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Estate administration

Upon the death of a relative, administering their estate is an important step to undertake. In some circumstances, this is more difficult because there is no will or it is somehow invalid. QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke can guide you through what the right steps are.

When a death happens, the assets of the deceased are distributed. This is made simple where a well drafted and up-to-date will is in place. Where there is no will or what is drafted is not legally valid, this requires an administrator. Often, this is the next of kin. If this is you, you are required to distribute the assets in accordance with the relevant laws.

At QualitySolicitors Howlett Clarke, we advise you how to do this. We can deal with your questions - we have some of the best lawyers in the UK. In some circumstances, you may ask us to act as the estate administrator. Whatever your situation, we can guide you through the process. We keep things simple. We promise to keep in regular contact with you and will always use plain English.

If you need support administrating an estate and you aren’t sure what to do, let QualitySolicitors give you the answers. Call us on 01273 838 756 to find out more.

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Joanna Dixon
Probate Executive
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Julian Potter
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Beverley Jenkinson
Assistant Solicitor
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Jackie Gates
Legal Secretary
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Debra Johnson
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    • Posted on November 8, 2017
      I have recently updated my will… I hadn’t bothered for ages even though the last one I did was seriously out of date and I now had my daughter. The thing that brought me up short was the realisation that if me and my husband had a fatal accident, how would our respective families know what our wishes were in respect of our daughter?
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    • Posted on September 12, 2017
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