Probate & Estate Administration

Always looking ahead

Funeral arrangements and preparing a will – to ensure our wishes are upheld – are topics all too easily avoided. However, if you can make some careful decisions now, you’ll be saving your loved ones considerable trouble and expense down the line.

Making sense of complexity

We have a national reputation when it comes to the administration of estates and our senior partner is described in Chambers UK as a leader in her field.  We advise executors and administrators about their duties and deal with all aspects of the administration of estates, and have particular experience in dealing with:

  • estates with agricultural and business interests, the availability of inheritance tax reliefs and negotiations with HM Revenue & Customs;
  • estates with conditionally exempt property and/or chattels;
  • estates with assets abroad;
  • estates including complex intestacies;
  • ad colligenda bona and s116 Senior Courts Act 1981 applications; and
  • the administration of estates on behalf of charities. 

We also prepare administration accounts and income tax returns on behalf of executors and administrators, and our partners regularly act as professional executors.

Our clients include individuals, land and business owners, foreign domiciliaries and charities.

“Wilsons’ private client practice punches well above its weight with the bigger based London law firms in this area.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Wilsons is one of the very few top-rank specialist 'private client tax' firms based outside London. It has great strength in depth, and a high number of very able, diligent and far-sighted advisers. It is without doubt a top-tier firm.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Wilsons is an exceptional group of lawyers with a unique blend of being at the top of its game but very down to earth.”

Legal 500, 2020