Estate Administration

When you’ve worked hard all your life, creating wealth and security for you and your loved ones, you want to be sure that your estate is inherited by the people who mean the most to you. As part of the process of making a Will, you have to appoint someone to carry out the estate administration. This person is known as your executor, and oversees the administration and distribution of any gifts and residue to the people who matter to you. Your executor, if not a professional, may need assistance from professionals.

Our Professional Executor/Trustee Service is provided by Skipton Trustees Limited (STL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Skipton Building Society and administered by 1825.

STL can also be appointed as a professional adviser to deal with the estate by an executor, or if there is no Will, the next of kin.

In summary

STL act efficiently and with sensitivity when interpreting and executing your Will if there is one, and helping determine who the next of kin or administrator is, if not. They will:

  • identify all of the estate's assets and debts;  
  • arrange for estate valuation and sale;
  • liaise with HMRC regarding any tax that is payable before distributing your estate;
  • where possible, help to reduce any potential Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability by post death variation;
  • apply for Grant of Probate or letters of administration (where there is no Will); 
  • help to minimise any family disputes; and 
  • distribute the estate to the beneficiaries.

Having an experienced estate administrator representing your estate could help your personal representative avoid potential pitfalls, disagreements, unexpected tax demands and unnecessary stress for your family at a difficult time.

Your estate simply means everything you own or have rights to, and includes:

  • items that you solely own such as savings or investments in your own name;  
  • items that you own jointly with someone else, such as a home or a business;
  • items that you own part of; and
  • any interest you have as a beneficiary under a trust.

Our professional estate administrators are experienced in dealing with the sometimes complicated process of administering an estate. They deal with all aspects of estate administration law and have a complete technical understanding of Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax. This will enable them to make sure the estate has been administered as tax efficiently as possible, as well as dealing with difficult emotional situations which can arise.

As personal representatives are liable for any tax payment and distribution of assets, there is the added advantage that using a professional service offers an additional layer of assurance that the administration is correct and the financial risk is minimised.

We provide a valuable service at a reasonable prices. Please see our tariff of charges opposite for cost information.

The Estate and Trust Administration Service provided through Skipton Trustees Limited is administered by 1825. These professional estate administrators are qualified Trust and Estate Practitioners and members of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), a worldwide professional organisation. Their service offers you the peace of mind that your interests are being protected by a trusted organisation.


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