Specialist Probate Solicitors in Essex & Suffolk
When a person dies, someone will need to take care of the deceased’s estate. Whilst the deceased will often appoint a loved-one to be their executor, the responsibility is significant. Duties include distributing money, property, and possessions to those entitled, as well as settling outstanding debts. We understand how difficult and upsetting it can be to deal with the estate and assets of someone close to you. Our specialist probate solicitors are committed to making the process as straightforward as possible.
If you have been appointed an executor of a will, or a family member has died without a will, contact us to speak to one of our probate solicitors.
Probate in 2 Easy Steps
Choose the service which suits your needs
Fixed Price Service
Apply for the Grant of Representation
Fixed-fee pricing from £895 plus VAT
Ideal for those who want to keep the costs at a minimum, where the estate is simple to administer, and you have the time and ability to handle the administration yourself.
- We work out if inheritance tax is payable
- We apply for the grant of probate
- We send the grant to you
- We keep you updated throughout
The Complete Service
Subject to requirements
Ideal for those who would prefer not to handle lots of paperwork, or if the estate is complex and inheritance tax is payable, and if there is potential for disputes to arise.
- We value the estate
- We apply for the grant
- We administer the estate
- We distribute to beneficiaries
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1 hr appointment worth up to £260 plus VAT
Meet with a solicitor and establish:
- if you need to apply for probate;
- the extent of the estate and what needs attending to;
- if there anything urgent which you need to do now;
- which of our services is most suited to you
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Our friendly and experienced probate team will guide you through every step.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The death should be registered with the Registrar, and once the Death Certificate has been issued you can then commence dealing with the estate of the deceased, for example notifying banks and building societies. We would recommend that you obtain several copies of the death certificate as you will need to send these to various institutions.
The Registrar should offer what is called the ‘Tell Us Once’ service, which notifies all government departments of the deceased’s passing.
The death certificate will be required in order for the original will to be released to the Executors if, for example, the will is held by a firm of solicitors. The Executors will also be required to present their identity documentation.
If someone dies without a will, their estate will pass in accordance with what is known as the rules of intestacy. This is set out in statute and defines the order in which the next of kin of the deceased will inherit and also who is entitled to act in the administration of the estate.
Probate is the document which evidences the authority of the Executors to act in the administration of the estate, for example in the sale of a property or the closure of an account. It is ‘granted’ by the Probate Registry following submission of the appropriate inheritance tax return and the original will of the person who has passed away.