The role of the executor

When someone dies, an executor (or administrator if there is if no valid will) must obtain the authority to deal with the estate and resolve the administration of the estate. This can be a difficult enough process for anyone, especially for the newly bereaved.

We appreciate how daunting it must be to sort out the financial affairs and estate of a deceased love one, and that is why our team approaches such matters in a friendly and deeply compassionate way. We go the extra mile to make sure the process is as stress-free as possible.

The executor should summarise the estate as at the time of death, make a declaration for inheritance tax purposes and swear an oath. The executor is then legally responsible for distributing the estate administration in accordance with the will or, if there is no will, in accordance with the rules of intestacy.

If the estate includes a property and/or items of value, you may need a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the court.


Our services

At McHale & Co we can provide you with the help you need to get everything in order. We understand the intricacies of this often tricky aspect of UK law and our experts are on hand to guide you through the process to help you get the outcome you desire. Our probate solicitors can provide:

  • Help with obtaining the appropriate Grant or Letter of Administration from the Court
  • Advice on how to administer the estate
  • Help with administering the estate
  • Practical advice in this sensitive area
  • The benefit of our experience in this area

Get in touch

If you would like to know more about how our tailored services can best suit your needs, do not hesitate to get in touch. Although based in Greater Manchester, we can provide high-quality legal assistance to those who need it around the UK. Call us today on 0161 928 3848, or fill in the online contact form.


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I would like to thank McHale & Co Solicitors for their excellent work.
The support Helen provided me with was above and beyond, it was her professionalism and her personal and effective responses which made such a difficult time for me a lot more bearable.
I would have no hesitation in using McHale & Co again and will certainly recommend them to family, friends and colleagues.

Mrs B

On behalf of us both, I’d like to thank you Phillippa, for the support and guidance you have given us throughout this process, your service has been second to none.

Again, thank you so much.

Mr & Mrs M

I would like to thank Roberto for his help and support in dealing dealing with a recent case for my son. He was professional, caring and showed great sensitivity. He went above the cause of duty in his handling of the case. He made a very traumatic and stressful situation easy to bear. I will be eternally grateful to him. He is a great asset to McHale & Co. Once again Thank you.

Ms C

Paul Fitton,

Many thanks for your help.  Very best of advice at all times.

Thank you to all staff.

Mr S and Mrs K

I am very pleased with the help that I received. Thank you. Certainly would recommend.

Mrs G

I have dealt with Paul Fitton both by phone and email regarding advice about getting compensation from a world wide organisation. From the start Paul was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and gave very sound advice too. Plus I won the case. Thank you Paul, very much appreciated

Ms G

Excellent and professional service with clear explanations and guidance throughout. We can thoroughly recommend the firm and in particular Philippa Wright, Head of Wills and Probate.

Mr & Mrs N

A quick, efficient way to ensure your wishes are recorded for end of life. Good advice given and explained in a clear concise manner. Thank you.

Ms E

Michaela was exceptional in both advice and the completion of the will. Michaela was kind, considerate, professional and her manner and personality was one that inspired confidence from the very first meeting, going way above what I expected.

Mrs M

Wonderful service provided by Helen Green – very thorough knowledge. I am extremely satisfied as I was helped through a difficult time when I was uncertain how to go forward.

Mrs C

Michaela went out of her way to make time to see me, gave very good advice and answered any questions I had. Always returned my phone calls and emails promptly. Thank you

Mrs K

Hassle free service, just give them the facts they require – let them get on with it – Simples

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