A probate solicitor who cares

‘Thoughtful probate and estate administration can help take away some of the worries’

If you’ve lost a loved one, you’ll undoubtedly be going through a stressful and difficult time. The last thing you want is to add to those difficulties by having to deal with the estate administration. As an expert probate solicitor, we can help take the weight off your shoulders.

Probate and estate administration that takes care of everything

Being an executor of a Will carries with it a lot of responsibility. You want to be sure that you carry out a loved one’s wishes exactly as they have set out. Yet it can be an emotional time for you too. As a probate solicitor with a long track record of helping clients with estate administration, we can offer you sympathetic guidance and advice.

  • All aspects of probate and estate administration
    We can help you take care of all the wishes outlined in a loved one’s Will. When it comes to dealing with the estate, we can help you collect assets and pay bills.
  • Applying for probate
    Before you can administer an estate, in most cases you’ll need a grant of probate. We can help you apply for and obtain probate so you can then carry on with administering the estate, or ask us to help you administer it.
  • Help with tax implications
    Thanks to our extensive experience in probate and estate administration, we understand all the tax implications you might face, and keep up to date with the latest tax legislation. We can help you through the complexities of Inheritance and Capital Gains Tax to reach a speedy and satisfactory resolution.

Our credentials

“What the team is known for: Bath-based team dealing with complex domestic and international matters. Handles offshore trust work, asset protection and estate administration. Also advises on Court of Protection proceedings and issues concerning vulnerable people. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “Good, clear advice provided without delay.” Notable practitioners: James McNeile (Band 2) leads the group and advises domestic and international clients on estate and tax planning and trust management. Market commentators say he has “a fantastic reputation.”” Chambers 2017 South West

“What the team is known for: Advises clients from its Oxford and Swindon offices on trusts, tax and estate planning matters, wills and estate administration. Adept at handling contentious probate and trusts work. The firm has its own trust company, providing advice to trustees. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are strong in estate planning and trusts.” “They’ve been very good and very easy to deal with.” Notable practitioners: Tom Gilman’s (Band 2) practice focuses on inheritance tax issues, wills, trusts and estates planning and administration. He also has capability advising on Court of Protection matters and powers of attorney. A client notes: “He is thoughtful, careful and he has always given me excellent advice.”” Chambers 2017 Thames Valley Oxford, Swindon & Surrounds

“Royds Withy King delivers an ‘excellent overall service’. In a number of recent changes to the team, senior associate Fiona Feggetter departed, Luchia Hirst joined the Swindon office from Davey Law, and Edward Vidnes was promoted to partner. Team head James McNeile focuses on estate planning, trusts and tax planning for high-net-worth families and non-UK individuals. Becky Ricards Small heads up private wealth and succession planning matters, specialising in inheritance tax planning, lasting powers of attorney and wills. Ricards Small is also a key partner in the Court of Protection team. Amanda Noyce, head of inheritance and trust disputes, is an ‘excellent lawyer with an incredible breadth of knowledge’; she acts on contentious probate and trust matters, tax disputes, negligence actions regarding tax advisers, inheritance disputes and applications to the Court of Protection in mental capacity matters. Associate Calum Campbell is a ‘first-rate lawyer who finds innovative solutions to complex problems’.” Legal 500 2018 South West

“The ‘excellent’ Royds Withy King team is headed by the ‘thoughtful and helpful’ Tom Gilman, who is recommended for his ‘excellent advice’ and ‘very good client manner’. Gilman principally advises on estate planning for private individuals and families and on complex trust structures, while also acting for the trustees of local hospice Helen & Douglas House. Associate Jan Tyley has experience in offshore tax and trust structures, particularly in US-related matters. ‘Perceptive and personable’  Bridget Maier ‘grasps complex matters swiftly and is very good at dealing with challenging family situations’. Solicitors Chris Wilson and Ellen Boesen are other names of note at the firm.” Legal 500 2018 South East

“The ‘outstanding’ Tony Millson at Royds Withy King is ‘urbane, unflappable and has seen it all. He gives thoughtful and clear advice and is thorough without unnecessary fussiness’. Deanna Hurst is ‘efficient, reliable and highly intelligent. She works hard, thinks ahead and forgets nothing’. Both have ‘excellent client relationship skills’. Millson advises on all aspects of tax and estate planning particularly in relation to inheritance tax, capital gains tax and trust creation. He also is adept at advising on the administration of high value trusts and estate and routinely acts for parents of children with disabilities.” Legal 500 2018 London


Contact us now to find out how we can help you take care of a loved one’s Will and make sure their wishes are carried out.

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