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Other things that may affect the time taken are:

  • whether the financial affairs of the person who died were in order;

  • what the person who died owned and where it is;

  • whether the person who died had an interest in a business or a farm;

  • what the will or the rules of intestacy say;

  • whether there are any legal disputes (claims against the estate or claims by the estate);

  • whether inheritance tax needs to be paid; and

  • making sure that all HM Revenue & Customs files are closed and that matters relating to income tax, benefits agencies and pensions have been sorted out.

Arguments between family members, beneficiaries or personal representatives can also delay matters. Any disagreements must be sorted out before the affairs of the person who died can be settled.


We can assist you through this process to make sure your responsibilities are fulfilled and that you do not become personally liable should you make a mistake.


We will ascertain at the outset the likely amount of work to be undertaken and advise you on the likely fees.  Those fees will be paid from the estate and you will not be asked for money at the outset.


Our fees are based entirely on the work carried out and not as a percentage of the size of the estate.