When someone dies, his or her estate enters the process of Probate. A person's estate consists of everything that they own - including money, property, shares and possessions. If the estate is over £5,000, includes stocks or shares, insurance policies or land held in their own name or tenants in common, a Grant of Probate is required to administer the estate.
Grieving for a loved one is a difficult time, and the probate process can be challenging and complex. We aim to make probate less stressful by providing a compassionate and reassuring service, with efficient, expert probate law advice.
Please bring the following documents with you to your appointment (if possible):
Probate is the process that appoints someone to deal with the estate of the deceased. If there is a Will, it is lodged with the Probate Registry and the person(s) named in the Will as Executor(s) will be granted Probate (the right to deal with the estate).
If there is no Will a suitable person, usually the closest relative, will apply to the Probate Registry for the right to administer the estate. The Probate Registry will then issue the Letters of Administration. The application for Letters of Administration may also require an Inland Revenue form to be filled out and the applicant will need to attend an interview with the Probate Registry.
Our charges will be calculated on the basis of the time spent dealing with your matter. An account will be rendered upon receipt of the Grant of Probate, thereafter at intervals of three months and finally upon the winding up of the Estate. In addition, if we act as an Executor there will be a charge of 0.75% of the value of any residence and 1.5% of the value of the gross estate less the residence. However, if we do not act as an Executor there will be a charge of 0.5% of the value of any residence and 1% of the value of the Estate less any residence.