Trusts and wills

Probate

Vardags is a top private client and family law firm for advising on probate; please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.

Introduction to probate

We are able to help with straightforward or non-straightforward estates, whether to obtain probate or carry out the complete administration of the estate from arranging the funeral, completing and paying tax to distributing the assets. We can help ease the burden of tackling the paperwork or visiting the deceased’s property to ensure that it is secure and all the items accounted for. For more details please see our guide to probate.

If there’s no will then Vardags can advise on how the estate of the deceased will be distributed by the intestacy rules.

Vardags’ private client team has many years expertise in managing probate in an efficient and cost effective manner to ensure that the administration is carried out as quickly as possible. We undertake urgent applications  if  needed to sell a particular asset.

How Vardags can help with probate

If you’re not happy with the way the estate’s being administered. Executors sometimes are slow and make mistakes. Residuary beneficiaries have some (limited) rights to call executors to account.

We can help in claims where a person will work for many years relying on a promise that they’ll be left something in a will – which never materialises. Such claims are called ‘promissory estoppel’. There has to be clear evidence, and a real unfairness and these cases are very hard to prove. For more details please see our guide to contesting a will.

We can mediate when disputes arise when dealing with the deceased’s personal possessions. If disputes arise either with the tax authorities or between beneficiaries in relation to the payment of tax, legal advice should be taken at the earliest possible opportunity in such matters, as delays in making tax payments can result in penalties being imposed on an estate.

We are able to deal with applications to the Court of Protection in relation to disputes where an individual has lost the mental capacity to deal with matters himself/herself. For more details please see our guide to powers of attorney.

In the case of some estate disputes, injunctions can be issued to prevent the executors accessing certain investments and/or preventing the distribution of an estate. We are able to advise on such matters and if an injunction is issued, you should take legal advice immediately because there are often strict court time limits involved.

The first step is to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors. Therefore, please call us on 020 7404 9390 or email us to make an appointment to come and see us.

Please note that Vardags provides a bespoke service to high net worth individuals seeking advice on probate from a top private client and family law firm. Our clients or their (former) partners will typically have substantial assets or income.