When an estate is to be administered, it must first be determined who (if anyone) has the legal responsibility or right to do so


Where a Will has been left, those appointed as executors must prove the Will by applying for a Grant of Probate. When a grant is issued, the executors are able to go ahead and administer the estate in accordance with the Will. 

If no Will has been left, a personal representative should be determined. Although, without a Will, the Intestacy rules apply, which set out who can administer the estate and who will inherit each asset. The appropriate person will need to apply to the Court for a Grant of Letters of Administration in order to carry out the estate administration duties.

As such, probate and estate administration can become very complicated. Our dedicated team of solicitors are always on hand to simplify the process, providing straight-forward advice at all times.

At Prettys, we are happy to help you in whatever way we can. We often assist clients with parts of administration, such as applying for a Grant of Probate or Grant of Letters of Administration, as well as the entire process.

What Can We Do For You?

Prettys’ probate and estate administration lawyers offer clients the support and resources they need to overcome any legal challenges associated with estate administration. Our services include:

  • Assistance with Grant of Probate and Grant of Letters of Administration applications 
  • Assisting with estate administration, for example if you have been appointed as an Executor or Administrator 
  • Acting as a professional Executor
  • Advising on Inheritance Tax returns 
  • Collecting in assets 
  • Distributing the estate in accordance with the Will
  • Assisting with Trusts, including Life Interest and Discretionary Trusts and Inheritance Tax Planning
  • Advising on Deeds of Variation or Deeds of Family Arrangement

If you would like some assistance or advice with any area of probate and estate administration, contact our specialist legal team today.

Why Choose Prettys?

Prettys has a wealth of experience in dealing with all manner of legal matters relating to probate, Wills and inheritance. In addition, members of our team hold a Solicitors for the Elderly accreditation, demonstrating their commitment to helping older generations and vulnerable individuals with their legal affairs.   

Based in our offices in Ipswich, we are proud to offer trusted legal support which is tailored to your individual needs. Helping to unravel the many complexities of estate administration, our friendly team is on hand to ensure you receive clear and effective support and advice with whatever legal issue or responsibility you’re faced with. 

For answers to some of the most common questions concerning probate and estate administration, please scroll down to the FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

To speak to our specialist team about any probate or estate administration related queries you have, contact us on 01473 232121, complete our contact form or send an email to enquiry@prettys.co.uk and we’ll be in touch.

Emma Woollard