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Probate

When somebody dies, it falls to their executors (if they have made a will) or certain family members (where there is no will) to organise their affairs.

This includes:

  • Registering the death
  • Arranging the funeral
  • Locating the will (if there is one)
  • Notifying all of the relevant people and organisations of the death, e.g. DWP, banks
  • Ascertaining the value of the deceased’s estate, taking into account all of their assets and liabilities.
  • Where necessary, arranging for certain assets to be valued.
  • Distributing any specific gifts in the will, e.g. jewellery, to the beneficiaries
  • Where required, completing an Inheritance Tax return and paying any Inheritance Tax which may be due
  • Where required, applying for and obtaining a Grant of Probate (if there is a will) or Letters of Administration (where there is no will)
  • Arranging for the assets to be sold and for the funds to be collected
  • Paying any debts of the deceased, including the funeral
  • Preparing a set of final accounts showing all payments into and out of the estate
  • Distributing the money to the beneficiaries in accordance with the will or in line with the requirements laid down by law, where there is no will

For most people, this is an upsetting time and you may not feel that you are able to take these practical steps.

How we can help you:

Whether you are an executor or a close family member if there is no will, we can assist you with all areas of administering the estate of a person who has died.

We will arrange an initial appointment to meet you and discuss your requirements.

We are aware that some people like to deal with certain elements of the administration themselves and we are happy for you to be involved as little or as much as like.

How much does it cost?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to give you an indication of our fees for dealing with the estate of someone who has died, either on this website or over the telephone.

To give you a quotation, we need to meet you and take various details about the affairs of the person who has died, so that we can establish exactly what is required.

Whereas some firms may charge you fee based on an hourly rate or a percentage of the value of the estate, we are aware that this can lead to uncertainty surrounding costs, so we are happy to provide you with a fixed price for the work we will carry out.

What should I do now?

If you require assistance with obtaining a Grant of Probate or in dealing with the affairs of somebody who has died, please contact Rebecca Rudge in our Wills & Probate department for further information or to book your initial appointment.