Accreditation for Amanda.
A HOLME Valley accountant is among the first in the country to gain accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) to carry out probate work.
Until recently, probate - the process which is required to transfer ownership of property or assets from a deceased person to their beneficiaries - was the sole preserve of solicitors.
However, due to a change in the law, chartered accountants are now able to provide probate service after passing a rigorous set of exams and satisfying the ICAEW that they are an appropriate firm to deal with probate work.
Amanda Vigar, managing partner of V&A Bell Brown LLP in Holmfirth, is now able to carry out probate work via V&A Legal Ltd, She said the change in the law would open up the market and provide people with more choice.
She said: "We are proud to be among the first tranche of firms in the country to be authorised under these new rules.
"It makes perfect sense for appropriately qualified chartered accountants to be allowed to carry out probate work as it complements our existing services such as tax planning.
"After all, few know more about the financial affairs of their clients."