Whatever your circumstances you can rely on us to handle your affairs sensitively and professionally.
'Probate' is the generic term given to the act of dealing with a person's estate after they have died. Addleshaw Goddard's highly experienced team can help with all aspects of the process – or be just involved with specific issues, depending on your particular requirements.
The amount of action required upon a person's death will vary greatly, but will be affected by factors such as the value of assets; their type and complexity, for example the existence of a family business; whether or not there is a valid will; and the family dynamic.
When somebody dies, they leave an 'estate', which often comprises money, property, investments and possessions. Someone must deal with the deceased's estate by collecting in all the assets, paying any liabilities and distributing what is left to those entitled to it.
We have long dealt with all these issues and, if necessary, can enlist the support of AG colleagues throughout the firm - or our network of 'best friends' overseas for international estates. The team also provides advice on any queries that might be raised by HMRC.
If the deceased made a tax planning or complex trust-based will, we can assist in setting up any trusts created by it and also provide inheritance tax and capital gains tax advice, as appropriate.
From time to time, a will does not provide for the persons it should. We provide specialist advice if a claim is made against the estate for better provision by a disappointed beneficiary or a dispute arises.