If a will is written in the UK but death occurs when the person is living overseas or is abroad at the time of death, dealing with international estate administration can be extremely complex, as it will be necessary to apply to the appropriate authority before the estate can be administered.
In cases where there are internationally held assets – perhaps offshore – it can be a complex task trying to trace the assets for the purposes of estate administration and probate.
With international estate administration, there may also be family members or extended family members who contest the will – or multiple wills may exist in different jurisdictions.
If faced with international estate administration for a family member, it is essential to take expert legal advice from a specialist International Probate lawyer like our team, who can advise on international probate and make sure that the correct authority is obtained to enable the administration of the estate.
Duncan Lewis Probate solicitors can also advise in cases involving assets held in Commonwealth countries – or if the deceased was domiciled or died in a Commonwealth country.
Under the Colonial Probates Acts 1892 and 1927, Grants of Representation can be issued by the Courts of Commonwealth countries, as well as some other former colonies and protectorates.
Duncan Lewis can advise on the resealing of overseas probate in the UK Court – as well as advising on wills made in languages other than English, and affidavits of foreign law.
Duncan Lewis Probate solicitors also advise on Islamic wills made in the UK and probate.
Duncan Lewis Probate solicitors have considerable expertise in international estate administration, with a workforce that speaks more than 60 languages and extensive knowledge of international wills and probate law.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide – and we offer competitively-priced fixed fees, whenever possible, for international probate matters and estate administration, with hourly rates for contentious international probate matters.
For expert legal advice on wills, probate and international estate administration, call Duncan Lewis Wills and Probate solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409.