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What is a Trust Corporation?

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What even is a “Trust Corporation?”

A lot of people assume that only solicitors can administer to estates. That is not entirely true. Trust corporations are legally capable of running deceased persons’ estates, acting as trustees and overseeing trust businesses. They can also act as professional attorneys.

But what is a trust corporation?

It is a limited company, with shareholders like most normal companies, with a protected share value of £250,000. This means it keeps safe capital. It is empowered by its articles of association to undertake the types of work mentioned above: probate, estates and trusts. They do not need to employ solicitors in order to work effectively.

The SWW Trust Corporation is an excellent example. Our estate managers are all legally qualified professionals with years of experience in Wills, probate and estate administration. They do not charge per letter like solicitors, nor for the time they take speaking to you personally over the telephone.

What are the advantages of a trust corporation?

  • They are inexpensive. Capital costs are relatively low, so they do not need to charge excessive rates.
  • The same legal experience and professionalism you could expect from a law firm.
  • Most solicitors may “dabble” in probate and estate administration as a side-line, not with a great level of expertise. For trust corporations, it is a daily routine with which they are entirely familiar.
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • We make decisions and act in an entirely impartial manner, ensuring that estate is dealt with fairly.

So, if you are trying to find a law firm to help you administer to an estate or obtain probate, or want to include a professional executor in your own Will, you would find it easier, cheaper and more effective not to instruct a solicitor, but instead to talk to us at SWW Trust Corporation. We would be happy to talk to you about how we work and what we can do to help you.


Why not give us a call on 01522 581570



How do you register a death?

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How do I register a death?

Regrettably, the fact that the doctor has announced death is not the only part of this process. The death must be registered by a suitable informant (ordinarily a family member) at the Register Office. Otherwise, death certificates are unavailable, as is the “green form” necessary for burial or cremation.

The following steps should help in most circumstances in England and Wales.

  • Book an appointment at the register office.
  • Ensure that either you have, or the register office has, the medical certificate of death.
  • Bring your own proof of ID as the informant, including proof of address.
  • Bring as much of the following information as possible about the deceased: birth certificate, Council Tax bill, driving licence, marriage or civil partnership certificate, NHS medical card, passport and proof of address (eg utility bill).
  • Be ready to give information about the person’s full name, any previous names, eg maiden name; the person’s date and place of birth, their last address, their occupation; the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner; and whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits.

You will need to pay for the death certificates when these are available: consult the registrar’s office with regard to payment methods.

If the death was unexpected the Coroner may need to be involved, and may require an inquest. This being so arrangements can be made for an “interim” death certificate until a full, official original can be sought.

A similar process must take place in the event that the deceased died in Scotland or Northern Ireland. If the deceased died abroad additional requirements will apply and you should check the government’s website for further information.

If the informant lives in a different county to the deceased, they must register the death “by declaration” at their own nearest register office. The registrars will talk through what this means.

If during this time you have executorship concerns or need help administering to the estate, please let us know.