Old Mill is able to offer our Estate Administration Service even if we aren’t named as professional executors in your Will. The wealth of experience among our Estate Administration team and our client advisers means that we are fully able to acknowledge, understand and navigate our way through family dynamics at every stage of the process.
How we help
Working alongside your adviser our Tax and Trust team will undertake much of the work required to effectively administer your estate on behalf of the executors. The collective expertise of our team and our detailed understanding of your finances means we’re in a strong position to carry out the administration of your estate swiftly and smoothly. And because we charge an hourly rate rather than a percentage of the value of your estate we believe this will save the estate a considerable sum.
On a practical level we will support everyone through the process by:
We’re also aware that in some cases beneficiaries aren’t properly equipped to receive unexpected legacies, possibly due to age or circumstance. We can ensure the necessary financial planning guidance and advice is available throughout the process, to fully prepare and support individuals and the wider family, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding any legacy.
Getting started with estate administration
We’ll arrange an initial meeting to discuss the estate, and gather the information and documents needed for the administration process to get underway.
During the meeting we’ll discuss:
How long will it take?
This is a question we’re often asked. While administering an estate can sometimes be a lengthy undertaking, we aim to complete the administration of most estates within 12 months, although where multiple properties or complex tax issues are involved, it may take longer. We know that this aspect is very important to all concerned. Therefore, we will advise you of our predicted timescale for the conclusion and distribution of the estate during our meetings so that the beneficiaries can plan for their future.
The timeline below provides an indication of what you might expect to happen as we go through this process.
|Day 1||Arrange an initial meeting and request relevant documentation.|
|Get complete clarity on the assets and liabilities that make up the estate, and their value
Carry out Property Land Registry searches
Notify investment providers etc. and obtain statements/valuations
Ensure an executors’ bank account is in place.
|Months 2-6||Complete any necessary Inheritance Tax forms for submission to HMRC, and pay any Inheritance Tax due
Facilitate the application for probate; if the executors don’t have a solicitor in mind, we can put them in touch with our preferred partner for probate application. *
|Months 5-6||Once probate* has been granted, collate the assets
Place advertisements in the relevant publications for unknown creditors
Ensure that all debts are paid
Distribute any legacies and, where possible, make an interim payment to the residual beneficiaries.
|Months 6-8||Deal with any Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax issues that may arise, complete an Income Tax return to the date of death, and make any payments due to HMRC.|
|Months 9-12||Distribute the remainder of your estate (residue) in line with the terms of your Will
Produce and get sign off of a final set of estate accounts.
|* Please note that because applying for probate is a restricted activity we have to outsource this task to a solicitor.|