Probate

Kitsons Solicitors - Probate

The loss of a loved one or friend can be a very difficult time. Your focus is on coping with your loss and arranging the funeral.

At the same time, if you are an Executor or a beneficiary, you may also find yourself dealing with lots of legal paperwork.

This can be a stressful time, particularly if you are unsure of the probate process. If the friend or relative that has died did not leave behind a valid will then there may be uncertainty about who has the legal authority to manage the estate and who the beneficiaries are.

It is important to get things right at an early stage so that you are reassured that you are following the correct legal process.  If you are an Executor and you make a mistake in handling matters then you could be personally liable for any financial loss the estate suffers.

As a team we deal with estates on a daily basis. We handle a huge range of estates, from modest estates comprising a flat and a bank account through to complex estates with multiple investments and assets abroad.

We understand the probate process inside out and can guide you through all the various stages from interpreting the will, to paying any tax due, to distributing the estate to the beneficiaries.

We will do as little or as much as you want us to do and we will be open from the start about what it will cost you.

If you need help with an estate please get in touch.

We can help you with:

  • Immediate support and advice following a bereavement
  • Tracing the assets of the estate and establishing their value
  • Completion of HM Revenue & Customs forms making sure that you comply with relevant legislation and regulations
  • Making the Application for a Grant of Representation (the legal authority to deal with the assets of the estate)
  • Realising and Transferring Assets
  • Distribution of the Estate
  • Advance Care Planning

Pricing & Service Information

Your probate team are...

Kitsons Solicitors - Jonathan Dickson

Jonathan DicksonPartner

Jonathan is a Private Client Partner, Taxation Technician & Chartered Tax Advisor

Kitsons Solicitors - Charlie Siegle

Charlie SieglePartner

Charlie is a Partner and Head of our Private Client team in Exeter

Kitsons Solicitors - Lynn Smith

Lynn SmithPartner

Lynn is a Partner and Head of our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Marjorie Creek

Marjorie CreekAssociate

Marjorie is an Associate in our Private Client team and previously a registered nurse

Kitsons Solicitors - Rebecca Farley

Rebecca FarleySolicitor

Rebecca Farley practices in probate, wills and estate & tax planning and powers of attorney

Kitsons Solicitors - Michelle Gilbert

Michelle GilbertChartered Legal Executive

Michelle is a Chartered Legal Executive in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Carly Jeffery

Carly JefferySolicitor

Carly is a Solicitor in our Private Client team in Plymouth

Kitsons Solicitors - Tiffany Lait

Tiffany LaitParalegal

Tiffany is a Paralegal in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Charlotte Maling

Charlotte MalingSolicitor

Charlotte is a Solicitor in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Carole Nesbitt

Carole NesbittLegal Assistant

Carole is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Zoe Phillips

Zoe PhillipsLegal Assistant

Zoe is a Legal Assistant in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Avril Simister

Avril SimisterTrainee Chartered Legal Executive

Avril is a Trainee Chartered Legal Executive in our Inheritance & Trust Disputes team

Kitsons Solicitors - Annette Dayman

Annette DaymanPersonal Assistant

Annette is a Personal Assistant to Private Client Partner, Jonathan Dickson

Kitsons Solicitors - Catherine Faulkner

Catherine FaulknerPersonal Assistant

Catherine is a Personal Assistant to Partner and Head of Private Client, Lynn Smith

Kitsons Solicitors - Rachel Green

Rachel GreenLegal Secretary

Rachel is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Katie Potts

Katie PottsLegal Secretary

Katie is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Janet Savin

Janet SavinLegal Secretary

Janet is a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team

Kitsons Solicitors - Alison Williams

Alison WilliamsLegal Secretary

Alison is as a Legal Secretary in our Private Client team