Probate & Administration of Estates

As specialist probate lawyers, we understand the many practical issues and family tensions that arise following a death and apply a sensitive but professional approach in dealing with the ensuing probate and administration process.

Our understanding of succession in the context of businesses, partnerships and trusts enables us to guide clients quickly towards the means by which they can preserve the value of their loved one’s estates. This is particularly important where assets need ongoing management to maintain value.

We guide our clients through the process of applying for a grant of probate or letters of administration, and administering the deceased’s estate thereafter. In doing so, we endeavour to make the entire process as straightforward as possible, taking care to approach every stage in a caring and sensitive manner.

Our experienced team can manage and administer the entire estate, including preparing and submitting inheritance tax accounts to HMRC and applying for grants of probate, or simply assisting at key stages of the administration process as and when required.

The international nature of our client base means that we regularly advise on the administration of estates with international assets and dimensions. This can involve dealing with cross border succession laws, conflicts of law principles and double taxation issues; and, where required, liaising with local counsel and other international advisors.

Representative Probate & Administration of Estates Work

Examples of our team’s Probate & Administration of Estates work include:

  • Advised on numerous domestic and international probates and estate administrations ranging in value up to £20 million.
  • Advised executors on the application and interpretation of numerous double taxation treaties which successfully resulted in the mitigation of UK inheritance tax payable by the deceased’s estate.
  • Advised on numerous successful challenges to the HMRC relating to the non-domiciled status of deceased testators, which resulted in either no inheritance tax payable or substantial reductions.
  • Advised on conflicts of laws relating to probate and administration in several jurisdictions, including Scandinavia, Switzerland and Pakistan.
  • Advised executors in connection with obtaining unusual, specialist and complex grants of probate.

Key contacts:

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Nicola Edmondson

Senior Associate Private Client
Work 37-41 Bedford Row London WC1R 4JH United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0) 20 7611 2382


Nicola joined the Private Client department at Teacher Stern in 2014 having previously trained and qualified at Barlow Robbins LLP.

Nicola has wide experience in personal wealth management and estate planning for individuals, including Will drafting, inheritance tax mitigation and the use of trusts. She also advises on probate and the administration of estates and all aspects of trusts, including those with international dimensions.

Nicola deals with all aspects of Court of Protection matters, contentious and non-contentious, such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyships, Statutory Wills and other issues surrounding mental capacity, the protection of assets and health and welfare.

In addition Nicola advises individuals, families and businesses to achieve their philanthropic aims, advising on the creation of charitable entities, registration with the Charity Commission, governance, risk management and all other administrative issues connected with charities.

Year of qualification: 2009

University of York – Politics BA (Hons)
University of Leeds – Law LLM (Merit)
BPP Law School – LPC (Distinction)

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