Estate administration is the process of dealing with a personís legal, financial and personal tax affairs after they have died.
It involves far more than obtaining a grant of probate (confirmation in Scotland) which is just one element of the process. It means dealing with all of the deceased's assets (such as property, investments, and personal possessions) and liabilities (such as outstanding debts and estate expenses) before transferring whatever is left to the beneficiaries, but also:
- Notifying beneficiaries and dealing with their questions
- Redirecting post and cancelling or transferring utilities
- Dealing with any Income Tax liabilities
- Advising on the distribution of assets to avoid or mitigate tax liabilities
- Calculating and paying Inheritance Tax where relevant
- Dealing with specialist legal work
These are just some of the tasks that are involved and every estate is different. While some people decide to administer the estate by themselves, this can take a significant amount of time and effort; and it leaves them personally liable for any mistakes made during the process.
Whether their estate is simple or complex, the issues faced with the death of a loved one are rarely straightforward; not least because it involves procedures most of us are not used to dealing with, and at a time when financial matters are the last thing on our minds.
St. James's Place has collaborated with Kings Court Trust, our preferred provider of estate administration, to deliver an estate administration service. Kings Court Trust is one of the leading specialist estate administration service providers in the UK and, like us, they place their clients at the very heart of everything they do.
Please contact me if you wish to discuss your personal situation.