Probate and Estate Administration

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. At such a difficult and upsetting time we will do everything we can to make the process of administering the estate as straightforward as possible. If you have been appointed as an executor of a will, or a family member has passed away without leaving a will (intestate), please contact us to see how we can help.

Probate and Estate Administration

When someone dies, their property has to be dealt with. This is called “administering the estate”. This is done by the executor appointed in a will or by an administrator if there is no will. If you are an executor or an administrator this can be a daunting task. Administering an estate can be complex, time consuming and stressful depending on the extent of the deceased’s estate and the terms of any will or the impact of the intestacy rules if there is no will. All this at what is already a stressful and emotional time. The average time it takes to administer an estate is around 12 months. In a very complex administration it can take longer.

There are essentially two stages in dealing with an estate. The first stage involves collecting details of the assets and liabilities of the deceased and the executor then exhibiting and proving the will in the Probate Registry. This is commonly known as obtaining Probate (if there is a will) or obtaining Letters of Administration (if there is no will). The second stage (administering the estate) involves gathering in the deceased’s property and assets, settling any debts and then distributing the property and assets in accordance with the will or (if there is no will) in accordance with the intestacy rules. We can help with one or both of these stages as you wish. Please contact us if you need help in obtaining Grant of Probate (if there is a will) or Grant of Letters of Administration (if there is no will) and also if you need help in administering an estate.

What our Clients Say

From start to finish every aspect was dealt with understanding and compassion with clarity and explanation.

July 2023

I really appreciate the friendly and sensitive way that all the staff dealt with my numerous questions in such a stressful situation. Thank you!

September 2021

A thoroughly professional, efficient and friendly service. We will have no hesitation in using your services again and recommending you to others. Thank you.

February 2023

We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your consideration and professionalism shown in the handling of the estate of my late father. “I cannot praise all of the team enough. I remain an advocate of all those within the practice. You have my deepest thanks!

February 2021

I highly recommend using Martin Elliott & Co. Very professional and friendly service. Excellent from start to finish. Would use again.

November 2020

Thank you for dealing with matters in a professional and thorough manner particularly during the extraordinary year of 2020 and the challenges this has presented.

January 2021