Legal Executive Senior Associate, Probate

Sarah Crane

Sarah is a legal executive associate within the probate team at Thomson Snell & Passmore.

Sarah helps clients with all aspects of probate and estate administration work to include inheritance tax reporting, grant applications, deeds of variation and intestacies.

Sarah has a particular interest and experience in assisting clients with estates with a foreign element such as the deceased being non-domiciled or when an estate includes assets abroad. Sarah often works and is instructed by lawyers abroad to deal with an English element of an estate.

Sarah always aims to work closely with her clients and to work with them proactively to deal with the estate administration as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.


Sarah Crane

Specialisms & expertise

  • Applications for grants of representation – to include when the deceased left a Will or if they died intestate
  • Applications for a grant of representation in England & Wales when a deceased died non-domiciled
  • Inheritance tax reporting for estates – to include estates with trust elements, reportable lifetime gifting and foreign assets
  • Domicile enquiries with HMRC
  • Double taxation and unilateral relief claims
  • Deeds of variation.

Examples of work

Sarah recently acted for an estate for a non-domiciled individual

Sarah has acted for a number of estates

Sarah has also been acting for the executors dealing with the administration of a contentious estate with 17 tenanted properties.

Achievements & other appointments

Sarah was shortlisted for Junior Lawyer of the Year 2023 at Kent Junior Lawyer Law Society.

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Sarah qualified as a chartered legal executive in September 2018 having worked previously as a legal assistant in the team since October 2015.

Sarah has completed the STEP Diploma for Trusts and Estates with distinction.

Sarah has also completed STEP’s certificate in Cross Border Estates again with distinction.