We are regularly instructed by overseas solicitors whose clients have assets in Scotland, while domiciled overseas.
New protocol for estate administration to help grieving relatives
A new protocol designed to ease the administrative burden on family members in England who suffer a bereavement has been agreed by the British Bankers' Association (BBA), the Law Society and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
The protocol covers the exchange of information between banks and solicitors and estate practitioners following the death of a bank customer.
It brings clarity to probate-related dealings between solicitors and banks by allowing solicitors to efficiently negotiate the different administrative procedures used by banks for releasing assets held by deceased customers. It has been signed on behalf of Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, Halifax, Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest and covers the handling of current, savings, credit card and unsecured loan accounts.
Law Society president Lucy Scott Moncrieff said:
'This protocol unlocks the labyrinth of administration, costs and stress for grieving relatives by helping their solicitor to negotiate the different administrative procedures involved in winding-up an estate. Managing relationships with banks and building societies has long been a problematic aspect of probate practice. This new arrangement is a considerable achievement and we hope to see more banks participate in the protocol in the future.'
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The death of a loved one is a difficult and stressful time. Our Scottish executry solicitors, based in Glasgow, can help bring your loved one’s affairs to a swift conclusion.
The death of a loved one can be a traumatic and emotional event, we understand this and can offer clear, impartial advice on all aspects of obtaining confirmation.
Wilson and Fish act for lawyers and clients all over the world. We can help you wind up a loved one’s estate in Scotland wherever in the world you are located.
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We are a niche firm specialising in Executry, Probate & Estate Administration.
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Our lawyers and advisors provide clear and unambiguous advice to help our clients plan for their future. At difficult and painful times following bereavement they provide sympathetic assistance to guide our clients through what can be complicated and sensitive issues.