Helping you handle estate administration.
If you’ve just lost a loved one, we’ll make the legal process of administering their estate as painless as possible. Handling tax affairs and probate issues with sensitivity and skill.
Estates are complicated.
We do the hard work and make everything easier.
Our expert Wills, Probate & Lifetime Planning Team is here to help you administer their estate under the terms of the law, deal with any tax issues, and meet all the necessary requirements and responsibilities. We even have a dedicated Disputed Probate Team for any contentious will or probate issues.
Strong support at a difficult time.
We’ll advise you on:
Probate – what it is and how long it can take
Power of Attorney – applications and costs
The Office of the Public Guardian
Court of Protection
International probate law
Grant of probate
Executor of will
Working With Our Service Team
We understand that planning for the future and protecting your loved ones, is one of the most important things we will prepare for. Our trusted and compassionate team are able to advise and put into place all of the foundations for you and your family, keeping you updated at all times.
- Kim Carr
If you have an enquiry in relation to Wills, Trusts and Probate or simply want to speak to a member of our expert team, please get in touch.
Estate Administration is the process of managing the financial affairs of someone who has passed away. If the Deceased died with a valid Will in place, this process is known as ‘Probate.’ If the Deceased died without a valid Will in place, the Deceased is said to have died ‘Intestate’ and the Rules of Intestacy govern who will administer the Estate and who will inherit from the Estate.
If the Deceased died with a valid Will in place, the Executors appointed in the Will administer the Estate. If the Deceased died Intestate, then the Rules of Intestacy dictate who will act as the Administrators (most likely a surviving spouse or children).
- An Executor/Administrator is the person responsible for dealing with the Deceased’s estate including but not limited to: Ascertaining the value of the Deceased’s assets and liabilities as at the date of death.
- Drafting, executing and submitting the application to obtain a Grant of Probate (if there is a Will) or a Grant of Letters of Administration (if there is no Will)
- Realising, selling or transferring the Deceased’s assets
- Paying the liabilities
- Dealing with any taxation issues that may arise
- Preparing a full set of Estate Accounts
- Distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or the Intestacy Rules
Meet Your Lawyers
The thought of making a will filled me with apprehension but after our first meeting with Christina Polychronakis all fears were dispelled. Christina was excellent. She explained everything very clearly. The process was done exactly as we wanted. I would defiantly recommend Christina and FBC Manby Bowdler.
Michelle Monnes-Thomas was an excellent ambassador for your company. She was very helpful in preparing my father’s new will, providing advice where requested and keeping us involved at all stages of the process.
We were delighted with the service we received from Victoria - from the initial consultation where she explained everything with great clarity and patience through to the application for Probate. This came back in record time which was a great help to us. In these days of Apps and remote contact it was so refreshing to be able to deal face to face with Victoria at such a difficult time.
Graham provided an efficient, user friendly and professional service throughout the process. At our first meeting Graham fully discussed all my requirements for a new will and gave sensible suggestions and gave sound advice. He then clearly set out the process, timeline & costs. The draft will was produced quickly as promised and my queries were sorted quickly. The final will was produced as per the time frame advised. No fuss, very impressed and wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Sara Simson was excellent. Having recently lost my wife, she was compassionate and empathetic in her understanding of both my situation and of my requirements. She was extremely clear in her explanation of the process and took time to fully ensure I understood. Sara was very professional and personable at the same time and her demeanour made the conversation much easier for me to bear.
My will was updated in a professional and helpful way. Things were explained clearly and with the use of very little legal jargon. Legal terms were explained in a comprehensible language. The matter was dealt with in a timely manner and all questions were answered well.
I just wanted to say many thanks for your professional approach and close out of this transaction. I will definitely use FBC Manby Bowdler for any future legal requirements.