International Probate Solicitors

If you have been made an executor for a loved one’s estate abroad, we can help.

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Foreign Estates

Have you been made an executor or administrator for a loved one’s estate that includes assets abroad? This process, known as executry, probate and/or confirmation, can be made even more complex, if your loved one owned assets abroad or if they were a foreign national with assets in Scotland.

Dealing with an estate after someone has died can be an emotional and stressful time, and you may want to consider enlisting the help of international probate solicitors.

Neil Kilcoyne is an accomplished law firm situated in Glasgow. We have the knowledge and expertise with international probate (also known as confirmation) and executry to help and support you through managing and winding up a loved one’s estate both within Scotland and internationally. 

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Dealing with an International Estate

When someone dies, their estate, which can include money, property, shares and possessions must be administered. The person who is made responsible for administering the deceased estate, is known as an executor and the process is known as probate/confirmation

International or cross-border probate/confirmation happens when the deceased lived in one country but owned assets in a different country. Your case may fall under this category if the deceased was a:

  • Scottish national who owned assets abroad
  • Foreign national who owned assets in Scotland
  • An expatriate who still had assets in Scotland 
  • Someone who lived in Scotland whose official home for tax is in another country

International Probate Lawyers in Glasgow

International Probate can be complicated and a lot more time-consuming than normal executry and confirmation. When it comes to administering an estate with foreign assets, it is essential to have an understanding of the different taxes, laws, and processes in the country that holds the assets, as well as a thorough understanding and knowledge of Scottish laws. 

To administer an international estate, it is highly recommended to seek the advice and services of a trustworthy and knowledgeable International Probate Lawyer in Scotland, like Neil Kilcoyne, who will do the hard work and research for you. 


Our International Probate Services

At Neil Kilcoyne we’ve a wealth of experience working with complex international executry cases, including high-value and large, complex, international estates. 

Our international probate services include:


Winding up Foreign Estates in Scotland

If you happen to end up being an executor of a will and estate of a person who lived abroad, it will be easiest for you to wind up the estate from home in Scotland as opposed to dealing with legal procedures and taxes abroad. However, this isn’t always possible. Our international probate lawyers will be able to advise you on if you can wind up a foreign estate in Scotland, depending on the laws of that country and Scottish laws. If it is not possible, we can guide and assist you in your application abroad. 

If the international estate you are dealing with can be wound up in Scotland, we can assist you in obtaining your grant of confirmation as soon as possible and obtaining the necessary paperwork and relevant documents from foreign authorities, all on your behalf.

Where a Scottish national had assets abroad, usually in the form of property, our International Probate Solicitors will be able to assist you in securing your assets and instructing foreign solicitors. 

Why Choose Our International Probate Lawyers?

Neil Kilcoyne provides top class international probate, executry and confirmation services no matter where you are based. We are dedicated to supporting our clients in helping them settle all aspects of an international estate and our expert knowledge of international probate is what sets us apart. 

Our international probate lawyers are a highly experienced team who will navigate the entire process from obtaining a grant of probate to handing out the assets and inheritance. With a tailored approach, our services are bespoke to your exact needs, and we can advise or take over the probate process for you. 

We’ll ensure to keep you informed and clear throughout the confirmation process and explain clearly what is going to happen at each stage, so you are always in the know. 

Get in touch today to discuss your international probate needs with one of our experienced international probate lawyers. 

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The time-frame of an international probate depends on the size and complexity of a person’s estate. For most estates, probate can take anywhere between six months to two years to complete.

Not always. In the initial stages, prior to managing the assets, it will be necessary to ascertain the jurisdictions and legal frameworks governing these assets, as each country operates with subtle legal variations. The domicile of the deceased will have influence, so it’s important to prioritise the determination of this aspect from the outset.

While Confirmation is acknowledged in England and Wales, and a Grant of Probate is acknowledged in Scotland, those given the task must determine the applicable succession laws for the estate. This will hold significant importance, especially concerning possible claims that might arise against the estate.

Not exactly. In England, probate serves as a declaration to everyone that the individuals mentioned as executors possess the right to manage the estate’s possessions as stipulated in the will.

In Scotland, confirmation operates to essentially hand over the estate’s assets to the executors, enabling them to manage these assets in accordance with the will’s conditions. In the legal context, Scottish executors assume the role of the deceased person and hold exclusive authority to handle the assets and uphold their entitlements. For instance, they can collect any outstanding debts owed to the estate.