‘A Practical Guide to Administering Estates and Obtaining Probate in England & Wales’ by Stephanie Christie-Carmichael


Paperback: 978-1-912687-24-4
Published: March 2023
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This book is designed to provide trainee solicitors, general practitioners and solicitors who don’t normally deal with estates a guide to dealing with the practical and effective administration of estates in England & Wales. It covers the main issues that the practitioner/Executor is likely to come up against when dealing with an estate. It also aims to highlight opportunities to add value to the Executors and beneficiaries and create further business opportunities for the practice.


Stephanie Christie-Carmichael is a consultant private client solicitor with over 17 years’ experience in dealing exclusively with Wills, trusts, succession & Inheritance Tax planning for high net-worth individuals and estate administration across mainland UK.

Stephanie was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. Stephanie studied Business Law and graduated with a BA Hons from the University of Strathclyde before returning to complete her LLB and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Stephanie started her career in private practice before moving in house to global accountancy firm, Mazars. From there, she became Managing Director with EBS Trustees Limited, one of Scotland’s oldest Will writing & private trust companies, before returning to private practice in 2020 as a Consultant Solicitor.

As well as being a current member of the Law Society of Scotland, Stephanie is also a Notary Public and a full member of STEP (The Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners), an internationally recognised association for private client professionals. Stephanie has also attained STEP diplomas in both Scottish and English Wills, Trusts and Estates as well as STEP’s English Advanced Certificate in Will Writing which was obtained with distinction.

Stephanie’s first book “How to Settle an Estate in Scotland – a Practical Guide” was published in 2021 and is available from Law Brief Publishing, Amazon and all good book shops.

A well-known face in the West of Scotland business community, Stephanie is also a regular contributor to Quality Radio’s “Legal Matters” program.

Connect with Stephanie via Social Media at:
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniechristiecarmichael
Instagram – @stephaniechristiecarmichael


Chapter One – Preliminary Matters
Chapter Two – Intestate Estates
Chapter Three – Testate Estates
Chapter Four – Commorientes Rule
Chapter Five – Commencing the Administration of the Estate
Chapter Six – Protecting the Executors
Chapter Seven – Initial Investigations
Chapter Eight – Assets Written in Trust
Chapter Nine – Types of Grant
Chapter Ten – Settled Land
Chapter Eleven – Applying for the Grant
Chapter Twelve – Stopping a Grant
Chapter Thirteen – Knowing When a Grant Has Been Made
Chapter Fourteen – Problem Executors
Chapter Fifteen – Ingathering Assets
Chapter Sixteen – Payment of Debts & Expenses, Distribution & Discharge
Chapter Seventeen – Varying the Terms of an Estate
Chapter Eighteen – Inheritance Tax
Chapter Nineteen – Income Tax
Chapter Twenty – Capital Gains Tax
Chapter Twenty-One – Contesting Estates
Chapter Twenty-Two – Business Development Opportunities
Chapter Twenty-Three – Useful Addresses and Contact Details
Chapter Twenty-Four – Further Reading