Partner, Probate

Esther Lee

Esther is a Partner in the Estate, Tax and Succession team specialising in probate and estate administration. With over 20 years’ experience Esther has a broad range of understanding for all areas of private client work.

Esther helps clients through the process of administering an estate aiming to take the burden from the family at a difficult time. Esther prepares Inheritance Tax returns and advises on the exemptions and reliefs available in order to help reduce the burden of tax.

She also identifies opportunities for post-death planning in order to maximise reliefs available by varying the terms of the Will or by re-arranging the terms of Will trusts.
Agricultural estates and the tax planning connected to them is of particular interest to Esther and she works closely with her colleagues in the agricultural property team.

Esther also assists her clients with their lifetime time estate planning. Esther joined the firm 2017 from a prominent private client law firm in London having previously worked for other highly regarded law firms in the South East.

Esther Lee

Specialisms & expertise

  • Probate and estate administration
  • Agricultural Inheritance Tax advice
  • Agricultural and business relief claims for Inheritance Tax purposes
  • Post death estate planning including deeds of variation
  • Wills and lifetime succession planning
  • Powers of Attorney.

Examples of work

Assisting the executors with the administration of the estate of a deceased farmer.

Advising the executors of an estate where the deceased held valuable shares in a company whose main activity is the production and distribution of television programmes.

Advising the executors on reliefs available on an agricultural estate.

Advising the executors of the deceased who owned and ran two businesses as a sole trader, two businesses in partnership and had shareholdings in four limited companies.

Acting for the executors of the deceased who owned and ran two businesses as a sole trader, two businesses in partnership and had shareholdings in four limited companies.

Achievements & other appointments

Esther is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Agricultural Law Association.

Esther is listed as a Citywealth Leader and is named as a Rising Star by The Legal 500.

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Esther graduated with a BSc Honours Degree in Plant Science at Wye College, University of London and received her Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course from the London Guildhall University.

Esther has sat further professional exams from 2007 to 2008 for the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners diploma for England and Wales (Trusts and Estates) for which Esther was awarded the award for Outstanding Student of the Year 2008/09 and the Trust and Estate Accounting Student of the Year.

Esther also took the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners Advanced Certificate in Will Preparation for which she achieved the highest mark for the March 2013 sitting.