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Our solicitors can help you through Probate and estate administration with a tailored service offering exactly as much assistance or advice as you need.

If you’ve been named the executor of someone’s Will, you’re responsible for administering their estate. That means organising their assets, paying debts and taxes, and distributing what’s left according to the instructions left in the Will.

Before you can do this, you need to apply for a Grant of Probate.

We can help with and advise on any of these duties including:

  • Applying for a Grant of Probate
  • Investigating and valuing the estate
  • Collecting estate funds
  • Filling out income and inheritance tax returns and paying any tax due
  • Paying creditors
  • Selling or transferring ownership of property
  • Distributing funds and assets according to the Will
  • Managing any Trusts in the Will.

Our Probate lawyers can assist with as much or as little of the process as you like. We can simply get a Grant of Probate for you, or you can pass all of your executor duties on to us.

We can also advise on estate administration if someone close to you has died without a Will.

Our large team of Probate solicitors, based around the country, have helped thousands of people manage their loved ones’ estates. We can guide you through Probate as quickly and easily as possible, supporting you in your role as executor and making sure that the deceased’s estate is handled as they wished.

We work closely with in-house tax, property and family law experts to give comprehensive advice on all legal issues that can arise during Probate. We also have extensive experience advising on international wealth management, trusts, and high value property transactions.

Your case will be handled by our team of experts. Our legally-qualified team of senior associates, associates and solicitors are supervised by a Partner, and supported by expert paralegals and legal assistants with 5 to 15 years of experience.

To ensure you are clear on the service you'll receive and the price you can expect, please take a look at our prices section.

Contact us today to find out more about our probate and estate administration services.

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Probate - More Information
    • What Is Probate? What Is A Grant Of Probate?
    • The word ‘probate’ is often used to refer to the entire process of administering a dead person’s estate. This involves organising their money, assets and possessions and distributing them as the will instructs – after paying any taxes and debts.

      More specifically, a Grant of Probate is a legal document that confirms someone as the executor of an estate. This document gives them the authority to deal with the deceased’s assets.

      If you have been named as someone’s executor in their Will, you need to apply for a Grant of Probate before you can begin administering their estate as per their instructions.

      Read more about Probate and how it works.

    • What Is An Executor?
    • An executor is the person that the deceased has chosen to administer their estate. Someone’s executor is named in their Will.

      The executor has a number of responsibilities towards the deceased’s estate and the people they’ve chosen to leave assets to in their Will (these people are known as beneficiaries). Read more about the duties of an executor.

      If someone has died without a Will, the person that administers their estate is called an administrator and is chosen according to the Intestacy Rules. Read more about how probate works if there is no will.

    • How Does Probate Work?
    • Every estate and every Will is different. The exact Probate process can vary depending on the instructions left in the Will and how many assets, creditors, and beneficiaries the estate has.

      Probate can also be complicated if there are any disputes between the executor, beneficiaries, creditors, or HMRC.

      However, the basic process for an executor is:

      1. Gather the full details of the estate’s assets and debts
      2. Our solicitors will prepare the probate papers based on this information
      3. Complete an inheritance tax return and pay any tax due
      4. You receive a Grant of Probate
      5. Repay any of the deceased’s outstanding debts
      6. Distribute the rest of the estate according to the instructions left in the Will.

      This will take about a year for most estates. The exact amount of time will depend on the size and complexity of the estate and whether or not there are any disputes.

      Our solicitors can advise on or help with any stage of the Probate process. We can help if disputes are stopping you from making progress or can even take over your duties as executor entirely.

      Call us today on 0370 1500 100 to find out more.

    • What Is Intestacy?
    • Someone who dies without leaving a Will is known as ‘intestate’ and their estate is in intestacy. Their property is distributed according to the rules of intestacy since there is no Will to determine the deceased’s wishes.

      The rules of intestacy also set out who can administer the estate in place of a named executor. This person is known as an administrator.

      This also applies if someone leaves a Will but it is invalid.

      Read more about intestacy.

    • How Much Do Your Probate Services Cost?
    • We offer a highly personalised service for each of our customers. A straightforward UK estate, whether or not there is a valid will, is usually in the region of 2.5% of the value of the gross assets, with a minimum fee of £2,500 plus VAT. This fee is for dealing with the whole estate administration.

      If you only need us for specific parts of the administration the fee will vary depending on how much work needs to be done. Visit our pricing page to get more detailed information on our prices.

      When you speak to one of our team, we’ll judge how much work is involved based on your requirements and the size of the estate. We’ll give you an estimate for our fees before starting any work and – wherever possible – quote a fixed-fee cost for your peace of mind.

      Contact us online or call us on 0370 1500 100 for more information.

Irwin Mitchell are a very professional, trustworthy and straightforward company to deal with. I would recommend them to anyone."

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