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compassionate probate & estate administration support and guidance

The death of a loved one is an emotional and upsetting time, without the added complication of managing the paperwork of the deceased. At Watson Thomas, we aim to remove the burden of the paperwork from you, leaving you to concentrate on your family.

After someone has died, you may be involved in the administration of his or her estate as a Personal Representative and called an “Executor” where there is a Will or an “Administrator” where there is not.

We are happy to accept instructions from Personal Representatives to advise on and, if required, carry through all or any of what is involved in the administration of an estate, according to the family’s wishes.

Decisions must always be made by the Personal Representatives, but at a time of bereavement it can be helpful if the whole administrative burden is lifted from the shoulders of the members of the family who would otherwise have to cope and we offer facilities to enable that to be done.

In most cases, a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration will need to be obtained. A Grant of Probate is obtained where there is a Will and Letters of Administration are obtained if there is no Will. The Grant of Probate and Letters Administration both enable the Executor or Administrator to gather in the assets to the Estate and distribute them in accordance with the terms of the deceased’s Will.

At Watson Thomas, we can assist you as much or as little as is required. We can offer a comprehensive service from arranging the funeral and house clearance/sale through to distribution of the Estate, or we can simply help you make the application for the Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. Whatever the Service you require, we will always offer clear fees and guidance so as to make matters as easy as possible for you at this time.

Our probate specialists handle the winding up of your estate with great sensitivity and understanding, and help your family and friends through what can be a very confusing and upsetting time.

We may be able to minimise the tax liabilities on the estate of the deceased and those of the beneficiaries by careful tax planning. This may involve Deeds of Variation or Family Arrangement.

On occasions there may be disputes between beneficiaries, Personal Representatives or those who want to make a claim against an estate – we can advise in these circumstances.

appointments:

We appreciate that you may not always be in a position to come to the office to see us, or that you may not be able to attend during office hours. This is why we offer flexible, out of hours’ appointments, so that we fit in around you. If you are unable to come to the office, we can come and see you in the comfort of your home.

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