Probate and

When you have been appointed as an executor, Thursfields’ full estate administration service saves you time and stress. Even a seemingly routine estate administration can become complex and time-consuming. Occasionally, the process is further complicated by disagreements over the deceased’s will.

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Our Probate & Estate Administration Services

Whether you’re expecting a relatively stress-free process or are dealing with a more complex situation, our compassionate team is here to help.

Thursfields’ probate and estate solicitors can help with the following:

  • Estate and Probate administration
  • Deeds of Variation
  • Disclaiming inheritances
  • Administering agricultural assets
  • Administering business assets
  • Interpretation of a last will and testament

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Estate and Probate Legal Advice

With Thursfields you can take confidence in knowing that a full-service law firm is managing the deceased’s estate with compassion and expertise.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to probate and estate administration. Every estate presents its own unique circumstances and challenges.

We take pride in offering a comprehensive service that is tailored to your needs, while simplifying the steps towards a resolution. In addition, we appreciate that, especially during family disputes, a delicate approach may be required to find a satisfactory outcome.

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Probate & Estate Administration Lawyers

Whatever your circumstances, our team provides tailored probate and estate administration advice that you can rely upon.

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Tracy Ashby

Director, Head of Private Client

Tracy leads Thursfields’ Private Client team and has vast experience in all aspects of private client law, assisting clients with Wills and Inheritance Tax planning, Probate and the administering of estates, Trusts, Court of Protection applications, Lasting Power of Attorney, protection of vulnerable adults and all issues relating to care funding.

Tracy’s expertise and knowledge ensures that she puts her clients at ease and delivers complicated advice in an easy to understand manner.

Tracy is ranked in Chambers High Net Worth and features in the Legal 500.

Sophie Donovan

Sophie Donovan

Director, Head of Estate Administration

Sophie heads Thursfields Estate Administration team and is an experienced Solicitor specialising in all areas of Private Client Law, advising clients with Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Administering Estates.

Sophie’s focus is client led, offering reassurance in complex matters and working collaboratively with the client to achieve an outcome in an efficient and supportive manner to meet the client’s needs.

Sophie is an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioner.


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Probate Legal Advice

With You in Mind

The administering of an estate can be a complex process that is difficult to fulfil without qualified, impartial assistance. Matters can become complex when the deceased had business assets, there are family disputes, or when recovering debts becomes challenging. However, the administration process can be simplified by handing the responsibility to experienced probate and estate lawyers.

Thursfields’ solicitors have wide-ranging experience in areas like Deeds of Variation, disclaiming inheritance and the administering of business assets. We also specialise in helping clients to administer agricultural assets.

Our versatile estate team offers practical assistance across a range of circumstances whether you require a grant only or full administration service.

Dealing with a family business

If the deceased had business interests, there are additional considerations about which an executor should seek specialist advice. Our expert corporate lawyers will guide you through the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

When a person passes away and they have property and assets, the estate will need to be administered. This can be dealt with either by applying for a Grant of Probate, where there is a Will, or Grant of Letters of Administration where there is no Will or Grant of Letters of Administration with Will annexed (where there is a Will and the Executors cannot act for whatever reason).

Probate is the end-to-end process of administering a deceased person’s estate. This process covers the organisation of all money, assets and possessions to first cover the deceased’s debts before distributing the remainder as inheritance.

The three grants types are:

  • Grant of probate: Issued if administration of the estate will be carried out by the Will’s named executor.
  • Grant of letters of administration with Will annexed: Issued if no executors were appointed or the named executor is unwilling/unable to administrate.
  • Grant of letters of administration: Issued if the deceased died intestate (without a will).

The role involves obtaining valuations of the assets and the values of the liabilities as at the date of death. An estate administrator deals with a deceased person’s estate. The role involves estate valuation, calculating and settling inheritance tax, collecting assets, settling debts, and contacting beneficiaries (those who will benefit from the estate). The final step of what can be a 12-18 month process to distribute the estate among beneficiaries.

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