court on your behalf.

You can trust in Tees 

Every case is different. No matter what your individual circumstances might be, we can find a way to help.

For example, for the elderly and disabled we offer home visits if it's hard for you to get to our office. You can also ask our team for advice on all sorts of issues, such as:

  • Getting a grant
  • Inheritance tax, claiming reliefs and so on
  • General administration of an estate, including accounts
  • Post-death variations

A service tailored to you

You decide how much help you need – you might want some simple advice on how to manage the estate, or just to obtain the grant of probate, or you might want us to take on the whole job for you. Whatever you need and whenever you need it, our team is here to help. Call us now for a confidential chat, and we'll show you how we can help.

Call our Wills and Probate solicitors on 0800 0131165

For an initial chat, at no obligation, or fill out our enquiry form and a solicitor will get in touch.

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Probate FAQs

What is probate?

When someone dies, probate is the process of managing and passing on their property, money and other assets to others, once any debts, taxes and other costs have been paid. If the deceased person made a will, they will have named someone to carry out these tasks. That person is known as the Will's executor.

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What is a probate caveat on a will?

A probate caveat is a means to stop a probate application, for example if there is a dispute about the will or the persons applying for probate.  In order to enter a caveat, it is necessary to make an application to the Probate Registry.

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What is the keyworker death in service payment?

It’s a new guarantee on death in service benefit, which the Government has recently announced, for frontline health and care staff, during the Coronavirus pandemic.  Families of eligible health and care workers on the frontline in England, who die from coronavirus in the course of their frontline essential work, will receive a £60k payment.  

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Do I need to a Grant of Probate to get the keyworker death in service payment?

It will be necessary for the person claiming this benefit to provide either a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration.  These are legal documents which are obtained as part of managing a deceased person’s estate.  This is because one or other of these documents would determine to whom the lump sum should be paid. You can ask a solicitor to help you to obtain these documents.

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We understand your situation and our expert team are here to help

Get in touch to speak with someone who can help you move forward.

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