Probate Solicitors London

Unfortunately when a loved one dies there are a number of formalities which need to be dealt with in a time compliant manner. You may need to find out whether they left a Will or whether they owed anyone money. You may also need to try and get money released from their bank account in order to pay the funeral parlour bills. Sometimes beneficiaries will also need to be traced. All of these tasks can seem daunting when you are trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. We are here to advise you in a sympathetic manner at a difficult and sensitive time in your life.

In the UK, when your time comes to an end and you die, the executors of your Estate will have to apply for Probate, and make a return and declaration of the total value of the Estate to see if Inheritance Tax is due to the Government, Her MajestyÕs Revenue & Customs. The appropriate Inheritance Tax form, in the form of a scroll with a black ribbon is shown here along with a Probate Application form. The pocket watch is set to midnight: the end of time.

Probate Services

If you are the named Executor you have a number of duties to both the Estate and the Beneficiaries. We can help you fulfil your duties and can guide you with regard to what needs to be done.

In order to withdraw money from the deceased’s bank account or to sell their property you may need to apply for a Grant of Probate, or if they did not leave a Will, Letters of Administration.

We can take the strain out of the grieving period for you. We can complete the inheritance tax documents, draft the Oaths that need to be Sworn and then make the application for the relevant order to enable the release of the deceased’s assets.

Once that is done, we can assist with the Administration of the Estate in accordance with the Will or in accordance with the Intestacy Rules, which apply if the deceased did not leave a Will.

At the end of the Administration Period we will provide you with a comprehensive statement which illustrates what assets have been released, what bills have been paid and which Beneficiaries have received their gifts.

We offer an initial fixed fee consultation for 20 minutes at a cost of £50 + VAT to discuss the deceased’s affairs generally. If we are able to assist further we will provide a full costs estimate at that meeting. If you instruct us to deal with the probate, you will not be charged for the fixed fee consultation.

Contentious Probate

Should anyone challenge the validity of the Will or the last wishes of the deceased then sometimes Court proceedings are unavoidable. We can assist with this unwanted situation and advise and represent you should you wish to make such a challenge or indeed should you need to defend such a challenge on behalf of the Estate.

Occasionally, there are situations where you know that a Will has been prepared, but that the Will does not reflect the actual intentions of the deceased. Provided all beneficiaries agree to amending the Will, you can, within a permitted time, enter into a Deed of Family Arrangement to alter who gets what.

If you require further information or to discuss a Probate matter, please contact our Office on 020 8646 4885 or email us at: