Probate

Here to support and guide you through every step

Personal Approach

Here to support you during a difficult time

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Planning

Guidance on Estate, Inheritance Tax and Financial Planning

Clear Pricing

Easy and reasonable fees so you know what to expect

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Collection and Distribution

Our team will accurately collect and distribute the estate assets

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Estate Accounts

We will prepare the final accounts for the estate

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Compliance

We will complete and submit the necessary forms to HMRC and the Court

What is Probate?

Put simply, Probate is a term used generically to refer to the process of dealing with the estate of a deceased person. The purpose is to make sure all relevant taxes are collected, money owing to creditors is paid, debts owed to the deceased are collected, and the remaining assets from the estate are distributed to the relevant beneficiaries in accordance with their wishes.

It can be an incredibly complicated procedure, and with this, in mind, we have created this Probate and Estate Administration Guide to help explain what’s involved, and the terminology that you may hear or read. 

 

Meet our Probate Team

Tom Foster - Tax Chichester

Tom Foster – Head of Probate Services

Sarah Alexander - Chartered Accountant Chichester

Sarah Alexander – Head of Financial Administration

Georgina Stanley - BSG & Probate

Georgina Stanley – Probate Services Manager

Tom Foster – Head of Probate Services

Tom is a Chartered Tax Adviser who has been helping executors to resolve the tax affairs of estates for over 20 years. Tom has two degrees, two specialist tax qualifications and after obtaining Mercia’s certificate in probate and estate administration in 2018, Tom decided the time was right to set up a probate department at Lewis Brownlee.

Sarah Alexander – Head of Financial Administration

Sarah is Lewis Brownlee’s MD and FCA and FCCA qualified with over 25 years of experience in the profession. Sarah was the first person at Lewis Brownlee to obtain Mercia’s certificate in probate and estate administration. Sarah is responsible for overseeing the financial side of estate administration, and was responsible for introducing our thorough and safe payment approval system. We undertake a stringent due diligence process to ensure payments cannot be processed without the input of two qualified members of staff and the approval of the executor.

Georgina Stanley – Probate Services Manager

Georgina joined Lewis Brownlee in 2016, obtaining her ACA qualification in 2020. She really enjoyed the tax aspects of the course which led to her sitting and passing Mercia’s probate exams later in the same year. Georgina ensures estate bank accounts are reconciled on a monthly basis and helps with the preparation of the tax forms and the final estate accounts.

Delivering Peace of Mind

Relieving you of the financial and legal responsibilities so you can focus on what matters

How can we help you?

Losing a loved one can be one of the most stressful and emotional times of your life. The last thing on your mind is dealing with the additional responsibilities of overseeing the legal and financial aspects of the deceased’s estate.

It is possible to undertake this process yourself. However, we have a dedicated team who can hold your hand and help you with every step along the way. We focus on removing as much of this burden from you as possible, while keeping you completely in control.

Most people assume that only solicitors and bankers are able to deal with probate, but thanks to a change in law some specially trained Chartered Accountancy firms are now also able to assist you.

Our team are fully trained, qualified and experienced to handle the probate and estate administration process for you, as well as giving you clear and concise guidance on estate planning, inheritance tax planning, trusts, executorships and financial planning.

If you are feeling stuck, confused or just want some help, please call our dedicated Probate team on 01243 782 423 or head to our Contact page.

ICAEW Accredited for Probate

Registered to carry on audit work in the UK and licensed to carry out the reserved legal activity of non-contentious probate in England and Wales by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  Details of the firm’s probate registration can be viewed at icaew.com/probate, under the firm’s reference number C003643128. 

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