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Probate Practitioner's Handbook

8th Edition
General Editor: Lesley King
Availability: Published

The Probate Practitioner's Handbook is a well-established and popular guide to good practice for solicitors' firms that undertake probate and estate administration work.

This eighth edition has been comprehensively updated by leading experts to take account of developments relating to:

  • money Laundering Regulations, including the requirements of the Trusts Registration Service
  • probate disputes and Inheritance Act claims including the implications of the supreme court decision in Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others
  • inheritance tax including implications of the new residence nil rate band for those administering estates
  • the new Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 and the procedure for declarations of death under the Presumption of Death Act 2013
  • proposed changes to probate fees.
  • New chapters have been written to cover two increasingly important areas:
    • the obligations of personal representatives in relation to digital assets
    • dealing with foreign assets, domicile and residence issues.

Features such as checklists, precedents, case commentaries and examples enhance the book's usefulness.


  1. Part I - Probate and the professional rules:
  2. 1. Wills and Inheritance Protocol
  3. 2. Taking instructions
  4. 3. Client care
  5. 4. Non-contentious costs
  6. 5. Complaints
  7. 6. Financial services and money laundering
  8. 7. SRA Accounts Rules 2011.
  10. Part II - Probate, wills and the law:
  11. 8. The law on wills and succession: a review
  12. 9. Revocation and revival of wills
  13. 10. Interpretation and rectification of wills
  14. 11. Time for probate
  15. 12. Appointing guardians of children
  16. 13. Probate and benefits
  17. 14. Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  18. 15. Contentious probate.
  20. Part III - Practical probate:
  21. 16. Inheritance tax
  22. 17. Varying the disposition of an estate
  23. 18. Probate problems
  24. 19. Dealing with digital assets
  25. 20. Dealing with foreign assets and estates
  26. 21. Accounting and distributing
  27. 22. Probate practice checklists.
  29. Appendices.

About the Author

Professor Lesley King is a well-known and respected commentator and lecturer on private client matters. Lesley is an authoritative and clear communicator, with a number of publications to her credit.




Private client


April 2018


Law Society




608 Pages