Brumell & Sample Solicitors - Est. 1770

Probate and Trusts


When someone dies, their personal representative(s) have to administer the estate, either in accordance with the terms of the Will or under the intestacy rules if there is no Will. In many cases this will involve applying to the District Probate Registry for a Grant without which the assets cannot be collected. Further, where a Grant is necessary, a form has to be submitted to the HM Revenue & Customs listing the assets and their value.

Upon instruction by the personal representative(s) we will prepare the necessary Oath leading to the Grant together with the HM Revenue & Customs form and, where necessary, arrange for payment of inheritance tax. On receipt of the Grant we will collect all the assets and distribute them in accordance with the terms of the Will or the intestacy rules. Finally we will prepare an Estate Account showing all the assets and where they have gone.


Sometimes completing the administration is not the end of the story. For example, a beneficiary aged 13 at the date of death may have to wait until he is 21 before receiving his inheritance. That inheritance would be held by the personal representative(s) on trust until the beneficiary becomes 21.

Sometimes the Will creates a trust for inheritance tax purposes and the trustees have decisions to make regarding which assets to transfer to the trust. HM Revenue & Customs have to be notified of the existence of all trusts and will usually issue annual Tax Returns for completion by the trustees.

We can deal with all of these matters.

Probate Enquiries

Enquiries relating to probate should be addressed to the Probate Secretary,

Kris Andersen, Probate Solicitor

Kris Andersen first qualified as a solicitor in 1975, having previously worked on trust administration for a trust corporation. He has always specialised in wills, estate planning, estate administration, trusts, associated taxation and charity law with the aim of elucidating what can be a complex area for the ordinary person.

Kris came to the North East in 1976 to join one of the larger firms in Newcastle as head of the private client department, becoming a partner there in 1980. He left in 1999 when that firm was withdrawing from private client work and set up his own specialist consultancy practice which merged with another large Newcastle firm in 2001. When that firm was also cutting back on private client work in 2007, Kris left and joined Brumell & Sample.

Kris is a trustee of his local Methodist Church where he is a reader; a grant making charity dedicated to helping the young and disadvantaged; and Age Concern Northumberland where he is also chairman of the associated trading company.

Kris is married with two children and three (soon to be four!) grandchildren. In what little time he has outside work and family, Kris has performed on the Edinburgh Fringe with his local amateur dramatic club, enjoys hill walking and photography when the weather permits and has recently taken up archery “to give more point to life”.