Probate / Administration of Estates

It can be difficult enough dealing with bereavement without having to deal with the deceased’s property, possessions and personal matters. It is at these times that the support of a friendly family solicitor can be invaluable.

When someone dies there are inevitably legal formalities that need to be addressed and acting as an Executor or Administrator can be an onerous task. Double & Megson can deal with all issues arising from a deceased’s estate. We will aid you in carrying out instructions in the Will(s), arrange the paying of any debts, taxes and expenses from the estate and act for you in the sale of any property. Our aim will be to look after your interests and give you peace of mind.

We advise on all reliefs from inheritance tax and in certain circumstances Wills can be rewritten after death in order to minimise tax liabilities. A ‘Deed of Variation’ can come into play when, for instance, a beneficiary wants to pass on their inheritance to the next generation to avoid tax liability. We can provide the advice to help you manage such a situation.

Sometimes Wills are challenged and claims made by both family and non-family members lead to heartache and disagreement. We are experienced in dealing with all types of contentious matters and are able to act for any party, whether individual beneficiary, trustee, executor, administrator or charity. Our expertise covers claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, personal liability of trustees, lack of testamentary capacity claims, undue influence, substitution and removal of personal representatives, and trust and charity disputes.

At Double and Megson, our lawyers have in-depth knowledge in all areas of probate and can help you create a will that’s right for you and your family. Don’t worry if you’ve never discussed wills before – our friendly solicitors will put you at ease, explaining everything clearly with no legal jargon.

To arrange a discussion with one of our solicitors call us on Bourne (01778) 423376 or Market Deeping (01778) 341494.

You can also instruct us online. All you have to do is fill out our Contact form providing us with your name, contact information and any other details which may be useful. We will get in touch as soon as possible with an estimate of costs and details of whom to contact at Double & Megson.

If you do not already have a Will then Double and Megson can help you draft a Will that is right for you and your family. We can also advise you on the benefits of a Lasting Powers of Attorney and give you advice to the merits of preparing one in your particular circumstances.