Estate administration and probate

At a time of loss, our estate administration and probate lawyers are here to help you through the practicalities of the situation and ease the burden.

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What we offer

Helping you through difficult times

Coping with the death of a close family member or friend is understandably difficult and our team of estate administration and probate lawyers are here to help ease your concerns.


The process

At a time of loss there are a number of practicalities which need to be dealt with and the estate administration process needs to be started. Some of these practicalities need dealing with more quickly than others, such as finding the will, checking the person’s funeral wishes and assessing who should take overall responsibility for the estate.


How our estate administration and probate lawyers can help

Our role is to assist the personal representatives with these immediate practicalities and leave them feeling relieved by easing the burden during this emotional time. Our team makes sure that we guide people carefully through the estate administration process.

We can either undertake specific tasks to assist the executors in their duties or deal with the estate entirely. Our services include:

  • Advising executors after a death
  • The administration of an estate
  • Advising on the intestacy rules when there is no will
  • Assisting with the application for a Grant from the Probate Registry
  • Advising beneficiaries
  • Assessing and advising on any claims against the estate
  • Acting as an executor
  • Deeds of variation

You can view the costs of our estate administration service here.


Our estate administration and probate solicitors

Members of our team are accredited by the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP). STEP is the global association of practitioners who specialise in family inheritance and succession planning. You can be reassured that a specialist is dealing with the case and that they have the right knowledge and experience, including tax aspects and the final distribution of funds.

Our specialist team is also able to act as executors. This can be particularly helpful when the interests of vulnerable beneficiaries may be an issue or if a dispute arises, giving you peace of mind that the estate will be handled professionally and impartially.

Why work with us

Why choose SAS Daniels for estate administration and probate support?

Our professional, approachable and empathetic team can give you full support in all estate administration and probate matters, easing your concerns at what can be a very difficult time.

Estate Administration and Probate Frequently Asked Questions

View the most frequently asked Estate Administration and Probate questions that we get at SAS Daniels.
  • What do I need to do when someone dies?

    There are a number of steps to take immediately after a death, including registering the death and contacting the executors if the deceased made a will. See our checklist for more information on the estate administration process and how we can help.
  • What is the difference between executors and trustees?

    Executors are the people you appoint to deal with the administration of your estate after you have died. Trustees are the people you appoint to administer any ongoing trusts contained in your will. Both roles can be fulfilled by the same person.
  • Do I have to act if I have been appointed as an executor?

    When someone is appointed under a will as an executor they can act but may choose not to. An executor can have ‘power reserved’ to them which means they step aside to enable the other executors to deal with the estate administration but can step in at a later date if they need to. If they don’t want to be involved in the estate at all, they can renounce their appointment as an executor by signing a deed of renunciation. They can only do this however if they have not had any dealings with the estate since the death.
  • What is a Grant of Probate?

    A Grant of Probate is a court order which gives authority to the executors to deal with a deceased’s estate. If there was no valid will, the order is known as a Grant of Letters of Administration and is issued to administrators. You sometimes also hear the term ‘personal representatives’ which can mean either an executor or an administrator.
  • How long does it take to get a Grant of Probate?

    There are a number of steps to be taken in dealing with an estate and each estate can vary widely depending on the nature of the assets, the value of the estate, how quickly institutions respond to queries and also on the number of beneficiaries involved. On average we find that an estate may take between 6 and 12 months to administer.

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