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Probate & Estate Administration

Every day we change the lives of our probate & estate administration clients by supporting them through what is a very difficult time.

Our team of specialist solicitors understand the importance of delivering a sensitive and efficient service for our clients following the passing of a friend or loved one.

How can we help:

We can assist you with the initial practical steps through to obtaining a Grant of Probate and can assist with the full estate administration including distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or rules of intestacy (where no Will has been made). A Grant of Probate is not always required depending on the type and ownership of the assets within the estate.

We deal with all types of probate & estate administration matters from small estates, where no inheritance tax is payable to complex, taxable, and high value estates involving property in foreign countries.

Speak to our experts

For a FREE initial consultation with our expert Probate team, simply complete the form on this page, call 01244 356 789 or email info@cullimoredutton.co.uk.

Resealing Grants of Representation in England and Wales

If a person passes away outside of the UK, leaving assets registered in England and Wales, the personal representatives must obtain authority to administer these assets. If a foreign Grant of Representation has been issued, depending on the country the foreign grant is issued in, an application may be made for that grant to be resealed in a probate court in England or Wales.

This is usually less expensive and far more convenient than beginning the whole process again in England or Wales and our team has a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area.

Speak to our experts

For a FREE initial consultation with our expert Probate team, simply complete the form on this page, call 01244 356 789 or email info@cullimoredutton.co.uk.

Why choose us for your Probate & Estate Administration matter? Because we are:

Experienced

Our team has more than 70 years’ experience of helping, supporting, and advising clients on their Wills, LPAs, Trusts, Tax and Estates.

Specialists

Our team are all specialists in this area of law and are either qualified members or working towards membership of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Understanding

We understand the importance of delivering a considerate and approachable service when dealing with sensitive matters at what can often be a difficult time.

Who will work on your Probate & Estate Administration matter?

A fully qualified lawyer. Your matter will either be handled or supervised by a solicitor with at least 10 years’ experience in this area of work.

Some areas of work may be supported by our Paralegal team.

Administrative duties will be undertaken by our support staff.

As Head of Department, Adele Bebbington-Plant has overall responsibility for the supervision of all work carried out by her team.

Pricing

Discover more about charges for our Probate & Estate Management services by visiting our pricing page.

Our Wills & Probate Department

Louise Holmes​

Louise Holmes​

Solicitor | Associate Director | Trust and Estate Practitioner
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2011
Additional Qualifications: Full member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Qualified 2017), Member of Solicitors for the Elderly (Qualified 2019)
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Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton Solicitors in June 2022 as an Associate Director and a Solicitor in the Wills & Probate Department.

I qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and have over 10 years of experience working in wills, trusts, probate and the administration of estates.

I am a fully qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) which ensures that I have the skills and expertise to deal with complex trust and estate matters and provide highly specialised advice in these areas. I am also a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).

I specialise in all aspects of Private Client work and have expertise in:

  • The creation of Wills
  • Trusts and inheritance tax planning
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Administration of estates

Outside of work my 3 children and my Cavapoo keep me busy!

Kainat Jones

Kainat Jones

Solicitor
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2021
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Hello, I qualified as a Solicitor in 2021 and worked in a North Wales solicitors practice for a year before joining Cullimore Dutton in January 2022.

Originally from North Wales, I graduated from Bangor University with a Law degree before completing my Legal Practice Course (LPC) alongside a Master of Law from the University of Law, Chester.

I am delighted to be a member in our Wills & Probate Team and take pride in supporting our clients through a variety of private client work, including administering estates, drafting wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Outside of work, I enjoy baking, up-cycling furniture and spending time with my family, I am also a fluent Welsh-speaker.

Sarah Gill

Sarah Gill

Senior Paralegal
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2015 (Paralegal Practice Qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration)
Additional Qualifications: Dementia Friends training (2018)
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Hello, I joined Cullimore Dutton’s Wills & Probate Team in January 2017 as a paralegal having worked in the Wrexham and Chester offices of Slater and Gordon (formerly Walker Smith Way) for the previous 10 years. In 2015 I completed a Specialist Paralegal Qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration in 2015 through the University of Strathclyde. 

I specialise in wills, powers of attorney and estate administration while supporting the team with a variety of trust work. 

Outside of work, I enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables and lots of baking! 

Sarah Cheers

Sarah Cheers

Paralegal
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2015 (Paralegal Practice Qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration)
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Hello. I joined the Wills & Probate Team in April 2020 as a Paralegal. 

I have worked in Wills & Probate for over nine years, initially as a Legal Secretary. I later completed a specialist paralegal qualification – Paralegal Practice Qualification in Wills, Probate and Administration of Estates in 2015 through the University of Strathclyde. 

I assist the team with wills, powers of attorney, and the administration of estates. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking my dog and love going on holidays! 

Phil Appleby

Philip Appleby

Director and Associate Solicitor TEP
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2009
Additional Qualifications: Full member of STEP (Qualified 2013), Dementia Friends training (2018)
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Hello, I qualified as a Solicitor in 2009, working in Manchester for several years before relocating to Chester. 

Prior to joining Cullimore Dutton I was Team Leader for Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate at Slater and Gordon’s, (formerly Walker Smith Way’s) Chester, Wrexham and Preston Offices. I am an now a Director working within the company’s Wills & Probate Team and specialise in all aspects of private client work, with a particular focus on administering estates and trusts. 

I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). 

Anna Unett

Anna Unett

Associate Solicitor TEP
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 1996
Additional Qualifications: Full member of STEP (Qualified 2004), Dementia Friends training (2018)
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Hello, I qualified as a Solicitor in 1996 and joined Cullimore Dutton in 2013. I have always specialised in trusts and tax, wills, estate administration and succession planning. With a first-class law degree from Cambridge University, I trained and practised in London before returning to practise in Chester at Walker Smith Way.  

I have a huge range of practical experience in the private client field and couple a strong technical ability with a pragmatic approach to advice. I have particular expertise in: 

  • The creation of wills 
  • Trusts and inheritance tax planning 
  • Complex estates and where there is a foreign element 
  • Powers of Attorney. 

I am a full member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP). 

Alex Boden

Alex Boden

Solicitor TEP
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2018
Additional Qualifications: Full member of STEP (Qualified 2021), Dementia Friends training (2019)
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Hello, I qualified as a Solicitor in 2018 and worked in a Manchester-based solicitors for three years before joining Cullimore Dutton in May 2021. 

I graduated from the University of Law Chester with a first-class law degree and obtained a distinction on the Legal Practice Course (LPC). I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) having qualified with distinction in 2021. 

I specialise in all aspects of Private Client work including the creation of wills and lasting powers of attorney, care home fee planning, estate and trust administration. With a caring manner, I take pride in providing clients with straightforward, practical advice. 

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, cooking, yoga and watching the rugby.  

Jesca Knott

Jesca Knott

Trainee Solicitor
Wills & Probate Team
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Hello. I joined the Family Law team in May 2020 as a Paralegal after graduating from the University of Manchester with a Law degree and subsequently gaining a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course as well as a Masters in Professional Practice. 

Having previously worked in a large legal practice in Manchester I relocated to Chester to join Cullimore Dutton. I enjoy working closely as part of a team and I am passionate about working with clients to achieve the best outcome. I look forward to improving my knowledge and skills in this area of law. In 2021 I was delighted to be offered a training contract and to take on the role of Trainee Solicitor and as part of my training moved to our Wills & Probate team in April 2022. 

Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, going to the gym and socialising with friends and family. I am also enjoying getting to know the lovely City of Chester and all it has to offer. 

Adele Bebbington Plant

Adele Bebbington-Plant

Solicitor | Director | Head of Wills & Probate
Wills & Probate Team
Qualified 2007
Additional Qualifications: Dementia Friends training (2018)
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Hello, I joined the firm as a Trainee Solicitor in 2005, after gaining a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at Chester College of Law. On qualification, I became a member of our well-respected Wills & Probate Team.

In 2020 I was appointed as Head of Department and in February 2021 I was delighted to take on the role of Director joining our senior management team. As Head of Department, I have overall responsibility for the supervision of all work carried out by my team.

I advise on all aspects of private client work, including wills, inheritance tax planning, planning for care home fees, asset protection, probate and estate administration. I also deal with Court of protection work. This includes making Deputyship applications and advising on the preparation, registration and use of Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

I also advice clients on trust creation and administration including the administration of charitable trusts.

Outside work, I enjoy life with my husband and three children. My interests are music and travel.

I can’t thank you enough for being so kind, so patient and so helpful throughout the whole process, especially when everything got on top of me. Thank you for being so generous with your time too. I have found things very challenging since Dad died, particularly trying to keep Mum afloat and manage her house and all her affairs too.

Thank you once again for everything you have done for us, especially me, it has been very much appreciated. I have learned that there is more to Estate Administration than meets the eye and that it is best left to the professionals in future!

Cullimore Dutton Wills & Probate client

I would like to thank you for your kind help and efficiency (and patience!) throughout this process. It hasn’t been an easy time personally, especially at the beginning soon after Mum’s passing. However, I am sure you have been responsible in many ways for making the process as stress free and as straight forward as possible.

Cullimore Dutton Wills & Probate client

 

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