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Administration of Estates & Grant of Probate

Administration of Estates & Grant of Probate

When someone dies, the decisions to be made can be confusing – dealing with the loss of a relative or a friend can be a difficult time and most people are unsure what action to take.

At Williamsons we are here to help and we offer two main services:

Administraion of Estate - Grant of Probate

What is a Grant of Probate?

If you are the person legally entitled to administer the estate (as an executor or a personal representative), you may have been told that you need to obtain a Grant of Probate before you can begin to deal with the financial affairs of the deceased.

A Grant of Probate is a legal document that confirms an executor has the authority to deal with the deceased person’s assets. A Grant is not always needed, but it is necessary to deal with assets such as property, shares and large amounts of money.

To obtain a Grant of Probate, you will need to complete an Inland Revenue Account detailing the assets and liabilities of the estate and you will need to swear an oath. It usually takes four to six weeks to receive the Grant of Probate back.

What’s involved in administering an estate?

Wills and Probate - Administration of EstateAs the executor or personal representative, you will need to close all bank accounts, sell or transfer investments and property and pay outstanding bills. As part of this, you may need to obtain a Grant of Probate and deal with paying inheritance tax.

You will need to keep any leftover assets safe and distribute the estate in accordance with the Will or laws of intestacy. Administering an estate usually takes between 12 and 18 months.

What next?

Obtaining a Grant of Probate and administering an estate can be complex and time consuming.

At Williamsons, we will guide you through the decisions that need to be made, taking the stress out of the process.


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167 Reviews

Broadley H

Excellent service from Williamsons throughout a very protracted property transaction. Carey was patient and helpful at all times and we would highly recommend Williamsons based upon our experience. Thank you :)

Paul B

Hi, Thankyou for helping me with the sale of my late mothers house. You kept me informed and processed the transaction very quickly. Regards...Paul

Mr William E

Williamsons Bridlington office conducted the conveyancing of my house recently. The customer service was exceptional and very professional. The regular communications were very helpful and i was kept up to date throughout the process. Many thanks to Suzanne, Beth and all the staff at the Bridlington office.


Friendly supportive service. Explained everything and responded to queries promptly


Its always difficult when you are selling a house but even more so when it is a probate sale. Williamsons have handled my sale with sensitivity and efficiency and have supported me throughout the process.

Mr & M

Very efficient, prompt replies to queries, show good team work and a very reasonable bill at the end.

Mr D A

I was given an efficient, friendly and courteous appointment.

Mr and Mrs Lang

Thorough and commendable.

Mr & M

Professional,helpful and friendly staff we use Williamson's for all legal matters.

Mrs Yvonne K

Suzanne Spooner was excellent. She kept me informed of progress and the whole stressful process of selling one’s house went as smoothly as possible.

Miss L

We were very impressed by Theresa's thorough approach. We are very confident that our conveyancing was carried out to perfection.

Sarah B

Fantastic service from Susan and her team dealing with the sale of the house. Easily contactable for any queries and would definitely recommend them.

Andrew H

Very thorough, helpful throughout and ensured no undue delays.

Mr Nicholls

Once again a smooth transaction thanks to Beth at Williamsons. Will certainly be using again. Thanks

Mr and Mrs Allgood

We were delighted with the service we received. Each time it was necessary to make contact we received a prompt response. As existing clients we would not hesitate to use this service again.


We instructed Williamsons to carry out the conveyancing on our house purchase. Gemma was excellent, keeping us up to date with the progress made towards completion by email and sending us the relevant paper work. She made us aware of any issues and suggested a course of action. We would highly recommend using Williamsons.

Mrs Ward

Jane Cousins and her colleagues were absolutely brilliant! They were extremely patient and helpful and kept us up to date by email whenever necessary!! She promised to hold my hand through the process of buying and selling our homes and certainly did! We cannot thank her and Emma and Rebecca enough!!! Thank you all very much!! Sheilah/Owen Ward

Ms D

Very happy with the service provided both on my sale and purchase. Thank you

Dr P

Straightforward, efficient, clear, well-informed.

Mr Francis

Exemplary service. Kept me up to date throughout the process. Carefully explained any difficulties or technical issues. Brilliant service


Very helpful & prompt service! Nothing was too much trouble. Can highly recommend