Case Studies

Case Study 1 – Peter’s Story

We received a call from one of two brothers in their 40’s who had both moved to Australia. They had returned to Bedfordshire to care for their father in the last few weeks of his life. After picking up one of our probate booklets at the funeral directors, a free advisory meeting was set up with the two brothers at their father’s home. At the meeting the reasons for probate and the process were clearly explained and the brothers provided details of their father’s assets. This case study demonstrates how Valued Estates managed international estate administration.

They included: –

  • Guardian Financial Services portfolio
  • A three bedroom house and contents
  • British Gas
  • Eon
  • Opal
  • Veolia
  • Council Tax
  • TV license
  • HMRC
  • DWP
  • Natwest account
  • Natwest credit card
  • Saga insurance
  • Zurich insurance
  • HSBC Global Asset Management
  • The Coventry Building Society x2 accounts
  • Market Harborough Building Society
  • Northern Rock x2 accounts
  • Yorkshire Building Society x3 accounts
  • Sainsbury’s bank
  • Equitable Life insurance
  • Techtronix pension
  • State Pension
  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • Bus pass
  • Car

A fixed fee including legal fees, VAT and third party costs for the whole administration was provided, agreed and signed by the brothers. The original Will and codicil were collected and copies were made at the house of all other assets using a portable copier/scanner.

The brothers wished to keep their father’s house and rent it out but we were to collect in and sell all other assets and distribute the estate as per their father’s Will.

The brothers were then able to return to Australia whilst we set about administering the estate.

Our fee covered the following aspects: –

During the administration period the brothers received weekly feedback by email and called or emailed from Australia whenever questions arose. This was all included in the fixed price at the outset.

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Case Study 2 – Joan’s Story

We had a call from a 78 year old lady whose brother had died. Her brother was single and did not have any children. She too was not married and had no children to help. She had been given our details from her niece whose mother’s estate we had dealt with 2 years previously. Alec […]

Case Study 3 – John’s Story

We were contacted by a man in his 20’s whose father had passed away without a Will. His parents had divorced and he had not seen his two elder brothers for some time and he did not know how to contact them. He was unsure what was involved with his father’s estate as he had […]

Case Study 4 – Jonathan’s Story

We were called by a barrister whose father had recently died. He had heard of our service and was keen to have a meeting. Although he obviously had a good understanding of probate, he practiced in another area of the law and wanted Valued Estates to do everything on behalf of his surviving mother as […]

Case Study 5 – Graham’s Story

We were called by a past client for the fifth time. His mother-in-law had died at Christmas in a care home. The children had recently sold their parents’ house to pay for the care fees. Unfortunately, she had died after only a few weeks at her new home. In this probate case study, probate was […]

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