Estate Administration & Probate

Estate Administration & Probate

Our specialist estate administration and probate lawyers have a wealth of experience acting for families, executors, beneficiaries and trustees following a death. The work that we undertake is often complex, high-profile and multi-jurisdictional. From managing the entire day-to-day administration of an estate to providing strategic advice on relevant tax issues, our team offer guidance and support to ensure a family's inheritance is protected now and in the future.

Where investments and assets are held across multiple jurisdictions we work closely with foreign lawyers and advisors to ensure a seamless service. The team frequently deal with applications to the UK Probate Registry in cases where foreign individuals die owning assets in the UK, whether or not they left a valid Will.

Clients also benefit from the support of our colleagues across the firm, including our specialist Real Estate, Corporate, Art and Luxury Assets teams.

Where disputes arise we work alongside our Private Wealth Disputes team, whose expertise extends from managing complex domestic and cross-border disputes through to coordinating international probate and trust litigation and asset tracing.

Services

  • Full management of the entire estate administration process for both domestic and international estates
  • Administering international estates involving assets in multiple jurisdictions
  • Dealing with all tax issues including the application of double tax treaties
  • Liaising with HM Revenue & Customs to negotiate and resolve valuation issues and the availability of tax reliefs
  • Obtaining grants of representation to deal with the UK assets of foreign resident and foreign domiciled individuals
  • Where it is possible to do so, applying for UK recognition of a foreign grant of probate (or equivalent)
  • Advising on conflicts of law between foreign forced heirship and UK succession rules including succession under Islamic law
  • Ensuring tax compliance and regulatory obligations are met

 

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